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Learn a foreign language, online


From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is pleased to announce that starting in 2013, it will offer free for all library patrons, Pronunciator, the online language-learning system.  With 60 of the world’s most popular languages, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.

   Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language, covering vocabulary, verbs, simple sentences and conversation.  One level, specifically for tourists and business travelers, teaches 1,500 essential phrases covering everyday situations.  Each course also has up to 350 hours of audio lessons, which patrons can download to a portable device, or burn to CD.  Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of the entire community.

“We are delighted to be adding Pronunciator to the premium resources we offer our patrons,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  “There are many reasons a person learns a language – for work, travel, school or simply personal enrichment – and Pronunciator has something for everyone.”

The Pronunciator online language-learning system was donated by Robert Savage in memory of Davis resident James Steichel, and will be available January 2013 through June 2014.

Residents are encouraged to stop by any branch of the Yolo County Library for an introduction to Pronunciator, or to access the program online at www.yolocountylibrary.org.  For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530) 757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

West Sacramento’s library branch is at 1212 Merkley Avenue.

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Fun science for kids, at library


Kids in grades K-6 are invited to an interactive, fun science program at 2 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 19, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

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Practice tests for college-bound seniors


All Yolo County college-bound teens are invited to a couple of free workshops hosted at the Davis branch library, 315 14th Street in Davis. Practice for the SAT and ACT tests on Sat., Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (follow-up on Jan. 22) by taking a practice test, then come back to learn your score and some score-raising strategies. Sign up at the Information Desk or by phone (530) 757-5598 by Jan. 2.

Teens wanting more information on college financial aid are invited to a workshop at the library from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 13. Registration not required.

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Gingerbread house workshop today


Youths in grades 6-12 are invited to an afternoon of gingerbread house design beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at the local library, 1212 Merkley Ave. Free.

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‘Little Free Library’ in Southport

JULIE GOLDMAN, with her daughter Esther next to the gardens at the Main Drain Parkway. And no, that’s not a birdhouse. The mini-library sits along the Main Drain Parkway, which has been taken over by community 'geurilla gardeners' who share the planting as well as the harvest. (News-Ledger photo)


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Those creative folks living next to the Main Drain Parkway in Southport have come up with something new to the city.

They’ve installed a “little free library” about as big as a good-size birdhouse.

“My husband heard about the idea on NPR, and he came home and told me about it. I was super-excited,” said Julie Goldman, who lives near the Venice Street garden site that’s now home to the library. She and her daughter Esther, age 2 ½, met a reporter there on Monday.

  Goldman helped get the little lending library built. One helper was a nearby neighbor, Chris Peek, who teaches wood shop at a Woodland school.

“We told him, ‘if you build it, we’ll decorate it,’” said Goldman. He did, and they did. They used cheap and recycled materials: total cost, about $20. The bookshelf now holds about two dozen books.

“Most of them are from me,” said Goldman. “I talked to the West Sacramento library, and they also put aside a few gardening books for us. I’ve been putting a whole bunch of kids’ books in there.”

Anyone can take a book. They’re encouraged to take a book to read, and leave another.

“Basically, it’s ‘take a book and then return any book.’ Ideally, I’d like people to return a different book. Sometimes I’ll come here and there will be new books here, and I don’t know where they come from,” said Goldman.

Any problems with the “honor system” since the library opened in August?

“They said, ‘oh, the teenagers are going to steal it,’” recalled Goldman. “But so far, so good.”

The library is mounted child-height in the middle of the community’s “guerilla garden” – an informal spot where neighbors grow produce along the Main Drain Canal, and share in both the work and the harvest.

Are there plans to build more “little free libraries” in other neighborhoods around West Sacramento?
“It would be so fun to have West Sacramento become known for all its little libraries,” answered Goldman. “Sometimes I’ll see kids in the neighborhood and they’ll say, ‘Oh, I got a book from here!”

As she spoke to a reporter, up walked a woman and child who walked from a nearby street. They were carrying a book to lend to the library.

There’s more information on the “Little Free Library” concept at www.LittleFreeLibrary.org.

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Cheap books& movies this weekend


The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will host a book sale on Sat., Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10-3 at the Arthur F. Turner Library Branch, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

The sale will start with hardbacks for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, children’s books for 10 to 25 cents, and VHS movies, audio books and special-priced books. On Sunday, items will go for $2 per bagful.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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Homework help sessions in West Sac


Kids in grades 3-8 can get help with their homework at the “Homework Center” of the local library at 1212 Merkley Avenue. The center is open 3-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pre-registration is required. Call 375-6469 or visit the library to register.

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