PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Alumni of the University of St. Martin and Rotarian Stuart Johnson donated the first Little Library on Dutch St. Maarten to the University of St. Martin as a contribution to the Rotary International outreach program, “Little Library”, on Friday last week. The little library has been erected outside the University of St. Maarten where visitors to both the University and the Government Administration Building and others interested in reading can now “Bring a Book and Take a Book.”
Fellow Rotarians along with Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset President Jaida Nisbett, President of the University of St. Martin Dr Antonio Carmona Baez and Dean of Academics Dr Rolinda Carter joined with Johnson outside the University to celebrate the occasion. The concept Little Library was created by a fellow Rotarian in the USA who had a passion for reading and wanted to share his love for books with his community.
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Sunset, of which Johnson is a member, thought it was fitting to introduce the concept on the island, especially given the dire situation of our libraries on both scales of the island post-Irma and Maria. The first Little Library was launched on French St. Martin in December 2018, and the response from the community was excellent.
The anticipation is that the Little Library outside the USM will be the first of many on Dutch St. Maarten.