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National Library Opens

National Library OpensAntigua St. John's - Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack and Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer cut the ribbon on Wednesday during the dedication and opening ceremony for the national public library.

The occasion followed many years of promises, financial woes, delays, and even the death of former project manager Lowell Jarvis.

Yesterday, PM Spencer, who gave the feature address, lauded the work of the many people who made the opening possible.



He emphasized his government's commitment to "develop a pluralistic, participatory and inclusive knowledge-based society."

"Libraries are key institutions in the context of achieving this goal," Spencer said. "This structure which we dedicate today, and which forms part of our mandate to the people to provide the greatest good to the greatest number, will be the watering hole for individuals who hunger for free and equitable access to information, be it written, electronic, or audiovisual form."

Spencer added that "from the first day of coming in office in 2004, the mission of the United Progressive Party administration has been one to build an educated society."

This, he said, was demonstrated "through our education and information technology policies and programmes".

The national library was destroyed by an earthquake in 1974, and while there have been numerous calls for an official replacement, that was not realised until now.

The prime minister recognised the work of the many people who tried their best to accomplish the plan for a new library, and praised those who contributed their time, effort, and resources over the years.

National Library Opens

Six former chief librarians were presented with awards from the governor general.

They were Phyllis Myers, Jocelyn Henry, Marjorie Gonsalves (posthumous), Dorothea Nelson, Daisy Lake, and Jacqueline Farquhar.

After the ribbon cutting, the public took a guided tour of the building, which included several rooms, including a children's library and reading room.

There is also an adult reading room named after Lowell Jarvis, a modern conference room, a research and reference library, newspaper and periodicals section, staff and lobby areas, a cafeteria, and a gift
shop.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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Read Jamaica Kinkaid's book

#41 Luis » 2014-04-17 11:30

Some of you may find it interesting and insightful to read Jamaica Kinkaid's book A Small Place. I was using it in class today, wondering if the Library had finally been opened; one student looked it up in the internet and shared the news that it had opened a week before. It is now evident to me that its was not an actual opening. This is what Jamaica Kinkaid wrote in 1988:

"it's a good thing that you [foreign tourists] brought your own books with you, for you couldn't just go to the library and borrow some. Antigua used to have a splendid library, but in The Earthquake (everyone talks about it that way--The Earthquake; we Antiguans, for I am one, have a great sense of things, and the more meaningful the thing, the more meaningless we make it) the library building was damaged. This was in 1974, and soon after that a sign was placed on the front of the building saying, THIS BUILDING WAS DAMAGED IN THE EARTHQUAKE OF 1974. REPAIRS ARE PENDING. The sign hangs there, and hangs there for more than a decade later, with its unfulfilled promise of repair....

I wonder how Jamaica Kinkaid feels about the "soft opening." She helped spread the word about the closed library. I wonder why it took so long.
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Shamefuel Politics at work

#40 Patriot Mind » 2014-04-11 02:57

This sham opening is nothing more than a political gimmick of deception, to fool the people ofthis country into thinking that the UPP really have accomplished something! Why only now, when election is around the corner? This move should be treated with disdain, because the motives disrespects the people ofthis nation! Shame UPP, Shame Govenor General, Shame Baldwin Spencer, Shame , Shame!
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dress as you like

#39 sitco » 2014-04-10 22:57

I have no respect to the queen of England. They are the reason why our ancestors were slaves. I hope they all rot in hell.
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Dig it

#38 HC » 2014-04-10 21:52

No one is de-crying the library,what we are saying is this nonsense of Soft openings just before elections is pure BS,look at the CarPark,the library is not complete,you cannot open something that cant be used.Yesterday should have been a dedication of the building,not an opening of a library. Just incase you are not aware,the doors were closed today.This is all so comical.Hope thiS will not turn out to be a another cant.
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Kudos to A&B

#37 Dig It » 2014-04-10 19:31

Well overdue! Congratulations to the people of A&B! Afterall, you paid for the National Library. It doesn't matter who finish the "task," most importantly...it is done! I know most of us are in "election mode" but I beg of you to be positive and not full of "bitterness" and wish the library all the best!
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RE: National Library Opens

#36 Morris » 2014-04-10 18:28

For as long as this library has been in preparation it should rival or better than the great library of Alexandria, and the US Library of Congress. Let's hope so.
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National Library Opens

#35 ..... » 2014-04-10 17:57

I guess the UPP found it necessary to celebrate the fact that they actually finish building a structure of some kind. The soft opening that they speak about is untrue because the library is not open to the general public. The building is not fully fitted with the infrastructure required to conduct Library operations. It will not be open to the general public before the beginning of the next schools semester. This is all about political party one upmanship.
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Soft Opening Library

#34 Rasta Woman » 2014-04-10 16:51

Give me an aspirin. How about the UPP at least have a Hard Opening of one government entity and let us see what our tax payers money has gone to. All these "soft" openings makes Baldwin and his bunch of inept followers look "soft and desperate". Elections are around the corner and they need something to baffle the soft headed people who are still holding out hope that the UPP gov is still a better choice. One thing I know to prove that the library is open, is to show me a list of the staff. Anyone you know got a job at the library yet? Look this government is a hot hot mess and I cannot wait to say good riddance to them.
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RE: National Library Opens

#33 @ Rasta t » 2014-04-10 15:30

Yes I agree with you 100% This GG seems to be "stylistically challenged" I have been to occassion and seen her wear some "questionable"things . Guess no one wants to be a LADY these days. Her attire is inappropriate and so is her "hair do" Meanwhile can children go tomorrow to use the library and do their research?
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where is the plan/vision part 2 of 2

#32 tenman » 2014-04-10 14:49

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There is so much that can be done by people with a vision. Please take the library out of the politics and place it in the national conversation.
The quote came from Dorothea Nelson.

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where is the plan part 1 of 2

#31 tenman » 2014-04-10 14:48

Came accross this comment (FB) from a former director of the public library:
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I am the former director of the Antigua Public Library. It is so sad to see that the library has now become a part of the political conversation. It ought not to be so since the library is for all of us. There are bigger issues at stake where the library is concerned than whether yesterday was a sham opening which if we are all honest we will admit that there was some political opportunism involved. But there are bigger issues. For instance were the library to open today how ready would the current staff be to manage the library? The former minister the honourable Bertrand Joseph worked so hard to get staff trained and ready. When I retired there were 5 people working on the first degree in Library Studies and in-house staff training had begun. Since then, some of that core staff in training have been deployed elsewhere and untrained others unofficially moved in to senior positions. What has become of the proposal for the establishment of a national library service to be codified? The law has been put together and vetted by someone in the legal fraternity and been on the desks of officials for years now. What of the plans to develop branch libraries connected virtually to the National library? Of course everything can't be done at once, but we have been working on these different issues for years and made no head way.
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@ Naomi

#30 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-04-10 13:59

I am not aware of any part of the Library been opened in terms of starting activities.D Giselle Isaac; the board of Education Chief made that quite clear in an Interview earlier this yr; She said the Library although not equipped for use; was been handed over to the Board of education from the Public works Department who was responsible fot the actual construction.The library is not fitted out for use,its only a building.Honestly i am not even sure its 100%complete.
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pics are up of the library rooms

#29 for antigua » 2014-04-10 12:56

(here is the link) http://www.ab.gov.ag/article_details.php?id=4758&category=38
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pics are up of the library rooms

#28 for antigua » 2014-04-10 12:55

some pictures have been posted of some rooms in the library. i am happy with the computers and shelves of books i see so far and the childrens reading room.
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@ Antiguan woman

#27 naiomi » 2014-04-10 12:53

Please let me know if the library is opened. The Education Minister said that the children section is open so please go see and let me know. If not the Library is not opened and yesterday was just a dedication of the building.
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Political operative

#26 Gripe water » 2014-04-10 12:49

GARRAT, you lost your job, your family is out of work, I cannot authenticate your claim, whether truth or fiction. Anything can be said by political operatives during the silly season, I suspect you are one of them. Maybe, you were employed by the offshore gambling sector, Stanford, but that is not for me to entangle. You know your purpose and why you blog.
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@HC

#25 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-04-10 12:32

The definition i gave of a Soft opening are not my views,just so they know i researched since Soft openings were becoming so popular lately,The definition was actually copied& pasted. I had an idea,but wanted to hear from the experts. Some people are soo blinded by the UPP cultish attitudes that they do not even care to be Educated to the facts. They say Ignorance is bliss.
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RE: National Library Opens

#24 J JAMES. » 2014-04-10 11:49

The squatter is at it again operating in his usual manner,Business as usual.he could not care less that the 26th April is 16 days away. Time Up man ,the only thing you should be opening at this hour are the polling stations.
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RE: National Library Opens

#23 HC » 2014-04-10 11:23

Oh dear,what pathetic Donkeys. This is becoming a practice to have openings for things that cannot be used.Antiguan woman is correct,a soft opening is usually accompanied by some sort of activities, usually on a lesser scale than when its fully opened. You cannot open something and its not ready to serve its purpose. CALL THE ELECTIONS NOW, LETS GET ON WITH THE COUNTRIES BUSINESS.
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National Library Opens

#22 James » 2014-04-10 10:32

I just find it funny that Antigua's are still so backward. AND so what if the woman wears a SLEEVELESS top (there is nothing called "arm sleeve"). Have we not seen female world leaders or wives of world leaders on official duty wearing sleeveless clothes? Take Michelle Obama for example and lets go back even further to Jackie Kennedy.

The REAL issue here is that it took FORTY YEARS for Antigua to get an official library building.
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sham government

#21 tenman » 2014-04-10 10:28

Vivid memories of the opening of the car park.. Then there was the opening of the building for the runway senator. Then I start to think about generators, you then see its all about the sham


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RE: National Library Opens

#20 SlyThatGuy » 2014-04-10 10:27

Yes, our prime minister has done it! He has at long last completed his mission to rebuild our public library. And although it should have happened sooner, the most important thing is that he carried through with his promise and fulfilled it in the end. Now I can take my grandson there and we can do some reading and studying together. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister.
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RE: National Library Opens

#19 fed up » 2014-04-10 10:25

upp your hurrying to open everything thing eh?...whats next to be hurry done...the car park?
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@Gripe Water.

#18 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-04-10 10:02

I am going up to the Library today and expect to be let in and do some research.Its opened so it should not be a problem
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RE: National Library Opens

#17 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-04-10 09:44

(A soft opening refers to the practice of a business opening before its actual grand opening date to test its operations. By doing this, business owners can diagnose and correct any problems they might have with their operations without enduring the scrutiny that might accompany a grand opening.)

The United Progressive Party has taken deceit and Stupidity to another Level,they continue to Insult A,guans intelligent repeatedly.Baldwin Spencer; You have got to go.
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GRIPE WAR PATH

#16 GARRAT » 2014-04-10 09:28

Gripe water you are out swinging at everyone.I know that this is the silly season but you don't have to be buried into silly UPP yester year hogwash. Don't tell me about 40years a period before birth, tell me of the past 10 failing years of this government. Me and every working member of my family lost their jobs. Where are the call centres that were paying top salaries. We've lost our house so don't get me on this 40year bull**. You could be one of thorn getting contracts in the millions for work you are not capable of doing. You will surely miss the meal like me. Feed on your gripe water.
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Long overdue

#15 Gripe water » 2014-04-10 08:18

Garrat, the least you could do is give UPP some credit. After 40 years of waiting and enriching others the public library is now open. Do the calculation and let the bloggers know who kept education away from the people. Ok, ALP took 30 years and UPP 10 years.
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RE: National Library Opens

#14 Dr Dr BS » 2014-04-10 08:16

Yeah, The car park on the next side of the road is opened as well, so to is the airport terminal that is less that 40% completed and has cost over run of over 300%. MSJMC is opened but non-functional, Sir Viv stadium is falling apart, None of the fenced fields are usable, WPP was opened too and serves no useful purpose, just like the rest of UPP.

Election has been delayed but not denied and when it COMES, UPP WILL GO!
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Keep our eyes on the $$$$

#13 Parishman » 2014-04-10 08:02

Why does so many of the government projects have so many change orders and overrun (sometime 500% higher than the original budget); and during construction those in charge (statutory board members and management) are building new houses. As an engineer I can understand some change orders which can increase the budget, but to a tune of that magnitude???? These are the areas we may need to pay close attention to because that is a lot of $$$.
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@ Democracy

#12 The Bully » 2014-04-10 07:42

Can we see pictures of the books? Can we see pictures of the furniture? I guess we'll have to wait for ABLP to actually "fix the little things" - like books and furniture!

A library without a books is still a library?
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@Justice

#11 ABLP DIEHARD » 2014-04-10 07:35

STILL LOL. IT WILL BE IN TIME FOR THE PERFECT NATIONAL MONUMENTAL POLLING STATION TO VOTE UPP OUT OF OFFICE.
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HER MAJEST'S REPRESENTARVE

#10 ROYALIST » 2014-04-10 07:28

Madam GG may we remind you that you are not an elected nor nominated parliamentary member of the UPP but the titular head of our Nation, representing the Crown, anointed by Her Majesty. To that effect, you ought to observe how Her Majesty dresses when perfuming her Official functions, which is what you were doing at the ribbon cutting of the 10year unfinished library.In the future dress appropriately. Royalist!
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Delighted and ready to read and research

#9 Democracy » 2014-04-10 07:02

Words are not enough to thank PM Spencer for finally opening the Public Library. I will be going there at 10:00 this morning to be among the first to review the range of books and other materials available. My children will come along as well as it is my intention that they continue their reading habit in this new environment which has so much more books than we do at home. I encourage other parents to bring your children out this morning too. Let us get them exposed from day one. See you guys there.
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SHOW ME THE BOOKSE

#8 GRAY FARM MAN » 2014-04-10 07:00

So you are showcasing Spencer but what about the books, media room and inner parts of this library. Is it only ribbon cutting the library opening was about. How many books are there. How much do they cost. Baldwin why it took you ten years to simply cut a ribbon. CALL THE ELECTION you are frustrating we the voters and you are surely becoming public enemy number one your chief servant. YOUR TIME IS UP! Please call the elections.
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RE: National Library Opens

#7 Cool Ruler » 2014-04-10 06:56

Let me see they started a hospital after over paying for the lands at Michael's mount and could not finish it, it took the UPP to do so. Then since 1974 Antigua lost it's library in an earthquake and for decades the ALP could not finish rebuilding it because their friends were getting hefty monthly rent to host the library in a cramp space , it took the UPP to complete the task. Well done UPP, way to go.
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RE: National Library Opens

#6 The youth from south » 2014-04-10 06:03

I am happy for a library, but wow this government has way too much tricks up their sleeves. No wonder why they are sonreluctant in calling the election. Now lets see if they can open the cant park building to.
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Please Open the Polling Stations

#5 Justice » 2014-04-10 05:26

When will the PM and GG open the National Polling Stations?
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RE: National Library Opens

#4 Skyewill » 2014-04-10 05:26

I am happy that we are closer to being able to use the library. I hope Antiguans living everywhere will donate books and other learning collaterals so we can share the knowledge. I grew up in the old Library on Redcliff St. Reginald Samuel's Mother lived just next door and she was my baby sitter for after school from St. Michael's which was across the street. To this day I love to read. Things like this should not be about politics but about the future of the people. A place to grow and learn. I hope we use it and encourage the youth to use it. Maybe one day it can become a part of a University of Antigua.
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TEN YEARS TOO LATE

#3 GARRAT » 2014-04-10 05:25

This Library was started by the ALP Government just before the 2004 general elections.Allan Stanford pump some millions into getting it finished but like every other unfinished project of this Government, it was reported by Giselle Isaac-Autindell that this Library is not truly finished. So is this another "soft opening"like that of the car park on Independence Ave, last election? Why, oh why must this Library take this Government 10 long years to finish. Now that the ribbons are cur are the doors open at 9am this morning April 10th for the public to enter, and use this national resource? I hope we can.
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RE: National Library Opens

#2 JB » 2014-04-10 05:07

So when will the library be opened and fully functional again? Apart from all the wonderful rooms, what are in these rooms? Are they equipped with any of the materials that they are designed to house? Just wondering, I have some research to get done, so just need to know, what time and days I can start my research. Thanks!
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Well Well

#1 Rasta t » 2014-04-10 04:54

I think its not right for the govenor general attending a function with an arm less top inapropiate dressing itvwas told never to visit government building and so on with that kind of dressing .The liberary is not a government office but i think the government should not be dressed like that only in antigua one find this kind of behaviour
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