BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE shelves of the Charles A. Halbert Public Library have been refitted with new learning materials for children, thanks to the commitment of the St. Kitts Cooperative Credit Union (SKCCU).
In celebrating this week as Credit Union Week, the financial institution reaffirmed its commitment to the development of education on the island with a donation of over 70 pieces of literature for children and young adults to the library.
For this year’s celebrations the credit union has paid special attention to youth development with its new Junior Saver’s Account, and according to SKCCU General Manager Sheryl Bass, yesterday’s (Oct. 13) donation to the library fits well into the activities of the overall week.
“We thought that in a time like this, when we find our kids need to be doing things that are positive and will build character, that the gifts of books would be an excellent head start for them.
“We thought that the gift would be an excellent idea for the kids and we hope that indeed they would use it so that it can lead to positive lifestyles,” she said in a brief handing-over ceremony held at the library.
Some EC $1500 was pumped into the project, but according to Bass, the investment is a part of the vision of the credit union to advance the lives of its members and the general public at large.
She said, “The SKCCU is indeed committed to the education of our members. As a matter of fact, it’s one of our core principles that we will educate our members and ensure their betterment.”
The gesture was warmly welcomed by the library staff. Librarian Carrolyn Henry expressed her thanks and stated that the donation will bring a new interest in reading for many young lives.
“We are indeed grateful, as we are always in need of fresh material for the kids. When we have new books to encourage them to read more and to encourage their friends to read as well, it is a wonderful thing,” Henry said.
The credit union’s week of activities continues today (Oct. 14) with the official launch of the Junior Saver’s Account and tomorrow with the celebration of International Credit Union Day.