PAN AM East End Missile Base Library' in 'Grand Bahama'
The seed for the East End Missile Base Library was planted in 1988 when Mrs. Carol McCutcheon moved to
While attending a reading class on ‘How to Teach Your Child to Read’ taught by Mrs. McCutcheon, Mr. Preston Cooper Jr. suggested the development of a library in
When the Lodge Hall was needed for other purposes, the books were moved to the Missile Base. During this time, the bookmobile was continued and books were available upon request. Father Grant, an Anglican priest from High Rock suggested the vacant telecommunication building on the main highway be used for a library. Mr. Godfrey Bethel was contacted. On
During the summer of 1996, Mrs. Vayle Lorien and Mrs. McCutcheon worked daily cataloguing the books and during the summer of 1997, a Government sponsored enrichment program took place. In 1998 Mrs. McCutcheon completed a Ministry of Education sponsored Library Science course at The College of The Bahamas (COB).
The first Ham Day was held at the
The second Ham Day was held the following year at the East End Missile Base Library with Mr. Peter Carpenter reading from a book he had prepared especially for the occasion. The third annual Ham Day focused on the donation of the library to the Ministry of Education thus fulfilling the agreement set out in the original proposal. The primary speaker this time was US Ambassador Arthur Schechter. Also in attendance were the Honourable Zhivargo Laing, Minister of Education and Youth, Kenneth Russell, Member of Parliament, Demaris Thompson, Ministry of Education, Administrator Cash, Dawn Palacious (Alan Shepard’s cousin) and the library board members. Demaris Thompson accepted the key on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
In February 2000, the library served as a resource center for the
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