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“LAWRENCE OF CULEBRA IS THE STAR AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY”

Caribbean Key, Florida, United States
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“LAWRENCE OF CULEBRA IS THE STAR AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

The jaunty seagoing yachtie named Lawrence Birch (NOT of the John Birch Society) is the kind, unassuming star behind the success of the tiny Public Library on the wee Spanish Virgin Island of Culebra, a delightful U.S. Commonwealth island possession, just 17 miles east of the main island of Puerto Rico. Culebra's ferryboat service is so poorly maintained that the nearly unknown islet's minuscule tourism stream is floundering, but those mechanical woes do NOT affect the Public Library. Mighty Lawrence of Culebra will help you with all your library and Internet needs in the cool, tiny recesses of the air-conditioned library. On certain nights, you can be lucky enough to attend the library's all-too-real 28-seat Caribbean Cinema, showing excellent vintage films. This library is a real treat for sunbaked tourists enjoying Culebra's sparkling Zoni Beach and Flamenco Beach. Don't miss it! Donate a 10-spot to help the little library.

Visited November 2011
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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“A Special Place”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

The Culebra Community Library is a real oasis in the modern day world of corporate organizations and big business. This little library was created with love and community effort. The selection of books is first-rate, as people passing through and on island donate some of their good reads. Lori Novis has filled the children's room with wonderful kids' books through her grantwriting skill and effort. Claire Fallon, Culebra's very own yoga maestra, is in charge of the little movie theatre, and she selects films based on a theme each month. Seeing a movie in a theatre the size of a shoebox (it is housed in a donated trailer) is simply one of the 'most fun' things you can ever do. I loved watching a Pedro Almodavar classic with friends in this tiny, quirky 'movie house'.

This library has made such a difference in the life of Culebra, for residents and for those just passing through.

You will enjoy the friendly, bilingual staff, and meet other nice and interesting people, when you visit.. The porch (with free Wi-fi!) is a nifty hang out spot, and provides a bit of shade from the tropical sun. You can browse through the free books, or check out the books for loan in air conditioned comfort in the library itself.

Visited January 2012
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“The whole world at your fingertips”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

Culebra library is an amazing place where you can find books, get online, watch the latest movie in the cute little movie with red velvet chairs, saw your torn pants or sails on a miracle-working sewing machine, do yoga, see a theatrical performance, meet the book club members, attend a local dog welfare fundraising party, see and buy art of local artist, enjoy carpet stretch time with your kinds, find multi lingual books..I am sure I have forgotten something...Delightful place to visit and spend time at..It is what libraries are meant to be-the whole world..

Visited May 2012
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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“The Library is there for the Community”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

The Library offers free wifi, covered deck for public use, book exchange, and more.

Visited April 2012
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Block Island
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

Not enough has been said about Nadeen's involvement in this libraries success. Dottie and she have given so much time and love in this project. They have made it a comfortable space to meet and have invited many groups to use the grand porch created by Billy Thomas!!!!
A must see and visit with your family and friends while on Culebra

Visited February 2012
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