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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 @



Subject: Curiosity

We are trying something different this month. Here are the instructions if you would like to prepare ahead of time:

Attendees, bring three or four questions of your own that you would like to ask the group or individuals (Something like: Why did you decide to learn ASL? Or have you learned other forms of manual communication? Or something else you are curious about). We can take turns individually asking our question or questions and the individual will then pass on to another as we usually do. Each participant will ask one question then pass to the next. If everyone brings 3-4 questions, we should be able to get through a few rounds. And of course all of this will be done in ASL. :)