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The trouble is in the supply.
Right now there are two main libraries on the island in Charlestown and Gingerland, which are quite well stocked with books. But Sonita Daniel, director of the Nevis Library Service, says that there is a great need for books out in the communities.



Nevis is largely a rural island and transportation is often difficult. The elementary children generally walk to their neighborhood schools, while high school students are bused to one of two high schools on the island.



Most students have a community center within walking distance of their homes.
The Situation: There are eight new community centers that have opened in the countryside around Nevis, and there are currently very few books or educational materials in any of the centers. They are located in the areas of Bath, Brown Hill, Prospect, Cole Hill, Hanley's Road, Butlers, Ramsbury and Church Ground.



The purpose of the centers is to provide a place for students to go for afterschool homework assistance and for adults to go to read, read to their children, and to tap into resources that will be made available at people closer to their homes.



Nevis is largely a rural island and transportation is often difficult. The elementary children generally walk to their neighborhood schools, while high school students are bused to one of two high schools on the island. Most students have a community center within walking distance of their homes.
This is a list of items that are needed as of May 2009. As things change, this list will be updated.

  • Children's picture books
  • Children's early readers
  • Children's chapter books
  • Teenage books (including adventure)
  • Young Adult books
  • Classic literature
  • Cookbooks
  • Self-help books
  • Health and natural remedy books
  • Up-to-date research resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, atlases, etc.)
  • Educational materials (wall charts, maps)
  • CDs and DVDs (educational in nature)

How can you help: Visitors and short and long-term residents can make a significant contribution to the island by sending down books to donate for the community centers. As you can see from the list, children's books and educational materials are a priority. New and gently-used books are requested. They can be shipped to the island directly to library services at this address:



Sonita Daniel
Nevis Library Service
GMBC Building
Government Road, Charlestown
Nevis, Eastern Caribbean West Indies
Phone: 869.469.5521





Or, if you are on the island and want to drop off books, you can drop them at the Sugar Mill Real Estate offices right at the main road at SEASIDE at Cliffdwellers during daytime working hours. Pickup of books is also available at your Nevis home by calling 869.469.1093 or 869.663.8910.
Donations: If you don't want to ship or carry books, you can also help by making a donation to help with shipping books from publishers and libraries throughout the world who are willing to donate books. Those donations can be made in the form of a check made out to Nevis Reads, and sent to Mrs. Daniel at the above address or to Sugar Mill Real Estate, PO Box 765, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies.



Other Ideas: We are always looking for other sources of books through publisher overruns, seconds, or other means. If you have any ideas for this, please let us know through info@nevishouses.com and we will investigate it.



For more information or questions, contact:
Suzanne Gordon at Sugar Mill Real Estate,
869.469.1093 (O) 869.663.8910 (C) or 917.522.1843 (US line).

Thank you for your support!