Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library Celebrates Cuban Culture
Six-week look at Caribbean nation includes exhibition, author, and films
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December 29, 2011
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The Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, will dedicate six weeks to a celebration of Cuban culture with an exhibition, family story time, book discussion, author talk, and film screening.

"We invite everyone to celebrate Cuban culture by attending these free programs at the library. Jamaica Plain is home to many Cuban-Americans, and we are happy to provide an opportunity for them and the general public to honor the heritage of this Caribbean island,” said Amy Manson, librarian at the branch.

Cuban Moments: 50 Years after the Revolution is an exhibition of photographs by Jamaica Plain artist Kerri Schmidt from her travels to Cuba. The photos will be on display January 3 – 31, whenever the branch is open. The photographer will attend a reception at the branch on Monday, January 9, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Other events include:

  • A Family Story Time in English & Spanish on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m., will feature stories from Cuba and the Caribbean.
  • The adult book discussion group will read and review Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire on Monday, January 23, at 7 p.m.
  • Author-photographer Cathryn Griffith will discuss her book, Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage, which juxtaposes vintage postcards of Havana’s historic buildings with photographs of what they look like today, on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. This event includes a 20-minute film and book signing.
  • A screening of the film, ¡Salud!, will conclude the series on Monday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m. This film spans three continents to look at the health care system which has made Cubans among the world’s healthiest people, despite their island’s poverty.

The Connolly Branch is open Monday from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is 617-522-1960. Download the “Celebrate Cuban Culture” flyer (PDF) from the Boston Public Library website.

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