U.S. Ambassador Ken Gross today took part in the re-opening ceremony of the Dushanbe American Corner at the new National Library. The National Library director and staff, local government officials, NGO leaders, university rectors, teachers, and students participated in the event.
The original American Corner Dushanbe opened its doors in 2005 and was located in the Academy of Science. During the ceremony, Ambassador Gross explained, “As the number of visitors to the American Corner grew and our programs became more successful, a larger space was needed. We were delighted when the Government of Tajikistan agreed to house our American Corner in the beautiful new National Library.”
The U.S. Embassy now supports American Corners in Dushanbe, Kulob, Qurghonteppa, Khorugh, Khujand, and Gharm. Each American Corner provides free Internet access for educational purposes, free English language materials, presentations about U.S. Government programs, educational advising, and hosts many clubs. The American Corners are one of the many ways the American people support Tajikistan’s youth.
American Corner Dushanbe is now located on the 4th floor of the National Library. Library cards are required to enter the National Library. Cards valid for three years permitting access to the entire library, including the American Corner, may be purchased in the library lobby for 10 Somoni.