• Foreign Languages: The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library now features Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software. Online lessons are offered in Spanish (Latin America and Spain), French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, and English. The Rosetta Stone Software teaches languages through the Dynamic Immersion method, which reinforces reading, speaking and writing skills within each of the seven languages available as part of the public library edition of Rosetta Stone. Patrons can access the software on any of the public computers in the library or through the library’s Web site: www.toledolibrary.org.
Each language offers about 90 hours of instruction contained in a constructed sequence of 33 lessons. Lesson topics include: time, dates, weather, numbers, currency, shopping, food and hotels, modes of transportation, practical questions and answers, and social interactions.
For more details, please call 419.259.5207.
• New parent series: The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is offering a new New Parent Series 2007, starting with “Infant Massage.” All classes will be held in the Children’s Library Program Room on the second floor of Main Library, 325 Michigan St.
Infant Massage starts on Saturday, September 8 – 11 a.m. This 90-minute class features Toledo Hospital nurse Margie Smith who will teach infant massage techniques for baby, ages 3 weeks to crawling. Instructors reveal that infant massage strengthens bonding, relieves a baby’s discomfort and promotes mental, spiritual and physical development. Parents are asked to bring a blanket and pillow for baby. Registration is required and begins August 25. For more details and registration for all New Parent Series 2007 classes, call 419.259.5231
• Outreach Services being relocated: The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s Outreach Services will temporarily close for business on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, to begin relocation to its new site at 1301 N. Reynolds Rd. The department’s former building along Southard Avenue was sold.
Outreach Services provides the Book Hauler and Bookmobile, a Library on wheels, and one of the oldest bookmobile services in the country (dating back to the early 1930s). Bookmobile stops include public housing sites, nursing homes, senior housing complexes, and shopping centers.
All Bookmobile, homebound, and pre-school deliveries will be stopped during the month of September while Outreach Services completes its move. Normal delivery is scheduled to resume with scheduled routes in October. For more details, contact Outreach Services at 419.259.5315