As philately and philatelic research continues to spread around the world, it is always great to hear about the opening of a new philatelic library. This past week Sergio Lugo of the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library reached out to the other philatelic libraries that are a part of the Philatelic Librarians Roundtable group on behalf of Ann Ramphal-Wood, APS member and founder of the Guyana Philatelic Society (GPS). Originally from Kitty, Georgetown, Guyana, Ann has been very active in promoting the philately of Guyana and stamp collecting in Guyana for the past two decades and is currently spearheading the creation of the first philatelic library in Guyana.
Ann Ramphal-Wood of the Guyana Philatelic Society and the Interior of the New Library
With over 500 members in 10 countries, the GPS encourages Guyanese citizens to include stamp collecting as part of their pastime activities for not just its historic value but for the significance it holds to the nation of Guyana. Over the years Ann has travelled to many parts of the South American country promoting the cultural and educational aspects of the hobby while speaking at schools and other institutions.
Ramphal-Wood speaking at Leonora Secondary School, Uitvlugt, Guyana
As an extension of this and in conjunction with Ann’s efforts, the GPS began reaching out to other philatelic libraries in order to not only promote the new library, but more importantly to assist the GPS in populating the first library of its kind in Guyana with resources and materials. The American Philatelic Research Library was only too glad to become part of this extraordinary effort in Guyana by sending along boxfuls of literature and materials for this first of its kind collection.
Material being Boxed for Delivery to the new GPS Library
In the words of the GPS founder “it is the goal of the new library to house a growing collection of books and stamp catalogues that will serve as an enhancement of the Guyana Post Office and a place where stamp collectors can immerse themselves into the world of stamp collecting while fostering relationships with people from different fields and backgrounds.” With materials on their way from the APRL and other philatelic libraries, the launch for the new library is set to take place at the Georgetown Post Office Corporation’s Georgetown Head Office in late May 2021.