Jillian Rodriguez

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6 classics of Spanish literature to (literally) check out at your library.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Want to roam the Spanish countryside with Quixote? Break out of a prison tower in Poland? Search for true love with Fermina Daza? If you’re anything like us, your love for language and culture doesn’t stop at simply learning a new language. Your love affair with the world means that you seek out stories from all over the globe, and you see the library as a magical portal to some of the greatest literature in history.

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Integrating language training into corporate culture.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jul 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Can you say “I love my job” in over 70 languages? When you choose to integrate language training into your company culture, you and your employees will be well on your way. This past Wednesday, Mango’s own Business Development Manager Brian Rovito hosted a free webinar designed to deep-dive into exactly why language training is so important to corporate culture and best practices for bringing it to your company. We’ll give it to you straight — Brian is not your average Corporate Manager. Brian has called both Spain and Japan home, he speaks handfuls of languages from Spanish to Thai to Italian, and he’s the Mr. Miyagi of corporate language training. If you’ve got questions, he’s got answers.

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Meet the recipient of the 2016 Mango Languages / NMRT Professional Development Grant.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jun 23, 2016 1:48:06 PM

 “Anytime you get a group of like-minded individuals behind a cause, there’s an excitement to it. That’s what I love.” Those are the wise words of the recipient of the 2016 Mango Languages / NMRT Professional Development Grant, Denise Tabscott. In partnership with ALA’s New Member Round Table (NMRT), Mango wants to make sure that bright, committed new librarians have the opportunity to further their cause and their careers by attending ALA. The grant provides funding to assist with airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees, and ensures that awesome new librarians like Denise have the opportunity to shine bright at ALA. Let’s learn a little more about Denise and if you see her at ALAAC this week, strike up a conversation! With passion, purpose, and smarts to spare, you’ll be glad you did. 

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Transform your library at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jun 20, 2016 11:25:45 AM

The countdown is on! In just a few days, some of the greatest minds in the industry will be packing their bags and heading to ALA’s 2016 Annual Conference from June 23 - 28. Hailing from around the globe, ALAAC is a unique chance for librarians to get together and do what they do best: find new ways to transform their libraries so that their libraries can transform communities. What’s not to love about that?

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Friday the 13th & superstitions around the world.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   May 13, 2016 11:02:00 AM

If you’re anything like us, you cleared your calendar today. This year’s only Friday the 13th is finally here, and we’re ready for it. We believe that knowledge is power, and the best way to equip yourself against the spooky superstitions that keep us up at night is to educate yourself on Friday the 13th and other superstitions around the world. From avoiding contact with butterflies in Korea to Italy’s unlucky Friday the 17th, there are plenty of fascinating superstitions around the globe to keep your mind occupied all day long. 

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PLA 2016 Is Going to Be Extraordinary

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 5, 2016 11:31:00 PM

 Right now, something extraordinary is happening in Denver. Librarians, you know what we're talking about. The Public Library Association 2016 PLA Conference is currently underway, and extraordinary things are happening left and right. This year’s conference is all about challenging yourself to be extraordinary – because extraordinary libraries create extraordinary communities. Now that’s a cause we can get behind, and we’re already hard at work to support your library in becoming the best it can be for your community.

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Calling All New ALA Librarians: Apply For NMRT’s 2016 Professional Development Grant

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 23, 2016 2:06:27 AM

Hey librarians, are you an ALA member? Are you also part of the New Members Round Table(NMRT)? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then first of all: we think you are so cool and we’d like to formally apply to be your best friend. But we also want you to know that there’s still time for you to apply for the 2016 Mango/NMRT Professional Development Grant.

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Mango Scholarships 2016: Spreading the Word on Campus

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Start spreading the news - our college scholarship program is here! This year, Mango Languages will be offering three scholarships of $1,000 each to undergraduate and graduate students to support their educational and learning goals.

Our mission is simple: we’re asking students to share how language and culture have enriched their lives. We want to elevate the conversation around the importance of language and culture diversity in education by collecting stories and experiences from today’s generation of learners. Three deserving students will be selected to receive a Mango scholarship to support their academic goals, and we’ll leverage their stories to inspire learners everywhere to keep embracing language and cultural diversity in their everyday lives.

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Mango Scholarships 2016: Celebrating Language and Culture on Campus

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

College students, gather ‘round. We’re collecting language and culture stories around the proverbial Higher Ed campfire, and we want to hear yours.

If you know Mango (and if you don’t, we can’t wait to meet you!), you know that the work we do is fueled by our core mission of enriching lives with language and culture. We’re so excited to elevate our message and support deserving students with three Mango scholarships of $1,000 each to those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. We know that language and cultural diversity has the power to positively impact the lives of others (it’s our mission statement!), and we want to hear your story.

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Mango 2015: A Year in Review

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 15, 2016 2:48:52 PM

It’s been another year. Ask anyone here at Mango about 2015, and you’ll get the full rundown of the growths, gains, and late nights logged this calendar year - and it’s all in the name of enriching lives with language and culture. We broke records, we upped our game, we shared infinite numbers of cat .gifs and videos with each other to make it through the madness. But you know what? We pulled off one of our best years yet, and that means more efficient, effective, and fun language-learning for you. Let’s take a closer look at the many Mango Languages wins in 2015 with a quick overview of our top six accomplishments this year.

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