The American Corner in Mauritius has been named the ‘Harper Lee Center’ for the author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which featured on secondary school Literature in English programs in Mauritius. It was inaugurated on September 8, 2010 by U.S. Ambassador Mary Jo Wills, Local Government Minister Hervé Aimée and Curepipe Mayor Coomara Pyaneeandee.
The Harper Lee Center currently has about 500 books for children and adults on literature, history, government, environment, politics and a wide range of subjects by American authors. Fiction as well as reference material and audiobooks are available in the center, which also has two computer terminals donated by the U.S. Embassy. The Harper Lee Center is replenished and serviced by the Embassy.
Various workshops in different fields are organized throughout the year. The EducationUSA Advisor conducts regular advising sessions and also meets with students and parents individually. An English Conversation Club for Form V students has been introduced in 2015 and holiday programs including movie shows, storytelling and drawing sessions are organized for children during school breaks.
Membership to the Harper Lee Center is free and available to the general public. For more information, please visit the Center on the 1st Floor of the Carnegie Library in Curepipe or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening hours are from 09:00 to 16:00 hrs. Monday to Friday.
The American Corners Program is an initiative launched and sponsored by United States Department more than 10 years ago. Almost 400 American Corners in about 60 countries have been launched since 2000.