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Program Type: Bilingual, Meeting, Social, Workshop

Coos Bay Public Library, in partnership with with American Sign Language instructor, Kandy Bergquist, will co-host ASL Practice Place every third Thursday of the month on Zoom!

Bergquist has been studying ASL 30 years. She worked as an interpreter in school systems including special needs children, in programs for special needs adults, and privately with adults. Additionally, she worked with the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) as an interpreter, classroom aid, and Speech Pathologist. Bergquist received specialized training in graduate school for working with the D/HH population and currently teaches ASL and Signed English at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Program is for those who wish to practice their ASL conversational skills and help other learners in a friendly setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign in ASL as a group for one hour in a casual, informal environment. This is NOT a class, but we will provide ideas for conversational topics. Beginners are welcome. Let’s sign!

                This program is FREE and open to anyone who wishes to sharpen their ASL conversational skills. Register for this virtual program @


February Discussion Topic: FRIENDS

Prepare to answer the following questions in ASL!

1. Tell us about a friend that lives furthest away from you?
2. Tell us about the friend you have had for the longest time?
3. What is an activity you like to do with a special friend?
4. What is something kind that a friend has done for you?
5. Have you ever gone on a trip with a friend? Where to?
6. What qualities do you appreciate about one of your closest friends?
7. Have you had contact with your closest friends during Covid?
8. Do you still see/contact friends that you had in school(elem.,High, college)?
9. What activities do you spend time doing with your friends?
10. Have you made new friends during Covid?