Every February the Friends of the Brookline Library donate the proceeds from the book sales at all three libraries to our Sister City library in Quezalguaque, Nicaragua. Over the years these funds help to finance the purchase of new books and equipment for the library. They also provide money to help defray the cost of the mobile library which makes it possible for librarians to visit the remote rural areas in the municipality. Each of the libraries in Brookline has an area where you can purchase books, DVDs, books on CD, music CDs, and magazines. Items are available whenever the library is open.
Thank you Brookline and to all those who helped make Brookline Sister City Week a great success!
It seems like a distant memory now but it is only 6 weeks since we hosted 5 guests from Quezalguaque for the 29th Anniversary Celebration of the Brookline Quezalguaque Sister City Project.
Our five visitors from Quezalguaque – four English teachers and the Director of Health, all returned home safely. Unlike the 16 hour trip to the U.S. due to a 3 hour wait to pass through Customs/Immigration in Miami coupled with a 30 minute interview leading them to miss the plane to Boston from Miami, the trip home went smoothly and in less than half the time.
Dr. Milagro Baldelomar and the four visiting teachers showed themselves to be wonderful ambassadors for Quezalguaque and truly curious about Brookline, Massachusetts and the U.S.
The full week for our guests from Quezalguaque included:
The visitors actively participated in a Celebración de Brookline e Hispanoamerican Poetry that kicked off the week and those of us fortunate enough to be in attendance not only heard from Brookline’s current and former Poet Laureates but also learned about and heard poetry by Rubén Dario.
Two of the visiting teachers (Robert Garcia and Eddy Calderon) performed Nicaragua Nicaraguita, a beautiful love song to Nicaragua and its people. Click here to see video.
All this would not have been possible without the significant support and time of many volunteers. The Sister City Project has no paid staff and receives no government funding.
Our thanks to the eight restaurants: Athan’s Bakery, El Centro, La Bottega di Capri, The Fireplace, La Morra, La Voile, Rifrullo Cafe & Vine Ripe Grill that participated in the Sister City “A Taste of Brookline,” to the 84 individual and organizational sponsors, to the five host families, to Margery Eagan of WGBH, Governor Michael Dukakis and Stephen Kinzer for their participation and to many others that made this first ever visit of Quezalguaque teachers and the newly appointed health director in Quezalguaque such a success.
Chobee Hoy, Chair-2016 Celebration Committee
Richard Segan, President-Board of Directors
Brookline Quezalguaque Sister City Project