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Reference USA Database includes U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles Search Elements

Reference USA Database includes U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles

Reference USA database on the library’s website has a formidable substitute to the phone book called U.S. Standard White Pages - FREE to TCCL card holders from home or office! 

Tell me about your holidays

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Pretend that you are a visitor to your learner's home country, and that you know nothing about it. Have the months of the year written on a piece of paper, and ask your learner to go through the year and tell about the holidays of each month. You could even break this up and do a different season over four sessions. Talk about the name of the holiday, what it celebrates/commemorates, how people celebrate, what they eat, etc; he or she can even quiz you at the end.

Tulsa Bridges the Latino Children's Book Gap

Latino Children's Books

A quarter of all school children in America are Latino, but children's books are primarily written by whites and the characters are mostly white, reports National Public Radio.

Why is that bad? Latino children need to see people in their books that look like them. It will help them connect with books, and time spent reading is the most important factor in school success. White children, too, will benefit from seeing a world in books as diverse as the world they live in.

Sincerely Yours by Rebecca Howard

I like irony.  Irony is funny.  I’m a fan of David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and The Onion.  I enjoy darkly humorous books, and I’m not opposed to reading novels in which the main character is a terrible human being.  Still, I recognize that there’s a self-protective safety involved in remaining on the outside, looking in and (often) laughing at something.  There’s a certain amount of vulnerability required to express deep emotion about a person or a principle or idea—a vulnerability that is necessary for both the author and reader. 

The Mine fellowship applications open

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A new social entrepreneurship program, The Mine, is now accepting applications for fellows. The program is a partnership between the OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, the George Kaiser Family Foundation and The Forge (TYPros' business development center). All of The Mine programming will be hosted at The Forge office.

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