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Programs for Adults

Caffe Italiano

Through at Coolidge Corner Branch

In collaboration with the Education Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, we will be offering a series of Italian Conversation classes at the Coolidge Corner Branch Library. The groups are for adults who would like an opportunity to practice their Italian language skills in a casual, friendly setting, while enjoying a coffee. For intermediate level.

Fridays at noon through June 24, 2016 - No meetings April 15th and 19th. No registration required.

For more information, contact the Educational Office at the Italian Consulate: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Libraries Are For Everyone

Through at Putterham Branch Library

The Putterham branch of the Public Library of Brookline will be purchasing three iPads and an iPad mini, and investing in apps featuring assistive technology, support for disabilities and literacy development. These preloaded iPads will be available for standard 4 week patron circulation. Patrons who do not want to take the devices home will have the option of requesting them and using them in the library. In addition, we’re going to host several public presentations in the library, regarding various disabilities and the community supports available to people. We also plan, in conjunction with Easter Seals of Massachusetts, to offer several technology workshops to train patrons in the use of the devices and apps that we make available for circulation. The program will kick off in April, 2016, with the devices starting to circulate in mid April.

Our goals are threefold. To show disabled individuals and their families what the library has to offer, both as a community space and as a technology and information resource. To provide the public with access to more expensive apps which they may wish to test out before committing to purchase, or which they may be unable to afford. And lastly, to promote literacy and serve as a resource for patrons with learning differences and disabilities.

This program is generously funded by The Friends of the Brookline Library

Current confirmed speakers and dates:

Monday, April 4, 6:30pm - Jaimie Ballon of Easter Seals will be leading a workshop to introduce the public to the various apps and how they work at the Putterham Branch. There will be demonstrations of the apps on our new large screen TV and time for questions and answers. Library staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about the program. Sign up recommended but not required.

Monday April 25, 6pm - Actress and Author of "Jesse: A Mother's Story," (previously published as "Knowing Jesse: A mother's story of grief, grace, and everyday bliss") Marianne Leone will be talking about her experiences raising her son Jesse Cooper, an honor roll student who enjoyed swimming, traveling, and writing poetry. She will discuss the fight to get Jesse an appropriate education, and the difference that adaptive technology made in Jesse's life, allowing him to communicate and excel. Jesse was a bright, funny, typical kid who just happened to also be a non-verbal quadriplegic.

Apps that we plan to purchase for “Libraries Welcome Everyone” program. Suggestions welcome.

Autism: Conversation Builder/Teen, Proloquo2Go, Clicker Communicator, Speak for Yourself, Pictello, BitsBoard Pro, Toca apps 10 for, Video scheduler, 123 Token Me, Time Timer, First Then Visual Schedule HD, Dollars and Cents, Clicker Sentences, Clicker Docs, CoWriter, Prizmo, ClaroPDF, Word Wizard, Mental Case 2, Ghotit Real Writer, Letter School, DragonBox

Visual Impairments: BetterVision, LookTel Money Reader, Talking Scientific Calculator, TalkingClock

Learning Disabilities: Read2Go, Handwriting Without Tears, Inspiration/Kidspiration, AudioNote, Notability, Corkulous Pro, Keeble, iStudiez Pro, MathDrills, Phonological Processes, HideOut

Hearing Impairment: Sign Language Pro, Sign Language Dictionary, ASL Translator , MySmartHands