Sint Maarten Library


BELVEDERE–With the unveiling of the new library name, the new logo and the launching of the website, Philipsburg Jubilee Library celebrated its 99th anniversary. Honoured by the attendance of Governor Ajamu Baly and with the support of many representatives of the community, the library presented its new identity and new name: Sint Maarten Library.


During Wednesday’s ceremony at the library’s satellite in Belvedere Community Center, Ruby Bute treated the audience to two powerful poems and her remembrance of her first storytelling in the library.


Board secretary Jeanina Dupersoy welcomed the audience and shared the importance of this milestone. Interim Dean of University of St. Martin (USM) and former board member Wycliff Smith addressed with his keynote speech the importance of having a library in the community.


Sint Maarten Library celebrates 99 years, but the library as an institution goes back 5,000 years. The library is not only a source of information and knowledge, but also a public, safe place where people can meet and relax, Smith said.


The library now also offers innovative community-oriented activities and tops it off with its 21st-century-level extensive digital library service. Since 2020, it has also established links to the digital library of the Royal Library in The Hague and recently with the Digital Library of the Caribbean dLOC for patrons and visitors.


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