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Donation of Slovenian books
Cleveland Slovenian Museum and Archives
May 14, 2010

In a simple ceremony at the Slovenian Museum and Archives (SMA) the Rotary Club of Maribor Park, Slovenia donated over six thousand books in Slovenian!

The Rotary donated the books in an act of friendship and in an effort to promote the Slovenian language in the Cleveland area. There are more Slovenians in Cleveland than any other place in the world, with the exception of Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.



Slovenian Consul Jure émauc and Bishop Pevec

Cleveland Public Library will house many of the books as they add to the collection of 4,000 Slovenian books they have on hand.

Senator George Voinovich was on hand to accept the gift and Councilman Mike Polensek was there with a proclamation from the City of Cleveland.


Borut Ambrozic President Rotary Maribor Park, Slovenia with Slovenian Consul Jure émauc

Borut Ambrozic, President Rotary Maribor Park, Slovenia
with Slovenian Consul Jure émauc


Senator George Voinovich

Senator George Voinovich




Linda Silakoski, VP of Programming of the Slovenian Museum and Archives and Cleveland Public Library Director Felton Thomas, discuss the donation of thousands of Slovenian books to the library.


Ivana Yuko shows one of the Slovenian books

Ivana Yuko shows a catalog of the books


Luka Zibelnik, Visiting Lecturer at Cleveland State University

Luka Zibelnik, Visiting Lecturer at Cleveland State University


Vlad Russ

Vlad Russ


Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek
(Linda Silakoski in background)


Janet Voinovich and George Brown

Janet Voinovich and George Brown




Igor Klancnik from the Maribor Park, Slovenia Rotary Club discussed the Open Book project and Barbara Martinic-Zibelnik translates from Slovenian to English.


George Voinovich and Borut Ambrozic

George Voinovich and Borut Ambrozic


Dean Greg Sadlek CSU, August Pust and Anthony Hiti

Dean Greg Sadlek CSU, August Pust and Anthony Hiti


Igor Klancnik and Barbara Martinic-Zibelnik

Igor Klancnik and Barbara Martinic-Zibelnik


Bishop Pevec

Bishop Pevec




Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek


Bob Hopkins and Tony Ovsenik

Bob Hopkins and Tony Ovsenik


Boris and Rozvita Pfeifer and Tim Pogachar

Boris and Rozvita Pfeifer and Tim Pogachar


Felton Thomas Jr. Director of the Cleveland Public Library

Felton Thomas Jr. Director of the Cleveland Public Library


Senator George Voinovich

Senator George Voinovich


Senator George Voinovich

Diane Downing with Senator George Voinovich signing Cleveland International Hall of Fame commemorative book


Gloria Pust and Bishop Pevec

Gloria Pust and Bishop Pevec


Janet and George Voinovich with Rozvita Pfeifer

Janet and George Voinovich with Rozvita Pfeifer


Slovenian Consul Jure émauc  and Johanna Bajc

Consul Jure émauc and Johanna Bajc


Bob Hopkins, Mike Polensek and Ray Marvar

Bob Hopkins, Mike Polensek and Ray Marvar


George Voinovich group

Mike Polensek, Borut Ambrozic, Igor Klancnik, Bob Hopkins, and Senator George Voinovich


Slavica Rampih, Borut Ambrozic, George Voinovich, Jure émauc, Bishop Pevec, Mike Polensek, Igor Klancnik and Felton Thomas Jr. - Slovenian dignitaries group

Slavica Rampih, Borut Ambrozic, George Voinovich, Jure émauc, Bishop Pevec, Mike Polensek, Igor Klancnik and Felton Thomas Jr.


George Voinovich and Slovenian group

Viktoria Skok, Jurecek Zmauc, Janet and George Voinovich,
Janja Zmauc and Igor Klancnik


George Voinovich and Slovenian group

Ray Marvar, George and Janet Voinovich,
Bob Hopkins, Jurcek Zmauc




Senator George Voinovich


Slovenian woman speaker Linda Silakoski

Linda Silakoski


Boxes of Slovenian books

Boxes of Slovenian books


Slovenian books

Slovenian children's books




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