31 May, 2014

Library and Museum go together

Today’s іn the first part of the session of the Gabfest club (at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine), our club members visited the local Historical Museum. We decided to carry out today’s meeting in this format in honor of the long lasting friendship between the library and the museum. Valentina Kovalenko invited us to her lecture in English. It was a good opportunity to broaden our outlook and learn the new words. 

To our surprise, we found out that in the museum, there is an interesting item referring to the past of both the Ukraine of 1920 and the USA. It is a nicely looking cash-machine of American production (almost in perfect condition), used in Ukraine during the NEP period.
On returning back from the excursion, we discussed what we had seen in the museum. Also in the second part of the session, the club president, Vlad V., carried out a quiz activity concerned to the USA and other English-speaking countries. The audience showed the interest and the desire to participate. Then, the quiz provoked a conversation, which was lively and enjoyable.

But the work of the club did not limit its activities with this. The third session is reasonable to be singled out. In it, some of the honorable club members decided to organize a spontaneous discussion on US travelling experience. Vividly supported by the librarian, Svetlana Usenko, the talk lasted until around 17.30 p.m. “It is really good when people can share the own experience and really know what they are talking about. Not just picture watching experience”, said A. Myrgorodskaya. 
Number of participants – 16 persons.

 

30 May, 2014

«Library – an extra learning opportunity» - 7, 8

WOA’s series of library events for school children in May consisted of 9 events for school children of various ages – from primary school to high school.

Today’s meetings at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine ware dedicated to the topic “The 180th anniversary of the DOUNB Library”. Window on America center invited a group of schoolchildren from local school no. 23 and no. 22 (with focus on the English language study).
A slide show about the history of the DOUNB library explained the role of the ethnic foreigners (Herzenwitz , Ullmann , Reimer )  in the development of the Library in the 19th century. Interesting historical facts and rare old books from the library funds were presented to the group.
Svitlana U. showed the children an animated cartoon about the rules of conduct in the library. The cartoon explained how to select and borrow books from the library; how to return the books in time and to keep them in good condition.  The children enjoyed the American cartoons about the library.
 The group enriched their English vocabulary with new words for the topic “Library. Books. Reading.”
The lecture was funny, informative and educational.

Number of participants – 57 persons.


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29 May, 2014

Theosophy society

Within the framework of the «Discover USA» project Window on America center (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) center Dnipropetrovsk was visited by a local theosophy society .The society members study the basics of the theosophy and discuss the eternal problems: good and evil, truth and lies, human characters and emotions, wrath control etc.
Number of participants – 9.

28 May, 2014

An Affair to Remember

«Wednesday Movie Club» / «Кіноклуб по середах» –
On May, 28 the Dinropetrovsk «Wednesday Movie Club» in Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine offered screening of the classical movie An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning starring.
Contributing to the success of the 1957 film is its theme song, "An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair)", composed by Harry Warren and with lyrics by Leo McCarey and Harold Adamson, which has since become a jazz standard.


Plot: A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?
Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Delmer Daves (screenplay), Leo McCarey (screenplay).
Number of participants – 12.

«Library – an extra learning opportunity» - 6

Today, NMetAU students and their teacher Aleksandra Myrgorodskaya visited our center for presentation “The 180th anniversary of the DOUNB Library”. From their words, this experience is useful.  The information they heard enlarges the outlook and contributes to the development of the professional skills (city guiding, for example). 
After the presentation, the students were shown the new books and facilities useful for the professional field (English teaching for young learners, entering foreign institution of higher education, opportunities for TOEFL examination passing). Among the most useful means the following items were recognized: “Activate: Games for learning American English” and “English: Living Language, complete edition”.
Number of participants – 6.



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24 May, 2014

More new facts about the USA

The session of the Gabfest club.
Vlad’s V. first experience as a moderator is a hit with the audience. Well prepared materials “Boston is an amusing city” by Vlad give information about some interesting fact of the city life. Photos accompanying it are also nice.
Then Oleg S. proposes the Youtube video Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. It gives the way to the discussion about the importance of the right life choice.
As usual, more new facts about the USA and the people who live there!
The session was enjoyable both for the regular members.



22 May, 2014

The Donations and Donators, Book display

“The Donations and Donators” display reminded the group about our American and Ukrainian friends who gave their books to the library.
 


21 May, 2014

Milk

«Wednesday Movie Club» –
Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine offered screening of the romantic comedy film Milk (2008) with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch starring.
Plot: The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Dustin Lance Black
Number of participants – 13.


Library – an extra learning opportunity - 3

«Library – an extra learning opportunity» - library events for school children.
Today’s meeting at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine was dedicated to the topic “The 180th anniversary of the DOUNB Library”. The Library is the headquarters of the Window on America center.


The WOA staff member Tamara G. prepared a slide show about the history of the DOUNB library. The focus of the presentation was on the foreigners’ role in the development of the Library in its early stages. 
Svitlana U. showed a presentation, this slide-show urged the group to remember and present in English the historical facts about Katerinoslav/Dnipropetrovsk and its history.
The group was impressed by the information about the library’s rare collection of the old books in English. Some of the old books were printed in the USA. It was very interesting to examine the old English textbooks from the pre-revolutionary and Soviet period.

We also watched cartoons about the library.
Participants numbers – 15 persons.


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20 May, 2014

Library – an extra learning opportunity - 2

«Library – an extra learning opportunity» - library events for school children.
Today’s meeting at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine was dedicated to the topic “The 180th anniversary of the DOUNB Library”. The Library is the headquarters of the Window on America center.


The WOA staff member Tamara G. prepared a slide show about the history of the DOUNB library. The focus of the presentation was on the foreigners’ role in the development of the Library in its early stages. 
Svitlana U. showed a presentation, this slide-show urged the group to remember and present in English the historical facts about Katerinoslav/Dnipropetrovsk and its history.
The group was impressed by the information about the library’s rare collection of the old books in English. Some of the old books were printed in the USA. It was very interesting to examine the old English textbooks from the pre-revolutionary and Soviet period.

We also watched cartoons about the library.
Participants numbers – 22 persons.