BINGERVILLE – United States Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire Terence McCulley joined the Minister of Culture and Francophonie Maurice Bandaman and Bingerville Mayor Beugré Djoman to cut the ribbon on a new municipal library and American Shelf named Bibliothèque Municipale Djodjo. The United States Embassy supported this project in collaboration with the NGO Rising Sun and the commune of Bingerville.
“The opening of this library is one more example of the excellent collaboration and bilateral cooperation between the United States and Côte d’Ivoire,” Ambassador McCulley said. “The opening of Bibliothèque Municipale Djodjo will help youth and others in Bingerville find tools that will aid their personal, academic, and professional development.”
The effort to open the municipal library, the first in Bingerville was led by Ruth Wong, president of the NGO Rising Sun and an alumnus of the American exchange program, Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars.
Included in the library is an American Shelf which serves to educate interested audiences about American history, culture and values. Books, computers and programming are made available to patrons of the library who might not otherwise be able to access them. This in turn provides a platform for mutual understanding and cultural exchange between the Ivoirian and American people.