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Newark Public Library Celebrates Italian Culture Month
Press Release October 17, 2001

Who: Dr. Mauro Lorenzini, Vice-Consul of Italy, Newark
          Dr. Alex Boyd, Director, The Newark Public Library 
What: Book collection by Italian authors, such as Maraini, Merini & others
Where: The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark 
When: Friday, October 26, 2001, at 3:00pm

In celebration of Italian Cultural and Heritage Month, Dr. Mauro Lorenzini, the Vice Consul of Italy in Newark, will donate a book collection to The Newark Public Library on Friday, October 26th, at 3:00p.m. Dr. Lorenzini will present Dr. Alex Boyd, Director of the Library, a selection by contemporary Italian authors, such as Dacia Maraini and Alda Merini (both nominees of the 2001 Nobel Prize for the Literature), Camilleri, Starnone, Pontiggia, Veronesi, and others. 

Public libraries play a very special role in promoting America’s multicultural society. This donation by the Vice consul of Italy is in recognition of the Italian contribution to American culture and to provide additional resource material on heritage and history of Italian-Americans. After the ceremony, specialty desserts "made in Italy" and café espresso will be served. 

"The Newark Public Library has a proud tradition of providing cultural programming and services for the diverse communities in Newark--and throughout New Jersey," said Dr. Boyd. "This generous book donation is a fine addition to our collections."

"We chose Newark because of the significance of the city’s Italian heritage," said Dr. Lorenzini. Newark, which presents a rich ethnic variety, was the first home for countless Italian immigrants and the site of New Jersey’s Little Italy. From the First Ward until the urban renewal of the 1950s, Newark’s Italian-American neighborhood was fifth in size nationwide, exceeded only by major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston.

"In addition, we would like to spotlight the rich assortment of Italian authors already in the Library: Eco, Calvino, Palazzeschi, Fogazzaro and many others which you can find in Italian, English but also in French, Spanish, Russian and Polish translations," Dr. Lorenzini added. 

The Newark Public Library is a neoclassical building that hosts the State’s largest collections of books and other materials, ranging from quick reference to advance research, also accessible via mail or the Internet. What should be moreover emphasized, it is the proud home of a valuable print collection of more than 35,000 original pieces that the library lends for national and international exhibits. 

"We are working with the Vice Consul to expand this program to other libraries in Northern New Jersey," said Daniela Puglielli, President of Accent Public Relations, sponsor and coordinator of the event. Accent PR will continue to work with Italian dignitaries and companies to further the knowledge and appreciation of Italian history, art, food and culture and their influence on American lifestyle.

 

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