Oct. 11, 2007 — Zoraida E. Jacobs, reading campaign coordinator, and former Sen. Donald "Ducks" Cole, acting director of libraries, archives and museums, announced the opening of the new Hispanic Collection in the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted on Thursday.
More than 500 books in Spanish have been put together from various sources, said Jacobs, also a member of the V.I./Puerto Rico Friendship committee. "This is a fine way to end the VI/PR Friendship Celebration in this cultural program with Hispanic and V.I. literary roots," Jacobs said.
The collection includes a broad range of books in Spanish such as self- help books, history books, novels, cookbooks, medical books, children's books and newspapers. In the 30- by- 30 foot space there is room for 2,700 books. Cole said in the next month the library will get Hispanic software and keyboards for the computers.
"We encourage the Spanish-speaking population to come, see and use this extensive collection," Jacobs said.
A public dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the library Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with Puerto Rican music and poetry readings in Spanish and English. The poetry readings will be by Richard Schrader, Edgar Lake, Jose Figueroa and Carmen Mirray.
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