New U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Linda Taglialatela visited Dominica on March 2 to present her credentials to the President of Dominica, Charles Savarin. During her visit to the Nature Isle, the Ambassador participated in official meetings with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and other high-ranking officials.
While there, Ambassador Taglialatela also took the opportunity to tour the American Corner, which is located in the Dominica Public Library. The American Corners program is a United States Department of State-sponsored initiative inaugurated worldwide more than 10 years ago. American Corners serve as regional resource centers for information and programs highlighting American culture, history, current events, and government. American Corners are operated as partnerships, with the U.S. Government providing equipment and materials while host institutions provide staffing and the free use of space.
The Ambassador kicked off her visit by reading a wildlife-themed book to children, ages 6-12, who were gathered at the Embassy as part of the American Corner’s regular after-school reading program. After talking with the children, the Ambassador toured the Corner and viewed its collections.
After the tour, Ambassador Taglialatela met with American Corner coordinator Davina Jones and EducationUSA advisor Renita Charles. They discussed the damage Tropical Strom Erika had caused at the library and on the American Corner and EducationUSA advising center. They also discussed past public diplomacy programs and educational outreach initiatives conducted at the American Corner.