The newly renovated and refurbished Bodden Town Library and Learning Centre will officially open its doors this weekend, much to the delight of local residents.
The official re-opening, which takes place on Saturday at 3pm, will give residents an opportunity to tour the facility and familiarize themselves with many of the enhancements which have been added during reconstruction, stated a press release.
Perhaps the most significant difference is the addition of a learning centre and activity room, which houses eight computer terminals, each with Internet access.
Whilst this will provide students with improved access to the tools they need to conduct research and complete homework assignments, the learning centre itself will primarily be used for a wide range of specially coordinated after-chool activities.
‘The Bodden Town library was severely damaged as a result of Hurricane Ivan but with the aid of magnanimous gestures of support from members of the community, particularly Mr. Robert Watler of Watler’s Metal Products, who donated the standing seam hurricane rated roof, we have been able to restore the structural integrity of the building and still preserve its traditional marine architecture,’ said Alden McLaughlin, Minister with responsibility for libraries.
‘Not only is the building now as good as new, the addition of the new learning centre is a significant enhancement, which I hope students and residents in the local area will make full use of.’
Another benefit for residents is the library’s opening hours, which have been changed to better suit the needs of the local community.
The library will now be open Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:am to 1:30pm and will reopen in the afternoon from 3pm to 7pm. On Wednesday it is open from 9am to noon and again from 1pm to 5:30pm. Opening hours on Friday are 3pm to 6pm. Saturday’s hours are from 9am to 1pm.
More than 60 per cent of the reading materials which were lost two years ago have now been replaced and the selection in many areas has been increased, making the library’s grand re-opening a cause for celebration on many fronts, said Director of Public Libraries Benedicta Conolly.