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September is Literacy Month

Pink Duck Publishing creatives showed their support for Literacy Month by visiting the giant READ sign in Camana Bay’s Town Centre earlier this week.

Literacy Month is being celebrated throughout the month of September, with youngsters encouraged to pick up a book and discover a love of reading.

The month is being celebrated at Camana Bay by a host of fun-filled activities. This year, the theme focuses on mysteries, covering everything from the 1890s classic series “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” to local favourite “Pedro and the Treasure Map” by Erin Connelly.

The month-long celebration is organised in partnership with the Camana Bay based bookstore, Books & Books, and Literacy is For Everyone, a local charitable organisation which aims to improve the quality of life for residents of the Cayman Islands by providing supplementary literacy programmes and initiatives for children and adults, and by helping to raise the quality of education in the public-school system.

Fun for all

Camana Bay has prepared a full calendar of special reading moments to excite and engage children of any age as they return to school and reconnect with reading.

Make sure you follow Pink Duck Publishing’s lead and head to the giant READ sign, located on The Paseo next to Books & Books. Post your selfie with the READ sign and the hashtag #CamanaBay to be entered into a draw for a $50 Camana Bay Gift Card.

Young readers are also being encouraged to join in a fun-filled scavenger hunt. Collect the scavenger hunt map, available from Books & Books or the Camana Bay Visitor Centre, and then search for eight book titles hidden in the grounds around the Town Centre. Find each of the eight and jot down the circled letter in each title to collect the eight letters you need to unscramble to form the anagram answer. Completed maps can be returned to Books & Books in exchange for 10 percent off your next purchase.

Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Books & Books is hosting a special Story Time session featuring a roster of local authors including Kate Ure, Faye Lippitt and Kathleen Bodden-Harris. The popular Tuesday morning Story Time in Camana Bay Cinema at 11 a.m. will also be themed, as the hosts read various mystery stories to little ones.

Get involved

The love of reading is something that’s easy to take for granted.

One of the programmes LIFE operates to help raise literacy levels in Cayman is paired reading, where volunteers work with children in Key Phase 1 in Cayman’s public schools to improve their reading by listening to children read aloud and helping them with any struggles they encounter as they steadily improve their literacy levels.

The organisation is always looking for more volunteers for this programme. If you are interested, email

For a full listing of events celebrating Literacy Month visit

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