Captain Morgan's donates computers to Library

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 6            February 10, 2005

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Press Release San Pedro Public Library February 5th, 2005 During a ribbon cutting ceremony, Luis Dominguez, General Manager of Captain Morgan's Retreat, along with Senior Librarian Iracela Acosta, Librarian Maribel Acosta and Peace Corps Volunteers Rick and Stephanie Dalton, cut the ribbon declaring the children's computer lab open at the San Pedro Town Library.

    Several months ago, an idea by the Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce and its Peace Corps Volunteers developed into a reality when the Chamber requested a donation of computers and Captain Morgan's Retreat Owners Karen Riley, Ernest Olmstead, and Joseph Simek and Captain Morgan's Retreat donated six computers and one printer to the Library. The San Pedro Town Library Committee and the Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Captain Morgan's for this wonderful donation.

    After many months of updating that needed to happen at the Library, the computers were finally installed. The Adult Fiction and Non-fiction Sections of the Library needed to move upstairs to provide space for the computers. Volunteers were needed to staff the adult section. Thank you to all who volunteered their time weekly. The electric wiring needed to be updated to accommodate six new computers and hurricane shutters were installed to help provide security and weather protection.

    Captain Morgan's Computer Technician, Alex Morris came in over the last few weeks to install all the computers, link them to a network and install software. Many thanks to Alex for taking the time to come and install all the computers.

    Many additional donations have come to help make this vision a success. Desks, computer software and books came from community members, and a monitor came from Jan Brown of the Pier Lounge. The Chamber of Commerce provided publicity and donation requests along with much needed funds to help pay for the Library re-wiring. Also, during the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mr. Dominguez, on behalf of Captain Morgan's Retreat, provided Iracela Acosta with a check for $300 for printer cartridges, paper and upkeep of the computers. Thank you to everyone who donated.

    In the next few weeks, Rick and Stephanie Dalton will begin providing computer classes for students. Students need to be active Library members for at least one month before being accepted into a class. Students may get their Library cards during normal library hours from the Librarian. Classes will be held for students aged 10-12 for the first session.

    Students will be chosen with suggestions of the Library and school officials. Classes will be held for six weeks. Stay tuned for further information on the computer classes in the coming weeks.

    The computers at the Library are for children's use only. They were donated to educate children on computer usage and hopefully in the near future to introduce the Internet. Times will be provided for monitored computer usage outside of class sessions.

    The San Pedro Town Library Committee would like to thank all of its members and San Pedro Town for their support of this project and we look forward to providing beneficial computer classes to the students of San Pedro Town.
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