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Dedicated at Williams Library
by Carol Buchanan
|Carmen Miray Dominguez recites a poem by
Oct. 13, 2007 -- More than 80 people attended a formal
dedication ceremony Friday night at the Florence Williams
Library in Christiansted for the opening of the Hispanic
"The library is a sacred place," said former Sen. Donald
"Ducks" Cole, acting director of libraries, archives and
Cole turned over the program to his predecessor at the
library, the recently retired Wallace Williams, to fill in the
background of the library efforts.
After recounting the library's initiatives for Spanish
speakers, Williams said, "Enjoy this collection, it's your
library. Encourage your children to come and enjoy it."
He added, "Your library card is the key to these wonderful
A collection of Hispanic books was located in a library in
Estate Slob that closed in 1997. Earlier this year, Zoraida E.
Jacobs, reading campaign coordinator for the Virgin
Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Committee, asked the
administrators of the Florence Williams Library if they could
find room for the Hispanic collection of books.
The location chosen is on the first floor of the
Christiansted library, with space to hold more than 2,700 books.
There are currently about 500 volumes.
Jacobs is expecting 30 more boxes of books from the
University of Puerto Rico Institute of Culture and is looking
for volunteers to get the books ready for the shelves.
Jacobs will be asking residents what other books they want
to see in the collection.
Also on display was a collection of books in the lobby from
writer Edgar Lake's collection. Lake enthusiastically explained
to interested residents how most of his books dealt with the
intermingling of cultures.
He was not the only person there enthused with literature.
Jose "Chin" Figueroa and Carmen Miray Dominquez recited
poems in Spanish. Richard Schrader, author and poet, read about
his connection with his Hispanic neighbors from his book "Kallaloo."
Lake read works of Joseph Patrick Gimenez.
Othelio "Chino" Concepcion played three guitar pieces,
closing with a sing-along of "My Old San Juan."
The event closed out the Puerto Rico-St. Croix Friendship
week, and prominent Hispanic public figures such as Sen. Juan
Figueroa-Serville and Pedro Encarnacion, the St. Croix
administrator, were on hand.
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