Are you stuck in Tsukuba and looking for a good book to read or video to watch during the holidays? The book exchange at the Christian Center is loaded with hundreds of novels and other books free for the taking. These have been donated over the years by people when they leave Tsukuba and have good books they don't want to take along. In fact, there have been so many donated that there wasn't room for them all, and so already about 150 kg. worth of books have been sent to a seaman's recreation center in Hokkaido that was in desperate need of them. There are still hundreds on the shelves, and you are welcome to come and pick out any you would like. There is no check out system, and you are free to either keep the book or return it along with any others you don't want to keep. When there are more than we've got room for, we will again ship a box up to the seaman's ministry.
There is also a list of videos that are available for lending out. These are family oriented videos including Disney, "Focus On The Family" releases, and a variety of inspirational stories. There are also a few of the recent blockbusters such as Jurasic Park (even a copy in Spanish), Mrs. Doubtfire and Forrest Gump.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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