FW: Library of Contemporary Slovak Literature in Washington, DC
- FRIENDS OF SLOVAKIA CREATE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY SLOVAK LITERATURE
Initial Installment to be dedicated on June 17, 2004 at the Slovak Embassy
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2004): The Friends of Slovakia have created a
Friends of Slovakia Library to be housed at the Embassy of the Slovak
Republic. The Friends of Slovakia Library will be primarily dedicated to
Slovak contemporary literature, with each year's collection devoted to the
work of a different Slovak publishing house. Materials in the Library will
be available both via a lending program as well as for review at the
The unveiling of the Library will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2004 with
two related events. First, at 12:00 p.m., the European Division of the
Library of Congress, the Friends of Slovakia and the Embassy of the Slovak
Republic will host an academic discussion entitled "Publishing in Slovakia:
Challenges for Today" by Koloman Kertesz Bagala, publisher of this year's
contribution to the Library. The seminar will be held in the European
Division Conference Room, Library of Congress-Jefferson Building Room 250.
That evening, at 7:00 p.m., the Friends of Slovakia and the Slovak Embassy
will host a reception with Mr. Bagala complete with an unveiling ceremony of
select contributions at the Slovak Embassy Chancery, 3523 International
Court, NW, Washington D.C.
"The Friends of Slovakia Library is an important development for Friends of
Slovakia, as we work to enhance Slovak-American relations. The Library will
be a repository of contemporary Slovak literature and ideas and thus help
expand American understanding of current Slovak culture," said Jan Erik
Surotchak, Chairman of Friends of Slovakia. "The Library is an essential,
tangible product in developing a lasting impact on U.S.-Slovak relations,
and is an appropriate outgrowth of the programs and seminars Friends of
Slovakia has hosted over the past several years in the area of political
development, economic ties, and cultural affairs." The Friends of Slovakia
and the Slovak Embassy intend to develop the Library through annual
inductions and seminars on contemporary Slovak literature.
About Friends of Slovakia: Friends of Slovakia is a U.S. non-profit
organization dedicated to educating Americans about Slovakia and improving
relations and understanding between Slovakia and the United States, as well
as to promoting mutually beneficial cultural, political and economic ties.
Friends of Slovakia is committed to fostering a closer relationship between
the Slovak Republic and the United States of America as two countries that
share common values and principles. Friends of Slovakia sponsors a Wall of
Honor on the grounds of the Slovak Embassy for major contributors to Friends
For general information about the Friends of Slovakia and its Library,
please contact Friends of Slovakia at (202) 362-4493 (leave a message), or
email at information@.... For Library lending
regulations, please contact the Slovak Embassy at (202) 237-1054, ext. 240,
Press Office, Embassy of Slovakia
The European Division of the Library of Congess, Washington D.C.
and The Friends of Slovakia and The Embassy of the Slovak Republic
Publishing in Slovakia: Challenges for Today
Koloman Kertesz Bagala
on Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 11,30 am
European Division Conference Room, LJ-250
Library of Congess, Washington D.C.
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