ABOUT US

Library Location: The Green Turtle Cay Public Library is located at the eastern end of the Town Administration Complex on Parliament Street in New Plymouth.

Library Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to noon.

Library Steering Committee: The library is overseen by a steering committee, including residents and business people from the community.

Library History:  During the late 1800s, thanks to the convergence of a number of different successful industries, Green Turtle Cay experienced a period of great prosperity. At that time, the town was serviced by a large, formal library, which housed thousands of leather-bound volumes. Sadly, that library was destroyed during the 1932 hurricane, which leveled much of Green Turtle Cay.

More recently, a small library was established in the corner of the town post office. When it outgrew that home, the library moved into its current location, a two-room building known as the Cookhouse, just east of the town administrative buildings.

The Cookhouse is one of the oldest structures on the cay, one of a very few that survived the 1932 hurricane. Built in 1840, of stone quarried on the cay, the Cookhouse was originally part of a complex that, prior to the 1932 hurricane, included a 1,200-seat Methodist church and two cottages that stood where the Administrator’s Office and Police Station are now.

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New Plymouth’s Methodist Church (pre-1932) Image courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

At the back of the smaller of the two original Cookhouse rooms was an original rock oven and fireplace. The larger room was likely a dining room.

In the mid-1980s, the Green Turtle Cay Foundation renovated the Cookhouse, replacing the floor, ceiling and plaster, but maintaining the historic oven and fireplace. They left a small part of the old wall exposed so that the original quarry stones remains visible.

The library continued to expand, with freestanding library shelves installed in 1996 and an additional room added to the west side of the structure in 2007.

For more information about the library, contact us.

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