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The Manchester Parish Library has received more than 2,000 books, educational video and audio cassettes from Franklyn Evans, a returning resident of Mandeville, in conjunction with the,Optimist Club of Hamilton, Ontario.
The presentation of the books was made yesterday (August 9), at the library.
Mr. Evans, who returned from Ontario in Canada, said that for the next 15 years, he would have a programme in place to provide books for all the libraries in Manchester.
“When we have filled all the libraries in Manchester, we will take on all of Jamaica,” he added.
Other organizations that will be assisting in this venture are the Super Plus Food Stores and Alumina Partners of Jamaica (ALPART).
Accepting the books, Rural Development Librarian at the Manchester Parish Library, Louise Foster noted that she was “particularly happy that most of these books are children’s books, which we are always in need of”.
“We are extremely happy that you have started this programme and we eagerly look forward to what is in store in the future. The children will be very happy, especially with the new school year approaching . to find new books on the shelves,” she added.
The Manchester Parish Library, one of the largest in Jamaica, has 12 other branches in the parish, as well as a book mobile that travels to areas without a branch.