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Ministry, Nalis focus on health, Spanish collection

Saturday, July 14, 2018
A sample of the Spanish collection at the Port-of-Spain Adult Library.

Two projects, hosted by the Ministry of Public Administration and the National Library and Information System Authority (Nalis), have not been just successful initiatives, but have also begun yielding fruit.

Your Health is Your Wealth! This truism was reiterated at a joint Health and Wellness Fair, hosted by the Ministry and Nalis last month at the Old Fire Station Building, Hart and Abercromby Streets, Port-of-Spain.

The June 22 health fair commenced with the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) facilitating blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index (BMI), HIV and prostate tests.

Optometrists Today conducted vision screening sessions and a representative of the T&T Police Sports Club facilitated a zumba/burnout session.

Other activities on the day included the presentation of some 30 hampers as door prizes sponsored by Chief Brand Products, National Flour Mills Ltd, Langston Roach Industries and John Dickinson & Company West Indies Ltd.

Product samples were supplied by Nestle and one-on-one consultations were provided by Pan American Insurance and Risk Management Services; Bacon Woodrow and de Souza, RBC Trust, Guardian Life Insurance, Family Services Division of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, Tecu Credit Union, Petrotrin EAP Services, Happy Girls Happy Curls, OMO Best Start, Evergreene Virgin Coconut Oils, Textel Credit Union, Unit Trust Corporation and Down Under.

The joint health and wellness fair was attended by approximately 300 people which included Catherine Romain, Nalis’ executive director, and other members of the management team of Nalis as well as the Joan Mendez, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, and Claudelle Mc Keller, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration.

The main objectives of the health and wellness fair were to promote healthy lifestyles among staff, encourage staff to know their numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose) and reinforce that health and wellness include the fitness of body, mind and the freedom from disease or ailment.

Other health and wellness fairs will be held in September and December for Nalis staff working in central and south T&T personnel, respectively.

Spanish collection established at

PoS Adult Library

A collection, consisting of only Spanish language texts for adults, young adults and small children has been established by Nalis at its Port-of-Spain Adult Library, located at the first floor of the National Library of T&T in Port-of-Spain.

Situated on the northern wing of the floor, the collection includes books donated by the embassies of Argentina, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Spain, Venezuela and the now defunct Hispanic Women’s Club.

In addition to children’s storybooks, among the collection can be found such titles as: Historia de la Republica del Peru (1822 –1933) written by Jorge Basadre Grohmann (18 volumes); Clarivigilia Primavera and Poetia: Sien de Alondra, both written by Miguel Angel Asturias of Guatemala.

Also, visitors can delve into the works of classical and modern authors from Spain. The titles include: Pasión de la Tierra by V. Aleixandre; La ruta de Don Quijote by Azorín; Cartas Marruecas. Noches Lúgubres by J Cadalso; La Renta I and II by L. Clarín; Meditaciones del Quijote by Ortega and Gasset; and Campos de Castilla by A Machado, to name a few.

In addition to making Spanish literature available, the collection presents cultural manifestations of the Spanish-speaking community. The mix of authors and genres highlight how Spanish has evolved throughout the years.

Nalis also hosts Spanish language classes for students at its libraries; facilitates the Spanish conservation club, Club de Español, and last month held, over a five-day period, its second edition of Latin Nights —a celebration of Latin culture, folklore, arts and cuisine.


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