The Haiti Projects’ Community Library is the first-ever Maker Library in Haiti and was made possible by a generous donation from the Kellogg Foundation, the estate of Ellin Smalley, the Hershey Foundation, and Jean Paul Valette and is officially titled "The Haiti Projects Community Library in memory of Ellin Smalley.
The new Library is a 10,000 square foot facility and boasts an expanded computer lab, an multipurpose room for lectures, classroom spaces, traditional library space, a cyber cafe and a maker space with tools and equipment. The new Maker Library is a signature building that allows for community building, distance learning and children’s programming. Consider supporting our Library today by clicking here: donate page.
The Library is located in the center of Fond des Blancs and was founded to provide educational and literacy opportunities to the local community. Currently the Library provides books in English, French and Haitian Creole; adult literacy programs; youth after-school programming; workshops in theater and writing; and organized weekend programs for children. A Cybercafé offers an important link to the world beyond Haiti. The Library also provides a gathering place for cultural understanding and discussion.
The library is the only public lending library and the only public Internet access in an area of over 100,000 people. The community library boasts:
- 1400 library members
- 700 computer users
- 34,612 books available
- 7 computers
|LIBRARY||2015 Totals||2016 Totals|
|Books Checked Out||268||464|
|New Library Cards||84||31|
|Library Cards Renewed||51||9|
|Total Income US||$11.00||$37.97|
|Girl In Attendance||2701||4087|
|% Female Attendance||47%||58%|
|Hours Free Internet Use||110||578|
|Total Income US||$202||$145.65|
The success of our programs offered through the Library has far exceeded our expectations. The community of Fond des Blancs is asking for better and more consistent internet connections, expanded programing and more reference volumes.
Félix Pierre, teacher of mathématico
Jean-Francois Thalon, principal of the Exodus School
Frequel georges, registrar of Fond-Des-Blancs ( gov)
Briel Leveille, President of RATRAP
Durand Dubreus, Director of the education program of St Boniface