Edwidge Danticat joined us as our headline author for the first ever Literary Week in Fond des Blancs. Edwidge held writing workshops with the kids, discussed her books with our teen literary club, and participated on an author panel with other Haitian authors. From Edwidge we learned about her passion for books, libraries and learning. She emphasized the importance of adding more voices and more stories from all parts of the world, including Fond des Blancs. In addition to workshops with Edwidge, students delivered a play, presented various dance routines, sang songs, and engaged in mural painting and flag making. Heck we even held a big parade at the end of the day with acrobats (see photo right), dancers, a jazz band, and many, many marching participants. Importantly, we increased foot traffic to the library, hosting over 568 people who participated in workshops, and who were encouraged to celebrate our new library as a place where knowledge, and education are vibrant, respected, and honored. Fond des Blancs Literary Week 2018 was supported in part by a generous grant of $8,000 from Haiti’s FOKAL — Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète—the Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty.