The Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy Elizabeth Susie Pratt yesterday handed over an American shelf to the Kissy Library which is a Branch of the Sierra Leone Library Board.
In her statement, Ms Pratt said that Americans have a strong tradition of sharing Libraries and this is one of the reasons they are doing it in Sierra Leone.
She explained that Freetown is not the only area they have Library, disclosing that they have one in Bo and other parts of the country, with the hope that the benefactors will like it.
The Charge d’Affairs of the Embassy described the donation as a continuation of the partnership between the US Embassy and the Sierra Leone Library Board, adding “I hope the partnership will flourish in the future.”
The purpose of the Library she said “is to keep those going to the Library informed with American magazines, fiction, and sports.”
She added “knowledge is a commodity that should be shared with everyone that is why we have embarked on giving a shelf to this community.”
The shelf she stated has valuable information which will be of great importance to the benefactors.
“Library is a very important place to go, I used to spend most of my time there … it is an exiting place to be I therefore urge all to use the Library judiciously.”
Chief Librarian of the Sierra Leone Library Board Victor Coker in his remarks said that the shelf will help to bring the American Library closer to the people.
He stressed that the shelf will aid in broadening the horizon of pupils as they will improve their English by reading the books.
He urged the pupils to make proper use of the shelf “as this will make room for us to have an American corner where we will have videos, internet and other modern technology.”