While Kincaid was growing up, the library was a place where she felt comfortable and it gave her an opportunity to expand her knowledge. When she goes back to Antigua she notes that the children seem less educated, and the absence of a proper library could be contributing to this. Although the library was there during colonial times, it still provided a sense of organization and structure to the island. The colonists worked to keep a certain sense of structure to the town and brought the library because that is what English cities had. However, once the colonists leave, the island has a hard time giving itself a stable government. Antigua does not know how to form a government that is not corrupt and build a good city because they are not used to functioning independently. The library is one of the many things that fall apart when Antigua becomes independent. Without the library, the chance for citizens to become education and learn about other worldly matters fades. Their inability to learn more about other places in the world keeps them stuck in their corrupted government. Since they know nothing different and have no chance to do learn about other places in the world, they are trapped with what they know. Even when speaking of the tourist, Kincaid speaks of how the people on the island envy the tourist for being able to travel. Being trapped in such a small place doesn’t allow for the people to become educated and make major changes to the government on their island.