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New American Corner Opens in Almaty

Ambassador Fairfax and young Kazakh musicians at the entrance to the Zhambyl Youth library (U.S. Embassy Astana photo)

Ambassador Fairfax and young Kazakh musicians at the entrance to the Zhambyl Youth library

U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kenneth Fairfax and Deputy Head of the Department of Culture of Almaty City Yerbolat Auezov officially opened a new American Corner at the Zhambyl Youth Library in Almaty on February 17.  Greeted warmly by young girls in colorful traditional Kazakh dresses, the Ambassador and other guests enjoyed the kuys of Kazakh composers, which were performed by young musicians.

“The American Corner is just a collection of books and computer until people come and use them, then it will become a place of conversation, culture and understanding,” said Ambassador Fairfax during his remarks at the opening ceremony.  After the speeches, Ambassador and Mr. Auezov cut a ribbon at the door of the American Corner to officially open it.  Afterwards, event guests were invited to explore the American Corner, which serves as a venue for a variety of events and activities, including English-language movie and discussion clubs, master classes, exhibitions, TOEFL preparation classes and even a games club.

Its many multimedia materials, books, and periodicals are fully-accessible to the public, and the American Corner also provides free internet access to the public through dedicated computer terminals and via wi-fi.  Several American Fulbright scholars working in Almaty work together with the library staff coordinate the activities of the American Corner.  A full calendar of events is available here. The American Corner is located at 43 Furmanova Street in downtown Almaty.

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