The Free Library was fortunate to recently receive a donation of books by Polish authors that were translated into English, along with books in Polish for both adults and children. The books were donated by the Polish Book Institute, a cultural institution established by the Polish Ministry of Culture to promote Polish literature worldwide. The donation was the first to a library in the United States through the Institute’s Polish Bookshelf initiative. The Polish Bookshelf began last year in Great Britain to establish cooperation with librarians and encourage them to enrich their collections with books by Polish writers, thereby gaining new audiences for Polish literature.
The books we received were selected by librarians from Parkway Central Library and in our Collection Development Department, and are a mix of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, and drama. Some titles are classics but many are new to the Free Library's catalog. Most of the books will be housed in the subject departments of Parkway Central Library, while some will go to neighborhood libraries, and all of the books in Polish will go to Richmond Library. Explore the following booklists for the newly acquired titles from this wonderful donation: