History of San Pedro Public Library

The San Pedro Public Library was established in 1973. Belize National Library Service requested San Pedro High School to manage and run the Library. At the time it was located at the Catholic Parish Hall, which is at the center of town next to The Alliance Bank. The high school managed the library to serve the community especially the high school students. High school students were ask to volunteer their time to help keep the library open to serve the community. At the time the high school was using part of the building for a classroom.

In 1981 with the help of Mrs. Mary Beissner and community leaders the library was moved to a new location. That new location is where the library is presently situated, south end Barrier Reef Drive, by the beach side opposite to San Pedro Roman Catholic School.

The San Pedro Public Library has served the community for 37 years.

Vision: To improve the quality of life for all San Pedro through

literacy and learning.

Mission: Fostering the empowerment of children, adolescents, and

adults by providing a stimulating learning environment with books

and multi-media resources.

The Library was remodeled inside with new tile floors and freshly

painted bookshelves. Also an extension was added to accommodate

the Media Center and Adult Collection.

The Library got a facelift; a mural was painted on the east side of the wall showing reef life.

The Library has a few ongoing programs:

*Children’s Computer Classes

*Story Time

*Movie Time

List of activities and visits during Child Stimulation Month (March):

*Story Telling- 5th March

*Pre School Visits- 16th & 25th March

*Story Telling & Give away supplies- 26th March

Paul Hooker Media Center

October 24th, 2009 the Library held a dedication ceremony for the Paul Hooker Media Center. The Paul Hooker Media Center has been made possible through the kind patronage of Mrs. Pamela Hooker in loving memory of her husband Mr. Paul Hooker. Mrs. Hooker donated the funds to purchase a movie projector, two movie screens and six computers.

How it has impacted the community

*Increased computer exposure to children and adults in San Pedro

and thus increased learning interest, where they may not have existed at all before the media center.

*Movie nights offer the community a positive family activity for the