On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Librarians and library staff from public libraries and government school libraries attended an American Corner open house. U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission John Armstrong addressed the attendees and discussed the important influence of public libraries especially in small communities. College of The Bahamas Librarian Dr. Berthamae Walker delivered the key note address and encouraged the attendees to take full advantage of local resources and networking opportunities. During the event, the 40 attendees participated in a discussion on the many services the various libraries offer to communities in Nassau, brainstormed new ideas for implementation at their libraries, and toured the American Corner which is located on the second floor of The Harry C. Moore Library and Information Center at The College of The Bahamas.
The American Corner Nassau is a partnership between the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and the College of The Bahamas. The Corner provides access to current and reliable information about the United States via book collections, the Internet, and through local programming to the general public. The American Corner serves as an information outpost similar to a public library reference service with multimedia, book and periodical collections open and accessible to the general public. There are more than 400 American Corners in the world and this is the first American Corner in The Bahamas.
The public is encouraged to visit the American Corner and can arrange for a tour by contacting the Harry C. Moore Library at The College of The Bahamas.