San Pedro Town Library hosts fun Movie Night
Friday, May 27th, 2016
On Saturday, May 21st, the San Pedro Town Library (SPTL) hosted a fun, outdoor ‘Movie Night’ at the Esmeralda Park next to the library building. The feature movie of the night was “Epic”, an animated adventure comedy film that brought together families. The movie showed on the SPTL’s large inflatable screen, and a canvas was placed in front so children who brought their blankets could lie down and really enjoy the experience.
The event served as a fundraiser, with snacks and drinks being sold to help raise funds for the upgrade of the library’s equipment. “We are in need of two new computers for our circulation desk, and we are also looking to purchase an external hard drive to back up the library’s information,” said Library Assistant Marlene Coral.
On a long-term basis, the library is looking to secure land and building to establish another library to accommodate a larger audience. Since the current library is small, space is needed to appeal and hold more varieties of literature. “Some people come in and think the library is only for children. In reality, we do have an area for adults, but they don’t have where to sit because the library is small, so we are looking to expand,” said Coral. The SPTL is looking forward to hosting many other movie nights throughout the year.
One of the many upcoming activities includes a one-week Summer Camp that will commence on Monday, June 27th. Participating libraries across the country will focus on the theme of “culture” set by the Belize National Library Services and Information System. In accordance with the theme, the SPTL chose to focus on two ethnic groups: the Lebanese and Garifuna. Another well-rounded camp is scheduled to take place in summer, where children will be taught about anatomy, biology, movie clips of different cultures in Belize will be shown, and of course, reading and games will be incorporated.
Coral would like to thank her committee members for the ideas of starting the movie night, the missionaries from the Church of Jesus and Latter-day Saints, students from San Pedro High School who helped with the event, and those who came out and supported the fundraiser.
The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye recently concluded a Book Drive, where books and magazines collected were donated to the library. The SPTL thanks the Rotary Club for managing the drive, and they also would like to thank the following business for having Drop Boxes at their business: Victoria House, Crazy Canucks, A&R, Casa Pan Dulce, Stella’s Smile and Coconut Carts. A special thank you to the Syme Family and Caye Casa for the large donations given. Big thanks also go out to the Social Security Board of San Pedro for their office wide initiative to donate used books and magazines. And lastly, the library thanks the all community members and visitors who contributed to the book drive.
The general public is invited to the library every Tuesday for “Story Time” at 3:40PM. The library is located on Barrier Reef Drive and their contact number is 206-2028.
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