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Press Release: Early Thanksgiving of books for the Public Libraries

(U.S. Virgin Islands) – Commissioner Dawn L. Henry, Esq. is pleased to announce that the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums received a large pallet of brand new hardback books as a result of the Division’s participation in the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program.

Staff at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library welcomed the arrival of a large pallet of brand new books last Friday, November 6, 2015. “It’s the Division’s plan to use the Surplus Books to maximize the collections in the Turnbull Regional Library’s main reading room, then distribute any remaining books to all public libraries territory-wide,”  said Commissioner Henry.

The titles, mostly hardback, include best sellers, novels, fiction and non-fiction, children, Hispanic, multi-cultural and Caribbean books. “In tough economical challenging times and continuous budget reductions, this is a great avenue for us to build and supplement our public library collections.  We are especially grateful to receive the approximately valued range of $26,000-$33,000 brand new books free of charge,” Director of Libraries Ingrid Bough said. The Division first participated in the program where the initial boxes of books received went to the public libraries on St. Croix.

“Through an application for program participation to the Library of Congress facilitated by Director Ingrid Bough, the Virgin Islands public libraries were granted a renewal status to participate in the free surplus books program earlier this year, said Commissioner Henry.

For more information, contact Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director at Charles W. Turnbull Library (340) 774-0630 or the Florence Williams Library (340)773-5715. Visit the public libraries’ website at


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