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Mobile Library Project Inaugurated in the City of Mercedes

The U.S. Embassy donates books and videos

Posted: April 20, 2005 Related item: Ambassador Silverstein welcomed in Soriano by Governor Lapaz  

U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein visited the Binational Center (BNC) Alianza in Mercedes on April 14, accompanied by Soriano's governor (intendente) Gustavo Lapaz and an Embassy delegation that included the Deputy Chief of Mission James Williard, Consul Stephen Barneby, Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez, and Management Officer David Savastuk.

The city of Mercedes is located in the Department (State) of Soriano in western Uruguay. The city has a population of over 40,000. The BNC Alianza of Mercedes was inaugurated in 1996 and has over 100 students. Directors Susana Selios and Maria Teresa Marsicano and their teachers are busy promoting American culture through extracurricular courses and various cultural events. During his visit to the center, Ambassador Silverstein inaugurated the Mobile Library Project, a joint effort by the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and the BNC Alianza.

In the inauguration, Ambassador Silverstein presented 175 books and videos donated by the Embassy to the mobile library. Mobile libraries are common in the United States, thus the U.S. Embassy and the BNC are adding another cultural element to the centers.

During the visit, Ambassador Silverstein presented the director of the BNC Susana Selios with a coffee table edition of a book about the United States and an American flag that had previously flown over the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo.

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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and Governor Gustavo Lapaz are received by students and parents, BNC directors Susana Selios and Maria Teresa Marsicano, and other teaching staff. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein and governor Lapaz are received by students and parents, BNC directors Susana Selios and Maria Teresa Marsicano, and other teaching staff.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and BNC director Susana Selios addressing the students. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein and BNC director Susana Selios addressing the students.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein presenting a picture book about the United States to BNC director Susana Selios. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi] U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein presenting an American flag previously flown over the U.S. Embassy Montevideo to BNC director Susana Selios. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein presenting a picture book and U.S. flag to BNC director Susana Selios.
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BNC director Susana Selios and U.S. Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez with some of the books donated to the mobile library. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
BNC director Susana Selios and Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez with some of the books donated to the mobile library.
U.S. Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez showing some of the books donated to the Mobile Library Project in Mercedes. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Public Diplomacy Officer Linda Gonzalez with part of the donated library.
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Children gather around U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein upon leaving the BNC in Mercedes. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Children gather around Ambassador Silverstein upon leaving the BNC.
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U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein signs autographs for kids gathering outside the BNC in Mercedes. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Ambassador Silverstein signing autographs.
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