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SENATOR TREGENZA A. ROACH REQUESTS AN UPDATE FROM DPNR COMMISSIONER BARNES ON LIBRARY OPENING
Senator Tregenza A. Roach, member of the 30th Legislature Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation, requested from Commissioner Alicia Barnes of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, an update on the status of the opening of the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library which was scheduled to open in March.
In his letter to Commissioner Barnes he noted that the closing of the Enid M. Baa Library leaves students and other residents of St. Thomas without access to any public library facility and makes the opening of the Regional Library even more critical. Senator Roach noted that at February meeting before his committee, Barnes and other staffers indicated that the Regional Library would open in March.
He further explained that his Committee toured the facility early in March. And while managerial staff pointed out deficiencies in the building and issues of adequate staffing, there was no indication that the planned March opening would not occur.
“Yet, on this, the final business day of the month of March, we have received no formal information regarding the Library’s opening, nor any official notice that its opening would be delayed,” Senator Roach said. Senator Roach anticipates a timely response to his inquiry.
UPDATE: (VI Source) PFA Board OKs Library, Communications Funds
Senator Myron D. Jackson, U.S. Virgin Islands Committee on Culture Historic Preservation Youth & Recreation, Division of Libraries Archives & Museums, 30th Legislature Virgin Islands, hosted a public hearing on Tuesday, February 20, 2013. The purpose of the hearing was to obtain testimony from the Department of Planning & Natural Resources Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums and the general public as to the state of the territory's libraries.
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SENATOR MIILIN YOUNG JOINS PUBLIC OUTCRY DUE TO LACK OF LIBRARY SERVICES ON ST. THOMAS
Following a tour organized for senators and staff of the public libraries on St. Thomas earlier Friday, Senator Janette Millin Young expressed continued dismay regarding the lack of access for library services on the island.
"Librarians, students, teachers and parents are in their right to voice their disappointment due to the closing of the Enid M. Baa Public Library and the challenges hindering the opening of the Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Library,” Senator Millin Young said.