Roseau Public Library Envisioned to Link Literacy and Art

by: - January 16, 2020
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The Roseau Public Library is on the agenda for reformation in the Roseau Enhancement Project.

The public library building was made unusable by the 2017 hurricane and the service is being offered from the second floor of a building on Kennedy Avenue.

Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who is also Minister for Planning, Finance and Sustainable Development revealed details of the idea for the library at a meeting of stakeholders in the capital on Monday evening.

He acknowledges a failing in not establishing a new purpose-built home for the library in the previous term as prime minister.

Hon Skerrit says the future could be a library system that marries education, literacy, art and culture.

“One of my greatest disappointments is that we did not get to build a modern library at the time that we should have built it. The intention then was to build it when we were building the State House and the State College,” he revealed.

“I wanted to build something that even if you couldn’t read or write, you would want to go into the library and see what’s happening in there.”

Hon Skerrit proposed, “Why don’t we tie in a centre for the performing arts and have a recording studio for the public. We need to discuss the issue of the construction of a centre for the performing arts in Dominica.”

He listed ballet, steel pan, and other arts as needing designated teaching and practice facilities.

He described them as major sources of foreign exchange.