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New-look school library thanks to Rotary South

Lisa King

New-look school library thanks to Rotary South

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Students of Lester Vaughan Secondary School now have a more appropriately lit and air-conditioned library.
Thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Barbados South, the library was refurbished earlier this year. A new wall was added, the walls painted, the old shelves removed and new shelving and new storage cupboards installed.
The work was done as the club’s project for the year, and it was viewed yesterday by Lara Quentrall-Thomas, district governor for District 7030, which includes Barbados and 13 other countries in the Caribbean, when she visited the school.  
Sonya Alleyne, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Barbados South, said that the need for renovations was brought to the club’s attention, and members decided they would come to the school’s assistance.  
Alleyne explained that the work was completed at a cost of $30 000, with donations of paint and time coming from Berger Paints and G&S interiors.
Prior to the refurbishment of the library, a complaint was that it was not sufficiently well lit as the shelves were stacked high with papers.
Librarian Junior Boxhill, who has been working at the school since its opening 13 years ago, said that prior to the refurbishment the shelves were designed more for storage but the new shorter shelves made the room look more like a library.
Quentrall-Thomas, who has been visiting the countries and clubs in her district, has so far this year visited 53 of the 69 clubs in the 14 countries she governs.
She explained that her visits across the Caribbean had helped her to see how committed Rotarians were to their communities.
“The three clubs here do nice projects, and the good thing about Barbados is that they actually work together and are not as competitive as perhaps in the other territories. There is a real spirit of all of us together working to improve Barbados,” she said.