I passed this building each Sabbath on my way to worship, not knowing what it was. The new Clark’s Town library is a welcome addition to the ‘cane belt’ town. Also surprising, is that my old Basic School, the Falmouth Infant (Pond) School, also received a library, even though the Trelawny Parish library is right next door.
Participating in the handingover ceremony were Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, Jesus Orus Baguena of the European Union (EU) and officials from the Jamaica Library Service.
Kellier in his address explained that the library at the Falmouth Infant School is one of five such facilities that have been constructed throughout the sugar-dependent communities of Jamaica at a cost of $65 million… in order to expand the national school library network”.
“Respect to the EU for this facility,” a Clark’s Town female resident, in attendance at Friday’s handover ceremony in her community, was overheard saying.
“It is a step in the right direction. It is a tool to foster an aspect of children’s educational development. Reading opens the door for knowledge,” he commented.