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Presenting Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica

  On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Lorna Goodison CD was officially invested as the Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2017-2020. Despite the heavy rains the day before, the glittering Ballroom at King’s House was filled with dignitaries, well wishers, and lovers of...

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'Everything, Everything' is a major motion-picture adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Jamaican-born author, Nicola Yoon.

'Everything, Everything' tells the story of a young woman named Madeline Whittier who is allergic to the outside world.

"So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The story unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations and more.

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love."

Yoon is also the author of "The Sun in Also a Star". Both of Yoon's books are available in the book collection of the NLJ.

'Everything, Everything comes out in theatres today!
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The NLJ joins the worldwide community of museums in celebration of International Museum Day today May 18, 2017. The day is being celebrated under the theme “Museum and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”.

“The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. Organized on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities are planned to celebrate International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world.” (Source: network.icom.museum/international-museum-day)

In celebration of the day, the NLJ would like to highlight the work of Professor Hyacinth Simpson who will be giving a public lecture on Jamaican soldiers in the First World War entitled “A Bad Blunder”: The story of the Third Jamaica Contingent and their experience in the Canadian city of Halifax incident of 1916. Many of the resources used in Professor Simpson’s research were obtained from the NLJ and it promises to be an exciting learning experience. The Flyer below gives more details:
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