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Almost 2 months later RT Public Library still closed!

The Road Town Public Library has been closed for the past two months. Photo: VINO/File
Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Dr Marcia Potter (left) has denied any knowledge of a mold problem in the Road Town Public Library. Right: Critics have blasted Education Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn for getting his priorities mixed up. Photo: VINO/File
Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Dr Marcia Potter (left) has denied any knowledge of a mold problem in the Road Town Public Library. Right: Critics have blasted Education Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn for getting his priorities mixed up. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Carvin Malone said the AC unit problem in the Road Town Public Library building is a matter for Government to address. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Carvin Malone said the AC unit problem in the Road Town Public Library building is a matter for Government to address. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was this news site that first and accurately reported on May 30, 2016 that the territory’s main public library in Road Town, has been closed since from around May 17, 2016.

Speaking to former and current public library employees, it was unearthed that the building owned by the Carvin Malone family had issues of mold, broken Air Condition (AC) Units and employees with medical conditions, which is being blamed on the undesirable working conditions in the building.

Library still closed amid confusion over reasons

In the face of all this evidence and medical papers from some staff, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Marcia Potter Phd., denied that there is mold in the building. She told our newsroom that she was not aware of mold therefore that issue [mold] had nothing to do with the closure.

She did admit, however, that there were broken AC Units which she said at the time, May 31, 2016, was being addressed.

An employee, who brought forward a medical paper to confirm her condition was caused by mold, also said “if you see some of the books at the library they are green from the mold.”

Some six weeks later, the Road Town Public Library is still closed and this has been affecting students and researchers. There is no sign of when it will be reopened.

However, Ministry and Government officials remain tight-lipped over the long extended closure. Carvin Malone, the landlord whose family owns the building located on Fleming Street, above RiteWay Food Market, noted that it is not his family's responsibility to address the issue of the AC unit, as it was installed by government.

Beside the poor health of government workers and the issues in the building affecting them, the closure of the Road Town Public Library has also affected the mobile book services, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Education.

Is Hon Walwyn a failure?

The Library Services Department falls under the portfolio of Hon Myron V. Walwyn, Territorial At Large Member and the Minister for Education and Culture.

Over the past year, the public has lost faith in the embattled Minister with everything under his Ministry going wrong.  Parents, teachers, students and senior education officers have lashed out against his sixth form programme and labeled him as “stubborn” for not listening to the cries of the people to place the extra year to the primary school level.

The 2016 Emancipation Festival is in limbo with reports of less than two troupes signing up for the August Monday parade and the lack of funds to support the event. The Virgin Islands Party Opposition, the media and talk show hosts have accused Mr Walwyn of turning the education system and festival into politics, which have turned off many.

Many taxpayers are still outraged that at a time of financial hardship in the country, Minister Walwyn wasted $1 Million dollars on a small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School just before the 2015 general elections. They said the money could have been better used for the extra class rooms at the High School, along with much needed supplies for schools and to help support the 2016 Emancipation celebrations.

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http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/medical-complaints-broken-ac-mold-force-public-library-to-close-

16 Responses to “Almost 2 months later RT Public Library still closed!”

  • I believe (03/07/2016, 15:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are playing games.
  • ... (03/07/2016, 15:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW still closed? where are the workers?
  • its all about me (03/07/2016, 15:49) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    lawd mr malone as much as the virgin islands party have given to you,comeon man give something back for a change.the virgin islands party have basicllly made a lot of you all local million's give back for a change.
  • ccc (03/07/2016, 17:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ting to talk
  • farmer brown (03/07/2016, 18:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Workers are all out sick for the most part
  • huh (03/07/2016, 20:40) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Walwyn is a failure despite the Malone family collecting so much money for decades and not addressing the issues? This is exactly whats wrong with this country
    • Well Sah (04/07/2016, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      When government sign their leases they agree to deal with the A/C maintenance and now you looking for Malone to deal with it.
  • cay (03/07/2016, 20:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    SMH poor we Myron is the biggest waste
  • Sad State (04/07/2016, 07:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Moldy books and the incinerator don't even work to burn them!
  • Hmmm (04/07/2016, 15:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Almost every building the government rents have mold issues including their own building (central administration complex) and most of the schools.
    Why you picking on Malone. Check to see who working from home and all the other mold drama stories in the government service and stop throwing blame on one.
  • dog (05/07/2016, 00:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is distressing. Any civilization dating back to Egypt's first library has a collection of books for the good of the people and education.
    This is just as important as a school is if not more so. It keeps youth out of trouble, gives them a place to go and sparks the imagination. This is not a luxury. It is a necessity. This truly makes BVI third world if they don't support libraries and education. Malone should help open the space, whether it is government or not, he is the landlord. He can settle later, but children need it now! Frankly, that whole building is a hazzard and owners are making millions off Government rentals. They also get the advantage of having government outfit them for their benefit. It is all a bad practice. Redundant employees, expensive renting, all contribute to poor financial management.
  • shaw (05/07/2016, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why can't they get volunteers to clean the library and save the books? replacing them is very expensive and any loss of archives and history will be devastating because it can not be replaced.


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