McKinleyville man welcomes South African to town

A McKinleyville man is hosting a teacher from South Africa as part of the American Field Service Program.

mckmattersboxJohn Palmquist of McKinleyville, a local AFS volunteer, is hosting August (Augie) Filander, a recently retired middle school teacher from Mandalay, a suburb of Cape Town located in the southwest corner of South Africa. It is his first visit to the US and he spent five days visiting local schools and meeting local AFS volunteers.

He is part of a 5-person team of South Africans developing a handbook for South African families who will host American high school exchange students in their country. This effort is called the HOW project-RSA and was created as a result of 911 to increase understanding between the US and primarily Muslim countries.

John Palmquist, left,  aand August (Augie) Filande.

John Palmquist, left, aand August (Augie) Filande.

John Palmquist of McKinleyville is Augie’s counterpart for the USA and his Humboldt County host. His team of five Americans visited South Africa last fall and is creating a handbook to assist US families who will host students from South Africa.  The two teams will meet in San Diego next week to finish the project.

The purpose of these Host Orientation Handbooks is to help exchange students and their host families understand cultural differences and smooth the transition during their exchange visit.  These Handbooks are sponsored and funded by the U.S. State Department.

McK Book sale

Friends of the McKinleyville Library have assembled an eclectic collection of books for its Second Saturday used book sale this month.

“Conflict through the ages” is featured at the sale on March 9, with recently donated books about Medieval times in Europe and Japanese Samurai warriors as well as a large selection of modern day military history and fiction, and political thrillers. There might even be some books about fighting off dragons and alien creatures!

The Friends also have hundreds of general fiction, mystery, crafts, biography, art and music, cooking, romance, and children’s books.  The prices are low, with most books in the general selection just 50 cents to $1. Our $2/bag sidewalk selection is always popular.  The books are donated and the workers are volunteers.

All proceeds support the McKinleyville Library.  Good condition books for donation may be brought to the site for review. Due to space and other considerations, not all books can be accepted.  Look for our BOOK SALE signs and visit our store near the Totem Pole in the McKinleyville Shopping Center on Saturday, March 9, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.