U.S. Embassy Port Moresby celebrates the 3rd anniversary of the opening of the American Corner at the Papua New Guinea National Library and Archives on September 23. This special occasion has been hailed all week with reading events, environmental films, a presentation by Kasek Galgal (a UPNG physics tutor and hip-hop performer), and a thank you breakfast for the staff of the National Library.
At the breakfast, U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray thanked the PNG National Library Director Kakaito Kasi and his team for the strong and unwavering support the American Corner has received. The Ambassador also applauded Director Kasi’s vision for the PNG National Library. She noted that the American Corner has become a “sanctuary for learning, exploring, thinking and listening”. She likened the American Corner to a laboratory for inquiry-based learning and that “learning starts with questions, problems or scenarios and forces us to broaden our thinking, not memorize facts. That is what makes societies strong and progressive.”
The American Corner exemplifies the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. In addition to the collection of books and periodicals, computers and internet access are available free of charge to the public. Research tools through eLibraryUSA, English language programming, educational advising, cultural programs, alumni activities and information about the United States are also available at the American Corner.
The American Corner is located inside the Papua New Guinea National Library and Archives in Waigani. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and all services are free of charge. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/amcornerpom and Facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby.