University of Puerto Rico to establish first Puerto Rico Center for the Book/Library of Congress Affiliate

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The University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Information Sciences and the Library Sciences and Informatics Library will establish the first Puerto Rico Center for the Book in 2019 as the 53rd affiliate center of the Library of Congress, the two institutions announced today. A launch for the new center is planned for January 25, including a reading and program with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. The Library’s Center for the Book is a network of U.S. sites promoting an interest in reading and literacy. Brett Zongker (Library of Congress) reports:

The newest affiliate center will be housed at the University’s Rio Piedras Campus in San Juan. It will be based in the Library Sciences and Informatics Library, with an online presence to highlight Puerto Rican books and authors.

A launch event for the new center is planned for Jan. 25, featuring a reading and program with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Smith has been visiting several states across the nation to engage Americans in conversations about poetry.

The Puerto Rican Center will celebrate books and work to develop literacy skills, cultivate lifetime reading habits among young people and stimulate research into the history and culture of books and Puerto Rican literary heritage. The Center will also seek to enhance the role of libraries and information professionals to promote a culture of reading, writing, creativity and innovation.

“The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Puerto Rico Center for the Book into our family of affiliated centers,” said John Van Oudenaren, director of the Library’s Center for the Book. “We look forward to co-sponsoring events and other activities with our new center as they promote the rich literary heritage of Puerto Rico.”

Preliminary activities include guided walking tours of literary sites in Old San Juan, mini book fairs showcasing Puerto Rican books, writers and publishers, and other special events.

“The Graduate School of Information Sciences and the Library Science and Informatics Library at the University of Puerto Rico are highly honored to have the Puerto Rico Center for the Book included as the 53rd affiliate of the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book,” said Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, the Puerto Rico Center’s project director. “Efforts will be geared to develop a wide range of events, such as authors colloquia, workshops, reading festivals and contests to explore the making and writing of books. A makerspace is being developed at the site as well as in the virtual space to stimulate creativity and innovation in reading and writing.” [. . .]

Press Contact: Brett Zongker (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Luisa Vigo-Cepeda, University of Puerto Rico (787) 612-9343 elcentroparaellibro.pr@upr.edu
Website: Library of Congress Center for the Book

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] For full press release and information on the poet, see https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-140/university-of-puerto-rico-to-establish-first-puerto-rico-center-for-the-book-as-53rd-affiliate-of-library-of-congress/2018-11-28

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