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Croatian-American Albert Anthony(center), Zadar mayor Branko Dukic (left) Croatian-American Albert Anthony(center), Zadar mayor Branko Dukic (left) Novi Radio Zadar

A Visit to American Corner at Zadar City Library: New Building Welcomes First Guests

Written by  Albert Anthony Bozulic Nov 22, 2023

As the City of Zadar on Croatia's Dalmatian coast gets ready to celebrate its Day of the City (Dan Grada) this week, it is also opening the door to the new Youth Center (Centar za Mlade) which will also house the expanded American Corner of the City Library. As reported by local media Novi Radio Zadar, the project began in 2018.

Local Croatian-American business author & columnist who writes under pen name Albert Anthony visited the opening and wrote in to our channel to give us his perspective:

"I can appreciate the immense interest here in American culture, history, literary and music collections, in the country of my Croatian ancestors," Albert Anthony remarks. "Zadar is becoming more of an international city, cosmopolitan, yet still preserving a lot of its own authentic regional culture and history at the same time."

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Photo source: author personal collection

In attendance were city officials like Zadar's mayor dr. Branko Dukic, a few members of the US Embassy in Zagreb, city officials, library staff, and many other guests.

"The new building addition to the city library, where the American corner has been relocated along with the new Center for Youth, is in my opinion an architectural gem as it combines great lighting with an open-air feel to the space, along with an outdoor courtyard," the author continues. "This type of space should inspire creativity but also be welcoming to all who visit."

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New youth center - Photo source: author personal collection


Albert Anthony got to test out the American collection firsthand.

"Amidst the American flags present, it did not take long to find a book from Mark Twain but also a collection of classic country music records," he says. "It is symbolic that this space should open the week that Zadar celebrates its own day of the city, considering how many Croatians from this region have some family ties to North America, directly or indirectly, particularly during the great waves of immigration during the industrial era of the 20th century."

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About the contributor: The author was born Albert Anthony Bozulic in the Croatian diaspora in the NYC area originally. He has previously served on the digital committee of the National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) and before that on the executive committee of the Croatian New Yorker Club. He writes as a markets analyst for a global financial portal, but also is an occasional contributor to regional English-language media like The Dubrovnik Times and Total Croatia News. You can contact him via Twitter @AlbertAnthonyCo

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