September at the El Cajon Library

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Ahoy, East County families,

Ahoy, East County families,

The summer is over, kids are back in class or studying for homeschool again, and let’s hope the weather will turn milder. It’s always cool in the library. We are offering wonderful resources for homework, pleasure reading, hobbies and all kinds of pursuits. For example, did you know you could learn one of more than 70 languages, free, with our interactive online language resource, Mango? All you need is your library card and a PIN, and off you go! Click on the eLibrary link at the top of our home page (www.sdcl.org) and then on the Language Learning link. Kokeile! That means ‘try it’ in Finnish.

What about those times when homework is due tomorrow, and the library is closed? With Internet access, your card and a PIN, you can conduct research in our authoritative and easy-to-search databases. Go to that same link, eLibrary, at the top of the home page, click on Homework Help, and check out this very practical resource.

What’s going on for youth and families in September:

Understanding Your Child’s Behavior, Mondays at 6 p.m.

This ongoing series features small-group learning and developmental assessments, and options for one-on-one family coaching.

Little Listeners’ Story Time, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Stories and songs for babies and toddlers 3 and under.

Teen Anime Club, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Friendly atmosphere, nice people, ages 12-18.

Books & Boogie Story Time, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Music, stories and a simple craft for ages 3-5.

Preschool Play is Back! Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Stories and songs for ages 5 and under. Children learn through play. Meet new friends and have fun while developing early learning skills. A responsible adult must be present and participate.

Baby Story Time, Fridays at 10 a.m.

Stories, music and play for the small folks, ages 0-18 months.

Summer’s over, but the heat is still with us. We hope you had a great summer, whatever you did. We were hopping with all kinds of summer reading programs, but the kids are back in school, and we’re ready to move into the autumn with renewed vigor. It’s a good time for different projects, fresh starts, and new pursuits. For example, did you know you could learn one of more than 70 languages, free, with our interactive online language resource, Mango? All you need is Internet access, your library card and a PIN, and off you go! Click on the eLibrary link at the top of our home page (www.sdcl.org) and then on the Language Learning link. If you’re contemplating a new career, select eLibrary, click on Research & Online Learning, and then try out the Careers & Education feature. You can practice all kinds of tests, research companies, and use JobScout to learn the Internet skills you need to find a new job. You can do all of this from home, but of course we’d love to see you in the branch too…

We still have some spaces left in our Career Online High School program — earn a diploma online, free, with eight possible career tracks. Go to www.sdcl.org/cohs to find out more. You must be 19 or older.

Here’s a sampling of our adult programs in September:

Veterans’ Drop-in Services, Monday, Sept. 13 and 27, 9:30 – 1 p.m.

Information and assistance with appeals, benefits, homelessness and VA medical care. 

Legal Research Assistance, Monday, Sept. 19, 10-2 p.m.

Through a partnership with the San Diego Law Library, a law librarian will help you use the legal databases and conduct research.

Child Support Services, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1 – 6 p.m.

Assistance with questions, applications, orders and stipulations.

Morning Friends, Monday and Thursday, 10 – noon.

For adults with special needs, and their caregivers: a space to hang out, meet new friends and enjoy fun, creative activities.

Backgammon Club, Tuesday and Thursday, 4 – 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 – 3 p.m.

Improve your game or just spend an enjoyable couple of hours playing; all ages and skill levels welcome.

Citizenship Class, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Receive help filling out the application, and practice for the exam and interview.

Remember we are closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.

See you in Sept.!

Hildie

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