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History of the St. Croix
Initial establishment of the project as Virgin Islands Training for
Adult Literacy (V.I.T.A.L.), for the orientation and training of
Administrators. It included 18 hours of tutor training funded by the
National Diffusion Network Facilitators Project and the State
Department of Bilingual Education. The purpose was to provide
one-on-one tutoring for adults with reading competency of 4th
grade or less. It was based on the F.I..S.T. (Functional In-Service
Training) model developed by Middlesex College, New Jersey.
The State Office of Adult Education Assumed fiscal and
administrative responsibility. Thirty individuals completed the
second tutor training workshop. Eight tutors were bilingual.
The First V.I.T.A.L. newsletter was created to bring the latest
information to the volunteers for literacy on St. Croix. The third
training class was conducted. Established a one-on-one tutoring
project at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.
The Virgin Islands Virgin
Islands Literacy Alliance was initiated by the Florence Williams
Public Library, it consisted of all the agencies, organizations and
entities involved in the advancement of adult literacy.
A plan for the cooperation between the public library literacy
program and V.I.T.A.L. was agreed to and the name was change to
Literacy Center of St. Croix. The center was located on the fourth
floor of the Florence Williams Public Library.
The Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums applied for a
$25,000 grant from the LSCA (Library Services and Construction Act)
for the expansion of the Literacy Center with the library by
providing reading instruction to adults who were illiterate, hoping
to attract adults and their families as patrons of the public
to build the reading collections
To hire a
part-time Literacy Center Technician
the awareness of the program
Hurricane Hugo destroyed the
Florence Williams Public Library and severely damaged its
The Literacy Center was re-opened in estate Zion Farm under the
Dept. of Education Adult Education Division.
Re-established literacy tutoring program at the Golden Grove Adult
The first tutor training
since Hurricane Hugo was conducted in March 1991. 23 Tutors were
Trained and several of them were matched with adult new readers.
The St.Croix Adult Literacy
Alliance, a non-profit organization was formed and incorporated in
the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the Alliance is to promote
literacy programs, to receive grants and gifts, to organize
fund-raising activities and to act in the interest of adult literacy
on St. Croix.
The New Adult Readers Room of the Florence Williams Public Library
opened in partnership with the St. Croix Literacy Center.
National Connections Adult Literacy Project
"National Connections" is
designed to give adult literacy students an opportunity to gather
with their peers to discuss timeless themes and to make connections,
sometimes for the first time, between books and their own lives. It
was offered by a coalition that consists of the library, the state
humanities council, a local literacy organization, and a scholar.
The Florence Williams Public
Library was one of 40 libraries nationwide selected to participate
in this project organized by the Vermont Council on the Humanities
in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs
Office. The project was funded by a grant from the National
Endowment for the Humanities. A team of four from the Virgin Islands
including the Literacy Coordinator, the Virgin Island Humanities
Council, a reading scholar from the University of the Virgin Islands
and a librarian participated in the training and conducted a pilot
project at the Florence Williams Public Library.
National Prime Time Family Reading Program
FWPL was selected as one of
14 libraries in the U.S. as a participant in the National Prime Time
Family Reading Program. This is a reading, discussion and
storytelling series offered by the Louisiana Endowment for the
Humanities in partnership with the American Library Association and
funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Locally the
library worked in cooperation with the VISTA/Americorp program, the
V.I.Humanities Council, the St.Croix Literacy Center and the FRIENDS
on this project.
This project received at
least three mentions in local newspapers and numerous hits on local
radio and television. One article was a cover story with cover
photograph which appeared in The St.Croix Avis on July
was a total of 97 people registered, among them 28 families. The
total attendance was 308 for the six consecutive Saturday sessions.
The average weekly attendance was
51.6% with 14.6% adults and 36.6% children. 20 library cards were
issued to this group. Plans are to further evaluate the project and
determine as to whether to continue it, hopefully in all the V.I.
2001 The USVI READS Story and
Art Time Program continued in its second year as a family literacy
program at the Florence Williams Public Library. This project is
organized by AmeriCorp/VISTA Janice Daniels. This program
requires review and perhaps, revision in that this is the final year
for the VISTA/Americorp Program.
2003 The FWPL purchased
$10,000 worth of Literacy Volunteers of America materials for the
St.Croix Literacy Center/Adult New Readers room.
tutor training sessions were held at the Florence Williams Public
2005 New Literacy Coordinator
The Division of
Libraries and Archives
1122 King St., Christiansted,
St. Croix, VI 00820
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St. Thomas, VI 00802