History of Allan Arthurs Library


The Allan Arthurs Library came into existence in the year 2002 when the building was constructed. This Library was named after Mr. Arthurs since he was a great contributor to the library. He resided in Dangriga Town and once owned a lumber yard. Mr. Arthurs was also the Mayor of Dangriga Town and up to this present moment he is the chief book donor to the library.


Before opening, staff began working at the library on October 15th 2004. The training of Susan Nicholas, Senior Library Assistant, was completed by Ms. Margaret Belisle and Mrs. Trevellee Williams. The Library opened its doors on Monday November 1st, 2004, 9:00 a.m. sharp. Opening hours at the time was from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. due to the fact that only one worker was hired.



The Allan Arthurs Library has been a library with great achievements and developments. During the last four year there have been many activities going on in the field of fundraising. To be more precise we (Susan and teh library committee) have had a total of eight barbeque sales, one party bag sale, one cake sale, five rice and beans sales and two trips. These fundraising events enabled the installation of five security bar windows, a faucet in the rest room, a cooler, two screen doors, a library sign, a ladder, fans and other minor necessities of the library.


We have a summer program which is a big part of the annual activity of the library. The prosperous sales are very helpful to the library. After each summer program the library carries out a field trip.


Referring to book donations, there have been numerous. We have donors like Mr. Allan Arthurs Jr., Mrs. Felene Swaso, the Education Department, Ms. Sylvia Flores, Caribou Caye, the Catholic Church, Joyce Westby, kids from the neighborhood, the Neal family, Ms. Smith and community members!


At the Allan Arthurs Library we are looking forward to many more years of service to the community of Dangriga and with the help of my assistant, Ms. Miriam Bailey, the Library will continue to be a success. - Susan Nicholas


INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES:

2010: Tiling of the library

2009: Repainting of the library; fortification of the roof