Burgesses of Sangre Grande and environs welcomed the reopening of NALIS’ Sangre Grande Public Library.The Official Reopening Ceremony was held on Tuesday March 25, 2014.
The library reopened its doors several months after it was closed for extensive upgrades.Situated at Brierley Street, Sangre Grande, this modern facility is specifically designed to meet the information and leisure needs of the community.
The newly renovated space now features a multipurpose room which will accommodate Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA), advance mathematics, chemistry, Spanish, ‘Youth Lit’ and other classes. The facility now has over 2000 square feet of additional usable space and makes available assistive technology for the visually challenged, an increased number of computers for the public’s use, a designated area for children and outdoor parking.
Dr the Honourable Rupert Griffith, Minister of Science and Technology and Member of Parliament (MP) for Toco/ Sangre Grande cut the ribbon of officially reopen the library. The minister reiterated the important role libraries play in developing individuals and communities and urged the students present to make full use of its resources.
Lucia Phillip, Executive Director, NALIS said, “ Libraries offer services and programmes for people at all literacy levels, preschoolers, students, homebound senior citizens, prisoners, homeless or impoverished individuals, and persons with physical or learning disabilities.” She added that, “Libraries rid us of fences that obstruct our vision and our ability to communicate and educate ourselves.”
Lorraine Heath, Councillor, Sangre North East who represented the Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation at the ceremony also added her voice to the important role of libraries and attributes her own academic success to libraries.
The Sangre Grande Public Library’s opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.