By Wallace Williams                                                                                                                   

When originating this project (as a newspaper column back in the 80’s), little did I know that the future would provide an opportunity to have it appear all over the world on a medium we know as the Internet/world wide web. The column appeared each week for several years, in the St.Croix Avis, a daily newspaper in St.Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. This being the first to appear on the Internet, gives me time for pause. What follows is a special contribution, a special opportunity to reflect on what the library is all about, truly what’s in it for us.

I received in the mail, a reprint of the Carnegie Corporation of New York 1998 Annual Report written by Vartan Gregorian, President. It marks the celebration of 100 years since Andrew Carnegie’s "remarkable" gift to New York to establish sixty-five branch libraries. Mr. Gregorian presents an excellent essay describing "Libraries and Andrew Carnegie’s Challenge". With this opportunity, I am using it to re-introduce my column. His writing on the public library is truly inspiring.  I invite you to read Vartan's report and enjoy it.
My hope is that the other contributions which I will continue to include here will interest you as well...   May 23, 1999--"Libraries and Carnegie's Challenge"--Essay from Annual Report By: Vartan Gregorian

February 1, 2009 The Role of Libraries in Economic Hard Times NPR, Diane Rehm Show Audio

May 16, 2008 The Poem Au Revoir, Césaire By Edgar Lake

March 13, 2007 Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts 2007 Exhibition

April 20, 2005 Poetry@ your library...workshop

March 25, 2005 Edgar O. Lake Bibliography

February 23, 2005 Teddy Seymour--The First black man to sail around the world alone...

January 1, 2004 The Russell Report--Newsletter by Senator Ronald Russell, Legislature of the Virgin Islands

March 8, 2003
Agassiz’s legacy  Scientists’ Reflections on the Value of Field Experience by Elizabeth Gladfelter.  A book review by Wallace Williams

October 23, 2002 The 2nd Annual National Book Festival by Edgar Lake

July 1, 2002--Seminar for Olympic Academies of the Pan American region By Wallace Williams

July 1, 2002 The Lift...a poem about Jackie Robinson by Edgar Lake

June 21, 2002
Sharon Robinson Shares Her Father's Legacy @Your Library... by Wallace Williams

June 19, 2002 Lindbergh Lands in Virgin Edgar Lake

January 10, 2002--Fine Bindings--An Exhibit of Book Bindings by Wilfredo Geigel

December 30, 2001--CUBA, aqui y ahora! CUBA, here and now! a presentation/exhibit by Sylvania Golphin and Dr. Robert Vaughn

November 28, 2001--Proving Federal Crimes: by David Nissman, Corpus Juris Publishing Co. July 2001.  A virtual "how to manual".

November 23, 2001--V.S.Naipaul, a true visionary: Opinion by Edgar Lake appears in The Virgin Islands Daily News pp 22 October 26, 2001

September 25, 2001--Story & Art Time...Again Successful...

April 22, 2001--Bulls & Allusions: Text and Performance in the Play of The Killing of Arthur Sixteen by Edgar Othniel Lake

April 1, 2001--"...seen through the eyes of Cliff Maroney..." A Photo Exhibit at The Florence Williams Public Library during National Library Week.

March 30, 2001--Playwriting in a Forgotten Tradition: Staging a Masquerader’s Death...An Interview with Edgar Othniel Lake, writer of the play "The Killing of Arthur Sixteen" to be performed on the occasion the Twelfth International Triennial Symposium on African Art--St.Thomas, Virgin Islands April 25-29, 2001.

March 25, 2001--"Roots of Our Culture" Videotapes available for viewing at the V.I.public libraries

March 19, 2001--From Commoner To King: Robert L.Bradshaw--Crusader for Dignity and Justice in the Caribbean, By Whitman T. Browne--a Book Review by Wallace Williams

September 6, 2000--PAPERBARK: a collection of Black Australian writings  Edited by: Jack Davis Stephen Muecke, Mudrooroo Narogin and Adam Shoemaker

August 31, 2000-- Poets Are Long Distance Runners Too! An interview with Edgar Othniel Lake

June 1, 2000--PRIME TIME Family Reading Time  By Wallace Williams

April 27, 2000--
The Poet As Long Distance Runner

April 5, 2000--
The St. Croix Art Exchange
By Wallace Williams

April 1, 2000--Art. Live At the Library!
By Wallace Williams

February 1, 2000--ONCE UPON AN ISLAND--by Lila Linzer

May 9, 2000--Observations/Comments Virgin Islands Library Support Effort...The Governor's Conference on Libraries and Information Services 1978 Final Report including Resolutions--By Wallace Williams

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