S.D. library supports counterpart in Cuba.
The Public Library Board of Trustees in Vermilion, S.D., voted in November to start sending books to Havana's Dulce Maria Loynaz Library.
That library is one of around 250 "independent libraries" founded since 1998. In March 2003, it was raided, along with many others. Hector Palacios, the husband of library director Gisela Palacios, was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Most of the library's books were confiscated and many were ultimately burned.
"Cuba's independent librarians have been targeted for repression because of their principled challenge to censorship," said Jon Flanagin, president of the Vermillion library trustees. "We felt we had a moral obligation to offer our support."
Details: Mark Wetmore, Vermilion, SD. Tel: (605) 624-3748. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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