Hit hard during Hurricane Ivan, work on the Bodden Town Public Library is now under way.
After sitting vacant for more than 18 months, government finally gave the go-ahead on renovating the historic building.
Since late May of this year, private contractor Owen McGee along with workers from the Public Works Department under the guidance of Government’s Project Manager Michael Payne have been carrying out demolition work. Once that is completed reconstruction will begin.
‘The Library building is one of historic interest and importance and care must be taken to ensure that we maintain as much of the historical value as possible so that it will be a much improved and enhanced facility,’ said the Ministry of Education Assistant Permanent Secretary Joel Francis.
According to Mr. Francis the contractors will take about 15 weeks to complete the construction work and then the books will have to be replaced.
Although the library saved some of the books that were not destroyed by the hurricane, Mr. Francis said that due care has to be taken that no books with mould be placed back in the library. There are also many new books to be placed in the library.
After that, the library will be open to the public
When work is completed, the entire roof will be redone to make it stronger.
The addition or annex that was already there, which also houses the bathrooms, has been remodelled and refurnished to accommodate a learning/ activity area.
When these renovations are completed book lovers in that district will be able to benefit from the resources the library offered before it was destroyed during Hurricane Ivan.
Details on the library restoration programme will continue to be made public.