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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 @


January Discussion Topic: COVID Silver Lining

Prepare to answer the following questions in ASL!

  1. Have you taken up any hobbies or done anything new since COVID?
  2. Are you pursuing any old hobbies?
  3. Have you written to any friends or family  since Covid?
  4. What is your favorite TV show or movie during Covid?
  5. What is the best book you have read during this time?
  6. What is something new or different you’ve tried since Covid?
  7. Have you cooked or eaten anything new?
  8. Do you order online? What is the most recent thing you have ordered?
  9. This Covid time can be stressful, What do you do to relax?
  10. Have you taken up anything to help you keep your body in shape?