The InfoUSA Slovakia program is an initiative sponsored by the United States Embassy in Bratislava.
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Opening of InfoUSA (American corner) in Košice

Mar 25, 2004, Košice

On Thursday, March 25 at 11:15 a.m., U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Ronald Weiser, Ministry of Culture State Secretary Jozsef Kvarda and Director of the State Scientific Library, Ján Gašpar opened the first "InfoUSA" Center in Slovakia at the State Scientific Library, Hlavná 10, in Košice.

InfoUSA is the result of cooperation between the State Scientific Library and the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava. The mission of the center is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Slovakia by providing information about the U.S. and serving as a focal point for American cultural programs.

The U.S. Embassy provided a core collection of information materials on topics including American studies, English teaching, culture and arts, politics, law, and business, as well as technical equipment for the center, the value of which exceeds SK 920,000. The State Scientific Library is providing space as well as a dedicated librarian fluent in both English and Slovak to assist visitors in using the center's resources. U.S. Steel Košice generously paid for the renovation of the library space and for furniture.

Košice was selected for the first "InfoUSA" center because of its position as Slovakia's second largest city and because it is the gateway city for Eastern Slovakia, a region with deep and longstanding ties to the U.S. through the history of industrious and talented Slovak immigrants who went to America to build new lives. This connection is reflected today in the presence of U.S. Steel.

InfoUSA will be open to the public Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Access to InfoUSA-Košice for library patrons will be free of charge and open to all.

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