Library reopens its doors Tuesday, seven weeks after Hurricane Irma

PHILIPSBURG–Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be reopening Tuesday, October 24, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, after nearly two challenging months in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Irma, which caused a lot of damage to the Library.

The Library remained closed throughout September and partially through October to allow staff time to complete necessary clean-up and repairs.
Management and staff are happy to once again provide their services from Tuesday. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Thursdays 2:00-5:00pm; and Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm.
The inner Library will not be accessible to the public. Therefore, staff has created a temporary solution to accommodate clients by using the entrance hall. This area is limited, but the Library has done its best to try to accommodate almost everyone’s needs.
Clients will have access to the children’s collection and a small selection of adult fiction and non-fiction, the Internet café, DvDs, photocopying, a lounge area and a study area for students.
No penalties will be issued for overdue items or damage due to the passing of Hurricane Irma. This grace period will last until the end of 2017.
Readers are requested to let the Library know how they are and how the Library books fared through Hurricane Irma.
The Library will also be providing outreach services to day-care centres and afternoon-school programmes in the form of book boxes and/or coming to the centres to perform reading-related activities such as story time, puppet theatre and reading games.
Day-care centres and afternoon schools will be contacted about this initiative. However, if any would like to be part of the schedule they are free to contact the Library
“We thank our patrons for bearing with us with the reopening of their beloved Library. Together we will bring back normalcy to St. Maarten one book at a time,” the Library said Thursday in a statement.

Source: The Daily Herald