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You can!, with Mango Languages. Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for 22 languages as well as 13 ESL courses. Offerings include, but are not limited to: Spanish, Vietnamese, German, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish to English, Vietnamese to English, etc.
By listening to and repeating material designed from native conversations, you’ll learn individual words and phrases and know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations. You’ll not only learn grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you’ll learn how to communicate. Using a microphone or other audio input allows you to have your own pronunciation charted and compared to that of a native speaker.
Mango is a new product available to you in the Do Research Online portion of our website. It may also be found in the For Students and For Adults sections of our in-house menu. We encourage you to Create A Profile by providing an e-mail address and creating a password so that you can keep track of your learning progress. When you first sign-up Mango will send you a confirmation e-mail to which you will need to respond to establish your account. And remember to check your Junk Mail folder if that e-mail doesn’t quickly appear in your e-mail Inbox.
Are you currently taking a foreign language course in school? If so, Mango may be a ticket to a better grade.
Are you planning a vacation to a foreign land? If so, before you go – Mango!
Short on time? With just a few minutes you can sneak a little literature into your day with the fourteen-line poems offered by Garrison Keillor in 77 Love Sonnets. The topics range wider than the title suggests. And the writings seem to be written off the cuff, not heavily edited, expressing Keillor’s momentary thoughts and takes on places and events. In “Obama” he conveys his experience as one of the crowd on inauguration day. In “October” he revels in the security and joys that fiscal security allow. Among these pages you will discover sonnets that explore each of The Four Loves: affection, friendship, eros, and charity.
In “Long Career,” Keillor states that “The secret of a long career is simply to not fade….” This prolific author appears to be taking his own advice by publishing this collection the same year as novels Life Among The Lutherans, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and A Christmas Blizzard.
I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs By Teens Famous & Obscure is a collection of writings gathered by Smith Magazine editors Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith from over 800 teens who share autobiographical truths about themselves – in just six words. These lines, more succinct than haiku, provide insightful glimmers into their day-to-day thoughts and realities.
Late For School Every Single Day
I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today.
My mom had my boyfriend deported.
Willing to share with us your six-word reality? Use the comment section below.
Some say the holiday we celebrate traces its roots back to the 16th Century British holiday of Mothering Day, the annual custom of visiting one’s mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day.
In the United States Mother’s Day was first observed in 1907 when Anna Jarvis asked her Philadelphia church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mother’s death. Jarvis and friends undertook a letter writing campaign in 1909 lobbying for the creation of a national Mother’s Day. In 1914 Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in other world countries. For example, Spain and Germany honor mothers on the first Sunday in May. In Ireland and the United Kingdom it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Hollywood’s big night is coming – The Academy Awards. Oscar’s red carpet will be unrolled on Sunday, February 24th. See the lists of nominees at www.oscar.com.
To learn more about the history of movie making take a look at the 791.43 area within the Library. Here are some titles that might spark your interest:
Movies That Changed Us by Nick Clooney (Yep, that’s George Clooney’s dad.) 791.43 Clo
100 Years of Hollywood by Time-Life Books 791.42 One
The Golden Age of “B” Movies by Doug McClelland 791.43 McC
Use the library’s drive-up window! Our Fairmount Street Library location offers a drive-up window that is available the same hours that the Fairmount Library is open. You can use this window to pick up available holds and also to pay fines. If a staff person is not immediately visible, simply press the marked button and a staff person will be with you in a few moments.