Maples Wing a lasting legacy

The newly expanded George Town library is a law firm’s legacy that all residents of the Cayman Islands will benefit from for decades to come.

If it had not been for the US$2.5 million contribution from the Maples Foundation, the new wing of the library may never have been built.

The foundation was created to provide major charitable donations to worthy projects in the Cayman Islands and expanding the knowledge of young and old definitely falls into the category.

‘The future of Cayman is inextricably linked to the education of our young people and a state of the art library is an essential component of the education system.’ said Andrew Reid, a partner at Maples and Calder.

Knowing that there’s no use in building a modern high tech haven for learning and cultural promotion if no one was going to take advantage of what’s offered, the sponsorship of the Maples Wing is just the first step in the firm’s long-term commitment to improve reading and digital literacy skills.

Mr. Reid played a key role in the library project and says the firm saw the revitalisation of the building as the perfect opportunity to touch the younger generation.

‘In October 2008, Maples launched the Maples Reading Programme to encourage a love of reading among children on the island,’ he said.

Mr. Reed says they are also working with the library staff and Department of Education to create fun and new educational activities, and programmes.

One of those is the Whistling Duck, Cayman’s first book award.

These are just a few of the initiatives sparked by the new library but they certainly aren’t the last.

The learning possibilities inside this building are endless, and as time goes by, more and more people will have the opportunity to take full advantage of the multi-media rooms and other technological wonders that can be found inside this modern marvel.