Opening of BT Library completes restoration

All of Cayman’s public libraries damaged during Hurricane Ivan have been restored to their former glory.

Bodden Town Library

Youngsters check out reading material and posters while Charles Clifford, Osbourne Bodden and Emile Levy check out the roof work. Photo: Jewel Levy

The re-opening of the Bodden Town Public Library on 20 January – more than two years after Hurricane Ivan – completes the restoration of all libraries island-wide.

It was a joyous occasion for those gathered and a proud moment for Bodden Town MLA Osbourne Bodden and Ministers Anthony Eden and Charles Clifford.

Many thanks were extended to those involved, the library was blessed and Savannah and Bodden Town Primary school students added their part. The Governor cut the ribbon and the library was opened for attendees to tour the facilities.

Opened on the premises is a new learning centre which offers the use of six computers with free Internet access and a number of other activity programmes.

Mr. Bodden was thanked endlessly for his drive in making sure government was not dragging its feet when it came to having the library functional again and others for their involvement.

Although the restoration of all libraries was a challenge it was with a sense of pride and gratitude to see the projects completed and the maritime heritage in the building salvaged, said Education Minister Alden McLaughlin.

‘The library completes the restoration projects with one left to build in the district of West Bay,’ added Mr. McLaughlin. He also said there were plans to complement the George Town Library building.