The library at the Saddlers Secondary School was recently launched with an official ceremony. The library has been outfitted to use the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) System. This modern library system replaces the traditional card catalog method and can be accessed from any location with internet service. The school now has the distinct honour of being the first in the Federation to have an automated library system, said an official of National.
Principal of the school, Adina Richards, said that a book drive was conducted initially to outfit the library. Responses were received from the public and parents of students. In addition donations were made by some members of the business community including Timothy Beach Resort, St. Kitts-Nevis Development Bank Limited, Caribbean Credit Card Corporation, St. Kitts Scenic Railway and the Rotary Club. A major void still existed to complete the project and NATIONAL stepped in providing reference books and facilitating the purchase of the OPAC System. Ms. Richards expressed gratitude to the bank for funding this venture in spite of the tough economic times we now face.
Sabina Vaughan, speaking on behalf of the Bank said National was proud to have undertaken this project. She encouraged the students to make full use of their library to reap the benefits from their learning experience at the school. Mrs. Vaughan reiterated the bank’s commitment to ensuring that the youth of the Federation are educated in the best environments possible and by extension the teachers can more effectively function knowing that the resources are available to students.
Following the ceremony invitees were given a tour of the new library facility. The Librarian, Mrs. Jeanette Maitland provided an online display of the functioning of the OPAC System.
During the ceremony, students of the school displayed an impressive array of talent which included songs and dramatization.
The library was officially launched on Thursday 31st May, 2012.