March 29 – Meeting with the participants of the Fulbright Program

On March 29 there was a meeting with two scholars, Ukrainian and American, who are the part of Fulbright Academic Exchange Program. The audience consisted of students and specialists (12). The guest from America, Stephen North, presented his experience of life and work in Ukraine. He said that after his descriptions of our country, his colleges in U.S. begin to name Ukraine without particle “the”, because Americans named our country “the Ukraine”, meaning a part of another country. Another guest from Ukraine, Maya Repchenko, said that being a Fulbrighter for her is a great honour, and she gained that possibility by hard work and persistence. Those participants who were interested in this program had the possibility to ask questions and received informative and vivid answers.


English-speaking Club - Women's rights

 Iryna Kushnir let the conversation about women’s rights. 14 participants were involved (7 students, 3 pupils, 2 specialists, 1 PC volunteer, 1 librarian). After getting acquainted, they watched a video about women’s rights in the USA.

Amanda Norton, Peace Corps volunteer, had a few minutes speech on the topic. After that was a group work concerning two opposite points of view: men and women must be equal – men must be superior to women. One of the participants, a pupil of the 10th form Yaroslav Palamar, said: “Without women men will not feel, that they are strong”.


March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the Irish. He was born about 389 A.D. in Northern Wales, which at that time may have been part of England or Scotland.
Saint Patrick had an adventurous life. He was captured by pirates at the age of 16. The Irish pirates brought him to Ireland to tend the flocks of a chieftain in Ulster. Six years of slavery made him a devoted Christian. He escaped to France and became a monk. In 432, a vision led him to return to Ireland as a missionary bishop. He brought Christianity to Ireland and taught there for 29 years. He used the shamrock, a 3 leaf clover, (Ireland's national flower) to explain the Blessed Trinity. St. Patrick founded 365 churches, baptized over 120,000 people and consecrated 450 bishops.
Many tales sprung up about this popular saint. One of the most popular legends was how he charmed all the snakes of Ireland down to the seashore to be drowned by the water. The only certain writings of St. Patrick's are his Confessions and a letter written to a man named Coroticus (See Tripartite Life of St. Patrick by Stokes and Lives by Todd, Healy, Bury and Lusack.). His Confessions are written in crude Latin.

According to some Irish writings, St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D. The anniversary of his death is celebrated as St. Patrick's Day. It's interesting to note that the shamrock clover flowers around that time of year.
The first official celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the United States occurred in Morristown, New Jersey in 1780. It was authorized by George Washington. Today St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Irish as well as many Americans with parades, parties, wearing of green, Irish songs and jigs. People wear green on this day to represent the lushness of Ireland - The Emerald Isle.


English-speaking Club - Notable American Women

This week the meeting was held in the frames of Women’s History Month in the U.S. and the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The speaker of the club, Kateryna Olender, prepared interesting information about extraordinary accomplishments of American women, who were shaping the course of American history.

The stronger part of humanity, our participants – boys, took lead in the discussion. 
Our guest-speaker Amanda Norton was amazed on how Ukrainians are getting to know about the U.S. history. Amanda was really thankful to Kateryna for revealing the stories about a number of notable women in American history.
The participants interacted in creating a scheme of a prosperous women in the nowadays society. Here the weaker part of humanity, our girls, took lead.
All the participants thanked each other for informative and creative class with applauds and ended the meeting, holding hand in hand and wishing something special to one another.
The number of participants – 12 (students – 6, pupils – 2, volunteers – 2, journalist – 1, librarian – 1). Next meeting will continue the women theme and we will talk about women’s rights. See you!


Library is a WiFi zone

Readers of the library, those who've got a readers ticket of the library, are free to use their laptops in the reading room of the "Window on America" center, being connected to the internet by means of wireless internet connectivity. 
WiFi is provided by the Democracy Grants Program of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.


English-speaking Club goes on

English-speaking Club is opened now.
The first meeting was dedicated to the education in the USA. The discussion was held around the presentation of the speaker of the club – Iryna Kushnir, a student of Ternopil national pedagogical university. The girl has spent a year in Ball State University, thanks to the IREX organisation and its program UGRAD. A guest speaker, the Peace Corps volunteer Amanda Norton, interacted with Iryna and all other participants throughout the meeting.
Everyone felt free to introduce themselves, while rolling the ball and making a thread net over the round table.
During Iryna’s presentation there arroused a number of questions and answers. After this some group work gave the opportunity to each participant to talk about positives and negatives of American and Ukrainian education. There was a represenrtative of the country Finland – volunteer Katherina, who works in Ternopil School #5. So we got to know some facts about education in Finland.
An announcement - days of education abroad in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk on March 4-6th - was made through the web-site, which was of great interest among the participants. At the end of the meeting Iryna proposed everyone to write on a sheet of paper their feelings after spending an hour in a library, taking part in the club, and was pleasantly surprised that every minute seemed to be exciting and no one felt bored.

The number of participants - 23 (students - 15, pupils - 4, teachers-volunteers - 3, pensioner (teacher) - 1). Next time we are going to talk about notable women in American history in the frames of a Women’s History Month in the USA.


Virtual Library access

Since October, 5, 2010 access is available for the Virtual Library databases to the users of our Information Resource Center "Window on America". The project is supported by the Democracy Grants Program of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
These resources cover topics ranging from current events and business news to science and the arts. The Virtual Library offers the following databases:
General Resources
· Academic Search Premier
· ebrary
· Encyclopedia Britannica
· Gale Directory Library
· Gale Virtual Reference Library
Current Events
· CQ Global Researcher
· CQ Researcher Online
· Global Issues in Context
· Oxford Analytica
Business News and Information
· Business Source Premier
· Regional Business News
Arts and Culture
· Literary Resource Center
· Pop Culture Universe
Science and Technology
· Gale Science in Context
· Library, Information Science & Technology
Abstracts and Full Text
Non-English Language Resources
· Fuente Academica
Resources for Kids
· Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids
· Grzimek's Animals Online
Educational Resources
· English Language Learner