The story of the library
The library was imagined in 2011 by a Westminster Presbyterian Church high school student while she was visiting the mission in Haiti when she realized there were not any available books other than textbooks.
Starting in 2012, through donations of books and monetary funds, a collection of books that were culturally sensitive, had Christian values and/or were connected to the studies of the students were gathered and delivered to the mission. Since then Westminster has renovated two rooms at the mission to house the library. These rooms now also contain computers for the students to use to do research.
In 2015, a Haitian librarian was hired. Connecting this gentleman with a librarian in a successful library about an hour from LaCroix has allowed for his training and a support network. As a library is a new concept to most people in LaCroix we continue to assist the mission leadership to allow for growth.
Goals created with the mission leadership on the 2017 mission trip include:
- Library time becoming mandatory for each classroom,
- Increased use of the library for research,
- Incorporating library books into the French language curriculum,
- Adding online libraries to the computers to expand the availability of resources,
- Continuing to supplement the book collection so it becomes large enough to support this community.