Friday, December 2, 2022

The Season of Thanks and Giving

Castlewood Elementary Staff with scarves & hats
Throughout the year, participants in Russell County Public Library's crochet programs make hats, scarves, mittens, and headbands with donated yarn.

Each year they donate them to a local school. Children will lose their hats or scarves sometimes; some parents may not be able to replace the lost items. 

The crocheters--and knitters--make sure that none of the little ones do without a hat or scarf. They make sizes for the bigger kids and teens, too. This year's beneficiaries are Copper Creek and Castlewood schools. Pictured above are office staff with principal Adam Padgett from Castlewood Elementary.

The library's crocheters and knitters are grateful that they can practice this centuries-old craft to make useful items. Come February they will spend a Saturday teaching you how to do it, too.  

They are thankful they have the means and skill to create. They understand that it is better to give than to receive. It's the season for thanks and giving.

posted by Kelly McBride Delph


Monday, October 24, 2022

110+ Languages Are At Your Fingertips

Planning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school, but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? Maybe you're delving into genealogy for your immigrant ancestors? We’ve got you covered. Transparent Language Online Now Available FREE at Russell County Public Library.

We are excited to announce that we now offer Transparent Language Online free to all library card holders. Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 110+ languages, plus English (ESL) materials for native speakers of 30+ languages, the program has something for everyone:

·        Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.

·        Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.


·        General Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!


·        Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.