Acting President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten Leila Matroos-Lasten (right) handing over the symbolic cheque to Director of Philipsburg Jubilee Library Monique Alberts.
PHILIPSBURG–On the occasion of its 190th anniversary, the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) decided earlier this year to make donations to Nos ta Konektá in Curaçao, which received their donation last month, and Philipsburg Jubilee Library which received a symbolic cheque for NAf. 19,000 on Tuesday.
Philipsburg Jubilee Library was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Special book collections were destroyed and the computers in the public areas and offices were taken by looters. The Internet Café was inaccessible.
In the meantime, library services have resumed in an adapted format; the building is accessible while the Internet Café and the study room are open.
The Library plays an important role for the citizens of St. Maarten, according to the Central Bank. In what was described as a “unique” cooperation with Mental Health Foundation, the Library also contributes to dealing with the psychological effects of Hurricane Irma.
“CBCS is proud to be able to contribute to the important work done by the Philipsburg Jubilee Library,” the Central Bank said in a statement.