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January - March 2009     VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1
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Tavares Library Features Caribbean Programs

The City of Tavares Public Library looks forward to a new year of exciting programs. In January, our Friends of the Library will sponsor Road Scholar Paul Dosal on Sunday, the 18th at 3pm. Mr. Dosal is a professor of History and Director of ENLACE FLORIDA at the University of South Florida. He is also a third generation descendant of Cuban immigrants who settled in Ybor City in 1889. His presentation will begin with the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1513 and of other Caribbean political and economic forces that have bound the Caribbean to Florida for 500 years.

On the evening of Thursday, January 29th, at 7 pm, the library will host the BonTempo Band, which will play a variety of dance music from the 40s and 50s, including country and swing tunes. This popular band will play for two hours of dancing.

On Sunday, February 8th at 3 pm, participants will learn to dance the bachata, a dance from the Dominican Republic. Teachers from the Dancin II Dance Studio will lead the dancing. This is our fourth program of our Partnership Grant with the Florida Humanities. Scholar Harry Coverston will introduce the program with a history of the dance and its relation to the culture of the Dominican Republic.

An Edwardian tea will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3 pm, after a presentation of the life and loves of Edna St. Vincent Millay, an icon of the 1920’s jazz babies and the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Laurie Nienhaus, founder of The Ladies Tea Guild, will present Miss Millay’s life while wearing vintage clothing, and also designs vintage inspired handbags. Tickets for the event will be available at the library in February.