By , March 29, 2010

Alma Public Library is dedicated to supporting licensed and certified day-care providers in furthering reading and learning experiences for their children.  We are offering

  • Bulk Loan checkout of up to 50 items (books, puppets, puzzles, videos, magazines) for one month.
  • Help in selecting items for your required curriculums and themes.
  • Ability for you to order library items from the comfort of your home computer.
  • Over-the-phone renewal of most of your items if you are running late.

 This means you can make a Free Mini-Library in your daycare facility for the entire month.  You need only make one trip a month to the library to checkout items, return items and check out again.  We work closely with all our early development teachers and providers to make Bulk Loan Checkout an easy and workable service for you.

 What should you do? 

  • Simply call us for more information.
  • Come in and sign up for a BULK LOAN card, or…
  • Have us change your regular library card for a BULK LOAN card.

Class Projects

Alma Pub Lib will cooperate with teachers in class project assignments.  With at least one week notice, Alma Pub Lib will make an effort to secure materials needed by students to complete their class projects.  (Example:  projects on countries, careers, conservation, science, biology, government, etc.)  If teachers will give the library a target date for these projects, we will make an effort to pull the books and materials and display them for the students to select.  Teachers should advise the library of popular subjects so that these materials can’t  be checked out during this time, allowing as many students as possible to study in the library.

Student Volunteers

We accept student volunteers for the summer beginning at 7th grade level.  We are in great need of high school students with data entry/computer skills to work in the library during the school year and would like to cooperate with the school systems in giving work-study credit.

Language Center

Do you speak Chinese?  No?  Now you may have a chance to learn at the library!  While many world citizens speak several languages, the United States commonly trails behind with only English.

This library collection was inspired by a quote from Ludwig Wittgenstein:  “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”  With our young people graduating and going out into the world, it made sense to help arm them with tools to meet and appreciate other cultures.  And, as retirees find time to visit other lands, they too need sufficient language skills to feel comfortable in the country of their travels.  No sooner had the idea formed to open a language center, than patrons began asking weekly for one language or another.  Some Buffalo county residents are experiencing travel to China for their companies and are requesting instruction in that language.

The Kreutz Private Foundation granted the library $3,000 in 2006 to start the collection which has taken since June to evaluate, purchase and prepare for checkout.  The Kreutz Foundation has been a faithful partner in funding special projects for the library since 2002.

The Alma Public Library is now happy to announce the Ethel Mae Kreutz Language Learning Center still goes strong.  There are 11 languages to choose from.  The Romance languages include German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.  We have Norwegian and Russian.  Perhaps you will want to learn Farsi, the Persian language spoken throughout the Middle East.  Oriental Languages include Chinese and Japanese.  Or you might try your hand at Native American Lakota.  We even have sign language, especially for children.

The more popular languages begin at toddler level, early elementary, junior high and high school level and can be checked out in Cassette, CD, DVD and read-a-long format.

We are so happy to add four Rosetta Stone interactive languages:  Spanish Levels 1, 2 & 3; French Levels 1 & 2;  Chinese Levels 1 & 2; and Farsi Levels 1 & 2.  You will be thrilled with how quickly you can pick up the language with only a 30 – 45 min session.

These wonderful interactive languages are on CDROM with the ability to match pronunciation through use of a headset and microphone.  There is one computer at the library dedicated to languages at all times, and the other public computers will read the CDs or DVDs also.

What has been the most requested language so far?   Why Chinese, of course!  The children are fascinated by it.  The library has added dictionaries, phrase books and travel guides for some of the countries’ languages. 

What is Slangman? 

Just the most fun you will every have with fairy tales.  These stories have an accompanying CD which helps you read the story while replacing some new foreign words.  By the end of the fairytale, you and your child will both have learned some French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese or Japanese.  Such a great introductions to a new language.

The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM at 312 North Main Street.  For further information call us at (608) 685-3823.  We will be happy to serve you.

© 2010 Marie Marquardt, Alma Public Library



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