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Almost Time for English Clubs August 22, 2012

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I hope you have had a great summer.  It was certainly hot, so it was a good summer for swimming and eating watermelon.  Now it is time to get your school supplies and get ready to go back to school.

With school starting, it is time for the English Clubs here at the library to start again.  These English Clubs will be on Sundays, and the first day will be September 9th.  There will be three clubs for beginning, intermediate and advanced English speakers.  The club is not another English lesson like you have in school.  Instead, it is a place where you can practicing speaking English and have some fun, too.   You can also learn about America, from me and from some of my Peace Corps friends.

If you would like to improve your English or just have some fun, come and see us at the Library on Sundays, starting on September 9th.  I look forward to seeing all of the children who have been coming to the Library during the summer and to seeing new faces as well.

Enjoy the last days of summer, get a good start at school, and visit us at the Library.


Library Olympics and a Sing Along August 7, 2012

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On Friday,  August 1, 2012, we did activities that helped us learn vocabulary related to sports.  The Summer Olympics are happening now in London, England.  Many of the children are watching the different sports on television.  So we talked about the sports that we all like to do.  These included football, volleyball, dance, martial arts, rollerblading, swimming, and skiing.  Then we played a game where we identified the equipment that you need to do different sports.  Everyone had fun and learned some new words in English.

We also had some special guests.  Darrell Francis and Lindsey DiLoretto are Peace Corps Volunteers who live in villages near Kherson.  They made a special trip to the library to meet the children and do some activities with us.  Darrell has been here before and it was the first visit for Lindsey.  Darrell brought his special travel guitar.  This guitar looks different from most guitars because it is small and light so you can take it with you on a train or a plane.

Darrell and Lindsey have just returned from working at a camp at the Black Sea. While they were there, they taught the children at the camp some songs that children sing in America.  So we learned some of these songs, too.  Lindsey taught us the words and then we sang along while Darrell played his guitar.  We learned “You are My Sunshine” which is the official song of the State of Louisiana.  It is very popular in America and everyone knows this song.  We also learned “This Little Light of Mine” and another favorite with American children, “Old McDonald had a Farm”.

We had a very nice morning, and we hope that Lindsey and Darrell will come back to visit us again soon.