Tuesday 17 September, 2019

No plan to reopen adult section of Vieux Fort Public Library?

After being closed for almost a year, the adult section of the Vieux-Fort Public Library is still not available for use, and there is no sign of it being reopened soon.

The adult section, which has been closed since last August, is riddled with a multitude of problems which include mould infestation, cracked walls, poor ventilation, a leaky roof, electrical issues and broken tiles. Whenever it rains heavily, the adult section of the building is transformed into a shallow swimming pool.

Last year, the labor department ordered the Ministry of Education to close the section, located in the upper floor of the maintenance department of the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council. It described the upper floor of the building as a health hazard and one that required immediate attention.

At a fleeting glance outside the building, one would get the impression that it is in good condition, but with just a peek inside it tells a different story.

The Ministry of Education is aware of every problem that exists at the Vieux-Fort Public Library, but according to a source there, it is not in any hurry to address the myriad of problems plaguing it.

The situation has resulted in adults being forced to occupy the children’s section of the library under cramped conditions. The children’s section is located on the ground floor of the building.

Since its closure, nothing has been done to address its problem which is of grave concern to the librarians working there and residents of Vieux-Fort, especially students of secondary schools.

Sometime last year there was a plan to relocate the library, but it appears that the plan has been shelved.

“What’s going on…When will we ever get a chance to use the library again?” Kursley Joseph, a regular user of the library asked.

But not even the Director of Library Services, Cynthia Mc Farlane, has any inkling when the library will be reopened.

In the meantime, residents of Vieux-Fort say they are trying to understand why the government who has professed to be concerned about the education of its students and has expressed its intention to develop Vieux-Fort is so insensitive to the needs of the community, where there are secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

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