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Port Loyola Library PDF Print E-mail

The Port Loyola Library was opened in May of 2002, and it was somewhat of a milestone in library development in Belize. This is so because it was the first library branch of the Belize National Library Service and Information System to be established on the south side of Belize City.

The Port Loyola Library experienced some growth since its inception by allowing everyone, especially persons living in the immediate area, to have ready access to materials, reading and study. At the outset the library offered after-school remedial reading and math classes to students, as well as children’s activities like story reading and arts and crafts. This was all in an endeavor to provide a ready access to books, to join in the fight to conquer illiteracy, to support the formal education system, and to encourage vulnerable groups to access reading material.

The building of the original structure in 2002 was a joint Government of Belize and community effort with several business houses contributing. So it was that when there was a need in 2008 to address the concern of security, the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise offered to install a chain-link fence around the library that was lauded as a great community effort. Then again in 2009 when it was identified that after-school remedial reading and math classes had earlier ceased because of inadequate space, the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise again stepped in to construct an upper floor that was lauded as a GREATER community effort.

The support which Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise afforded to the Library Service along the way in terms of the donation of computers, photocopier, fan, fax machine, magazines, etc. -- and the reciprocal efforts of the Library Service with fundraiser support and cash contribution to the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise -- can only be described as the creation of a genuine partnership.

This partnership was further extended when the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise approached the BELIZE Natural Energy Charitable Trust for funding to complete the upper storey of the library, and received a very positive response. The Library Service, for its part, is proud of this partnership mainly because any support it receives is always strengthened by its link with the Ministry of Education’s goals and its efforts to increase literacy and ensure equity.

PartnersMinistry of Education & Youth / National LIbrary Service; Sunrise Rotary / Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, N.C.; Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise
ImpactResidents of South Side Belize City
StatusComplete
BELIZE Natural Energy Trust Investment CostBZ $50,245.90
MInistry of Education & Youth / National Library Service ContributionBZ $25,000.00
Sunrise Rotary / Rotary Club of Rocky Mount N.C. ContributionBZ$44,000.00
Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise ContributionBZ$250,000.00
Total InvestmentBZ $369,245.90
InauguratedNovember 3rd, 2011

 

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