The Community Library





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
Books Returned 135 394
Books Late 27 37
Books Lost 0 -
New Library Cards 84 31
Library Cards Renewed 51 9
New Books 15 -
Books Available 9020 34612
Attendance 1727 2380
Total Income US $11.00 $37.97
Total Activities 187 245
Total Attendance 5690 7022
Girl In Attendance 2701 4087
% Female Attendance 47% 58%
Paying Hours 234 192
Clients 237 328
Hours Free Internet Use 110 578
Copies 1457 1285
Printed Pages 194 375
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.

Library Board

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




Haiti Projects

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