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Hugo Chavez Library in Washington DC opens its doors to the public PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 December 2015 16:14

On July 31, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States opened the first library in the US capital named after Hugo Chavez, to remind the public of the avid reader and teacher who was the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution. The library is open to the public, by appointment, Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Up to 25 individual appointments can be made by writing to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .There is also access to researchers who want to know more about the life and work of Hugo Chavez, likewise, by appointment. The visit will be held in the company of specialized personnel of the embassy. Admission is free.

About the library

This new library, which is located on the premises of the Venezuelan Embassy in the US capital (1099 30th St. NW, Washington DC) has a special selection of works, including Chavez's favorite books, materials he referred to during his television appearances, other documents about the Bolivarian process and selected works published during the last 16 years of Bolivarian Government.

The library also has a selection of photos donated by the National Library of Venezuela, which portray different aspects of Chavez as a reader, the different occasions in which he invited the public to read, as well as his encounters with various intellectuals and leaders to whom he gave books. Among these photographs is one of President Chavez giving the book "Open Veins of Latin America" by Eduardo Galeano to the US President Barack Obama at the Summit of the Americas in April 2009. There are also photographs of President Chavez with Uruguayan writers Eduardo Galeano and Mario Benedetti, as well as U.S. author Greg Grandin.

The library also has a mural by Creative Commando, a group of young Venezuela artists who come together in 2008 and contribute to the construction of a world that transform relations of inequality through graphic expression, spreading popular communication campaigns with a new aesthetic of socialism.

The mural recalls President Chavez during a speech at the UN. The technique for its creation was called "participatory muralism", which involved the participation not only of members of the Creative Command, but friends of Venezuela as well as diplomatic and local Embassy staff.

 On its opening day, the Charge d'Affaires of the diplomatic mission in Washington DC, Maximilien Sánchez Arvelaiz, recalled President Chavez's love of reading, "the President had a very deep relationship with books, he liked history, sociology and novels. He was a romantic who loved literature. I remember traveling with him and his suitcases full of books. His passion for reading was always an inspiration to all.... This is not just a space for reading but also for events, talks, lectures, films, anything that makes you feel that this is also your home."

 

 


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