Curaçao author donates books to Jubilee Library


Author Loekie Morales (right) handing over several books by Denise de Jongh-Rekwest to Library Director Monique Alberts.


PHILIPSBURG–Books by Curaçao-born author Denise De Jongh-Rekwest, who lives in Bonaire, were donated to Philipsburg Jubilee Library. The books were handed over to Library Director Monique Alberts by St. Maarten author Loekie Morales.


  Morales met her colleague author De Jongh-Rekwest during the Children’s Book Week in Curaçao, during which they presented their books and stories to the children at several primary schools.

  “I am happy that I could bring Denise’s books as a donation to the Library. Knowing the loss sustained by the Library in the past hurricanes, Denise thought the books would be very welcome,” said Morales.

  De Jongh-Rekwest has published several children’s books, among them the four-book Kaylee series and a comic book. All these books are in Papiamentu and Dutch, but De Jongh-Rekwest primarily writes in Papiamentu. She is an expert in tourism and etiquette.

  She wrote about etiquette in the series about Kaylee, a little girl who, while growing up, learns about how to behave nicely and do things in a correct and respectful manner. Etikèt, e porta pa eksito! was her first book for adults. Her latest book for adults is Lanta sin Tata, dealing with the experiences of people who grew up with no father in their lives, and the effects of this phenomenon on adults.

  She studied tourism and etiquette in the Netherlands. Based on her experiences, she started a company 20 years ago called Training & Consultancy 2000 to give training in etiquette to children, teenagers and adults in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and the Windward Islands (St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius).

  Alberts accepted the books as a welcome asset to the Library’s book collection.

Source: The Daily Herald