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It demonstrates a level of commitment to the community that I'd like to see emulated by other organizations.

Hon. Alden McLaughlin, JP

Published 10th August 2006, 5:28pm

A magnanimous gesture by a member of the private sector has the reconstruction of the Bodden Town library progressing smoothly on schedule. The enhanced library now has a brand new hurricane rated roof with standing seam roofing donated by Robert Watler of Watler's Metal Products. Mr. Watler said that the roof has been engineered to withstand winds of 150 miles per hour. He said that as a native Boddentowner he did not hesitate to make the donation when he was approached by Bodden Town MLA Mr. Osbourne Bodden. The Minister with responsibility for libraries the Hon. Alden McLaughlin, JP, Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture, who took an official tour of the Bodden Town Library this morning, thanked Mr. Bodden for driving the process for the district. He also praised Mr. Watler for his generous gift and encouraged gestures of community-mindedness saying, "it demonstrates a level of commitment to the community that I'd like to see emulated by other organizations." The Minister was also pleased at the progress and enhancements being made at the library which is scheduled to complete construction in five weeks. The Library suffered damage to its roof during Ivan, which caused water to enter the building and led to the loss of some 60 percent of the reading materials there. The new wing of the library will have a learning centre/activity room and Minister McLaughlin said he hoped that the library will become a place that the entire Bodden Town community will utilize to its full potential. Care has been taken to preserve the architectural integrity of the building which has been designated as a building of historic interest. The original roof supports, which were built in the fashion of the Caymanian boat building tradition, were repaired and preserved. The building has also been modified to accommodate the handicapped.