Firefighters to fight for library by raising funds | THE DAILY HERALD

St. Maarten fire-fighters must spend time with their books as part of training and upgrading. Knowing how important reading is has led them to host a fundraiser for the ailing library.

 CAY HILL–The country’s fire-fighters know that reading is as fundamental to growth as their equipment is to fighting fires and saving lives. This is why the St. Maarten Firefighters Foundation has organized a fundraising activity in aid of the ailing Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

  The “Help Save Our Library” fundraiser will take the form of a food sale and car wash on Saturday, March 23, in the library building parking lot on Vogesstraat from 9:00am to 5:00pm. All proceeds from the food sale, car wash and any donations received will go directly to the library.

  Tickets for the fundraiser are available in advance from the Fire Station in Cay Hill. Tickets for the food sale with chicken or ribs offered is US $10 a plate, inside and out car wash is US $15 per vehicle and a food-car wash combo is US $20. Drinks will be on sale.

  Vehicles will be washed and cleaned by the fire-fighters.

  A bouncy castle and other activities will be staged for children at the site.

  The library shut its doors almost three months ago due to the hurricane-battered state of its building on Vogesstraat. It reopened in a smaller temporary location and with a vastly reduced number of titles on March 4. The library is now on the first floor of the Adolphus Richardson building on W.J.A. Nisbeth Road, just around the corner from Sundial School.

  Prior to Irma, the library was home to more than 60,000 titles; of those some 8,000 were destroyed in the storm. In the makeshift location in the library’s foyer, where the library operated prior to the building’s closure due to mould and other health hazards, 700 titles were available. The new temporary location has less than that now.

  All transactions, including return of books and renewing library cards, can be conducted at the new location. The help desk will also assist library members to download and activate “Libby” on their mobile devices.

  Library opening hours remain the same: Monday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm. The library is closed on Sundays.

Source: The Daily Herald