August 29, 2012

Jamalco, Alcoa Foundation Receives Award for Book Programme

Jamalco and the Alcoa Foundation received an award for the annual Book Programme from the Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service (ALJALS).  The presentation was made at the association’s annual general meeting and awards luncheon held at the Versailles Hotel recently.

In a citation read at the function, the association lauded the company’s contribution to the development of many libraries including school libraries and the positive impact the donations of books is having on the development of Jamaica’s children.
Communications Specialist Ealane Livingston Smith who accepted the award on behalf of the company thanked ALJALS, noting that the Book Programme is just one aspect of the company’s capacity building efforts.  “Jamalco’s community development programme is designed to leave the communities in which we operate better off than we found them. These communities have given us a license to operate and as a socially responsible organization we feel it is our right to give back to them,” Ealane said.
Jamalco joins a distinguished list of individuals and organizations that have received the annual award from ALJALS. Other recipient organizations include Grace Kennedy & Company and the Gleaner Company.
The Jamalco Book Programme which is over 30 years old distributes over 50,000 new text books and other reading material to schools and libraries islandwide each year.  This year the books, largely for the secondary level of the education system, were distributed to 70 institutions.

ALJAL plaque presented to Ealane Livingston-Smith

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Senior Librarian Cheryl Cousins-Reid (r) presents the ALJAL plaque to Ealane Livingston-Smith.