24 грудня 2012 р.


 On December 2012 American Library hold Youth Council meeting.

Five members of YC visited the USA in November 2012. They were eager to share their experience. Serhiy Molchanov told that he studied interacting between civil society, business and government in American communities. He liked it a lot and planed to start the same in our country.

Then participants worked in small groups. They talked about the best and the worth emotions at their lives.

Afterward young people made some plans for activities in 2013.

Wish them good luck and success!

19 грудня 2012 р.

Christmas is a holiday shared and celebrated by many religions. It is a day that has an effect on the entire world. To many people, it is a favorite time of the year involving gift giving, parties and feasting. Christmas is a holiday that unifies almost all of professing Christendom.

The spirit of Christmas causes people to decorate their homes and churches, cut down trees and bring them into their homes, decking them with silver and gold.

In the light of that tree, families make merry and give gifts one to another.   American Library staff prepared book display of Christmass reading to enjoy long winter nights.

11 грудня 2012 р.


On December 11 Peg Walther, Information Resource Officer based in Warsaw and Valentyna Pashkova, Information Resource Center Director, U.S. Embassy visited American Library at Kyiv Mohyla academy. AL staff was glad to meet colleagues, tell about various library programs and also to get advices on planning and reporting.

1 грудня 2012 р.

American Independence Film Festival in Kyiv

US Ambassador John Tefft opened the event which is dedicated to exploring the "indie" idea in film with a six day festival November 27 -- December 2, 2012 in Kyiv.

You may watch the opening ceremony at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AubeqozLxYg&list=UUlJNzh9PUPBlpgrjFxGt1-Q&index=1&feature=plcp
This year the festival is proud to host a slate of top notch documentaries.  Robert Weide will present his new film Woody Allen: a Documentary.  Visiting producer and director team Sheena Joyce and Don Argott will screen their documentary on Atomic Energy, Atomic States of America and offer a workshop for young filmmakers. Visiting producer Brian Schulz will also provide workshops during the festival, including a private educational screening of his documentary about the making of chess champions in Brooklyn public schools Brooklyn Castle.
Below: During afterfilm discussion with Brian Schulz about problems of public schools in USA and Ukraine.

21 листопада 2012 р.

FIlm Showings for Kids at American Library

“Wednesday Youth Movie Club”  with Jim Busse continues its work. Today 4th graders watche silent comedy about young salesman. The audience of 25 kids enjoyed movie so much. After film they asked a lot of questions. One school girl thought than Jim produces that film himself. Children and their teacher was eager to stay longer but it was time to go. The want to come back and to participate showings at American Library.

11 листопада 2012 р.

... are you game?

The fifth annual National Gaming Day (NGD) was hold on Saturday, November 11, 2012. National Gaming Day is an initiative of the American Library Association to connect communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

Many libraries sponsor gaming programs. It’s a fun way to bring whole communities together. Why would we want to stop doing that?

8 листопада 2012 р.

The U.S. Embassy’s Youth Council Meeting

On November 7th American Library held the Youth Council meeting.

The U.S. Embassy’s Youth Council consists of over 30 English-speaking Ukrainians, ages 18-30, from a wide variety of backgrounds, all of whom have shown an interest in working toward bettering their communities. The council includes students from several universities, young lawyers, parliamentary interns, NGO activists, members of foreign affairs interest groups such as the Youth Diplomatic Initiative, and U.S. government exchange program alumni.
Douglas Morrow, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer started the discussion. He divided participants into small groups. Every group had answer very important questions. What issues are important to young Ukrainians? How do young Ukrainians get information, news, media? Where do young Ukrainians see Ukraine in 20 years? How can the U.S. do a better job of engaging young Ukrainians?

Everyone worked hard and all attendants enjoyed the meeting.

1 листопада 2012 р.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is observed every November in the United States. Learn about the history of American Indian Heritage Month, read biographies of famous American Indians, try our quizzes and crosswords, find stats and facts about tribes and reservations, and more.
American Library staff prepared the book display dedicated to this ivent.

31 жовтня 2012 р.

eLibraryUSA Presentation

On October 31 Oksana Sharyi
reference librarian of American Library gave presentation about Online Resource eLibraryUSA available at the library.

eLibraryUSA gives members of Information Resource Centers, American Corners, and other American Spaces around the world access to information that Americans find at their public libraries. There are 34 databases that cover all subjects and answer almost all questions. Business, agriculture, literatur, life sciences. natural sciences - come and get what you need for your research. There is a lot of databases for children and young adults as well. Additional content includes videos,interactive games and quizzes, hands-on science experiments and lesson plans.

Election 2012 Book Display

The 2012 United States presidential election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will officially elect the president and the vice president of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen.

American Library staff prepared the book display dedicated to upcoming elections.

24 жовтня 2012 р.

Open Acces Week 2012

A global event now entering its sixth year, Open Access Week (October 22 to 28) is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA). It is great to share ideas with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, research organizations, non-profits, businesses, and others use as a valuable platform to launch expanded open-access publication funds, institution-wide open-access policies, and new reports on the societal and economic benefits of OA.
The presentation "Open access to scientific information in Ukraine and around the world: why we need it" took place at American Library in Kyiv. Tetiana Yaroshenko, PhD, University Librarian of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Аcademy and Olena Himos, Head of e-resources section told the audience of 19 persons about open access resources in the electronic library collection of national University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and about eKMAIR - electronic archive of the university.

17 жовтня 2012 р.

Wednesday Film Showings

On October 17 American Library hosted 25 5th graders. They watched action comedy Bandits.
Most devouted friend of our library Jim Busse
offered after film discussion in English.

11 жовтня 2012 р.

American Law as Portrayed in Films

On October 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm historic drama The Conspirator (2010) has been shown and discussed.

John C. Engstrom Resident Legal Advisor of US Embassy presented the film and led the discussion.

This movie is about the struggle between justice and country. The emotional conflicts are very deep and strong. It's a fantastic drama that keeps you at the edge of your seat, mixed in with historic details. The cast is riveting, with breathtakingly well-done small and large parts. Viewers enjoyed it and it got them thinking. One of the American Library patrons admitted that there was the real subtlety here -- art and history brought together.

19 patrons enjoyed great acting and amazing directing by Robert Redford.

Mostly students of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and Taras Shevchenko University, 6 employees and one lecturer.

3 жовтня 2012 р.

Banned Books Week 2012

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.

Every year since 1982 the last week of September is BBW.
Banned Books Week was started in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.
We hope to remind people that the ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely is a right, not a privilege. It’s important to recognize that book banning does exist in this day and age.

American Library in Kyiv invites its patrons to borrow some items from Banned Books Display. It's interesting to discover why The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Gone with the Wind are banned.

27 вересня 2012 р.

Important visit

Ms.Bay Fang, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs visited American Library on September 27 2012.

5 вересня 2012 р.

Library Tour

On September 4th the groop of students from Kyiv State Academy of Water Transport  named after Konashevych-Sahaidachnyi visited American Library. Oksana Sharyy, reference librarian gave them library tour and told about all resources of the library. The visitors especially were interested in film showings and
e-resources. We hope to have them back some day.

22 серпня 2012 р.

Library Tour

Margaret Law, Associate University Librarian (International Relations)  from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada visited American Librray at Kyiv Mohyla Academy on August 22, 2012.

1 серпня 2012 р.

American Library Schedule for August 2012

Today is the first day of the last summer month. It isn't too late to check out some good book and dive into reading. This time we prepared American Adventure Month, Don't Have Time to Read? Try Some Short Story and Sabre-Svitlo Foundation's Donation to the American Library. Feel free to come and borrow!

26 липня 2012 р.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush, and later amended with changes effective January 1, 2009.
The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.
Scott Donahue's "Big People" sculptures were dedicated in 2009. The two 30-foot high stainless steel, fiberglass, bronze and concrete structures cap the ends of the pedestrian and bicycle bridge that crosses over Interstate 80 next to the Berkeley Marina. This is Berkeley's largest public art installation. The sculptures are visible from a mile away in both directions.

5 липня 2012 р.

Shaping the Way We Teach English

American Library invites it's patrons to participate webinar by the Office of English Language Programs for teachers "Shaping the Way We Teach English".

July 11, Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Webinar 1
Teaching with Jazz Chants
Presenter Shirley Thompson

July 25, Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Webinar 2
Unreveling the Mystery of Academic Writing
Presenter Dr. Kelli Odhuu and Heather Benucci

Come and join us to improve your English writing and speaking skills!

2 липня 2012 р.

It's Summertime!

American Library staff prepared several book displays for July. Trere are Beach Reading, Good Story Inspires Good Film, and Family Reading.
Sommer has come and everyone is looking for some activities outdoor but don't forget to come and chek out some good book for you and your family.

8 червня 2012 р.

The English Access Microscholarship Program (

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 14–18 year-olds from disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive summer sessions. Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and gain the ability to compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs.

*Enable bright non-elite youth from underserved communities to gain proficiency in the English language and develop other communication skills.
*Promote better understanding of U.S. culture and society.
*Encourage appreciation of civic values through community service activities.
*Help students better prepare for educational and career opportunities that enable them to contribute to their societies’ development.

Since its inception in 2004, approximately 70,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program.

6 червня 2012 р.

Dear American Library users!

From June 6 till August 31 library is working on summer schedule:

Monday - Friday 12 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, Samday - days off.

June 11 - July 2 library is closed for the time of Euro 2012 events in Kyiv
Book loan period will be prolongued automatically
We apologise for unconvenience

A training for researchers from National University «Kiev Polytechnic Institute» was held in American Library at NaUKMA on the 31th of May. Participants from KPI, comprising students and teachers of applied mathematics and other faculties received a comprehensive training on use of electronic resources, available at the American Library – both available through "Window on America" Centers' network and through University local network. The training was held by Olena Himos, Head of NaUKMA Electronic Resources Department.