By Fabian A. Badejo.
Books, books and more books! That's what libraries are made of. The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) housed over 60,000 volumes before Irma. Books in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento. Books for preschoolers to research fellows. The bookshelves are mostly empty now, with the vast majority of the publications sealed off in cartons where they obviously don't belong,
By Fabian A. Badejo
It's September 22, 2018. Saturday, 11:00 am in Great Bay. There's no space in the parking lot, so I ended up parking at a short distance from the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. From the outside, it didn't look like it had been damaged much by Hurricane Irma until I drew closer and began to see the rust and displaced louvers. What used to be the office is battered down as if in anticipation of another storm
Among the many catastrophes Hurricane Irma unleashed on us is the damage of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Like a wounded lion, the Library has taken staggering steps to get back on its feet again, thanks to the dedication and commitment of its staff, however, it urgently needs to be relocated for it to survive and continue to serve this community as it has done for the past 95 years. Yes, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library is 95 this year,
Eight children of four different schools in St. Maarten participated in Skype conversations at Philipsburg Jubilee Library with some of their peers at Rotterdam’s Central Library of Rotterdam in connection with Children’s Book Week 2018, which kicked off Sunday. Moderated by Book Week Coordinator Renee van Oosterom and librarian Ivo Kuijf in Rotterdam
— Aruban author, educator, politician, and translator Yolanda Croes recently presented her first published children’s book “Mingi ye mago malbado” / “Mingi and the wicked wizard” to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s Interim Director Irmin Hughes, staff and the general public.