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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 31 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 @


ASLPP Questions for November 2022 (Practice ahead or just show up to discuss the following)Topic: Holidays & Holiday Foods

1. Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?2. What is the main dish for your Thanksgiving meal? (ham, turkey, goose...)3. What is your favorite Holiday side dish? (not dessert)4. What are the desserts most often at your holiday celebrations?5. Does your family celebrate an end of the year holiday? What is it? (Kwanzaa, Imbolc, Christmas, Hanukkah...)6. What meal do you have for your end of the year celebration?7. What is your favorite holiday dessert?8. What is your favorite dish for holidays? (that you make or your family makes)9. What is your favorite holiday and why?10. What is your least favorite holiday and why?