Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library was established in 2008 by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service. Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize, where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books.
Donald Lopez an American citizen from California has been diving with Hopkins Divers for the past seven years and calls Hopkins his second home. Every year Lopez donates to the community and this year was no exception. He brought with him a custom built single speed bicycle, this was his only mode of transport for the few months that he stayed in Hopkins – he generously auctioned it off and all proceeds went to Mrs. Bertie Library. It was a good turnout and BZ$205 was the final offer by Pam owner of Windschief.