Benefits of K-8 aged children learning a language.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Sep 9, 2016 3:05:00 PM

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s never too late to start learning a new language. Becoming a polyglot offers social and cognitive benefits at any stage of life, whether you’re in high school, at the peak of your professional career, or recently retired. That being said, there is certainly an ideal time to begin a new language — when the brain most easily absorbs new sounds and patterns — and all this happens during a child’s K-8 years. Here are a few of the many advantages of starting them out young.

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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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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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Safety and security at the library: keeping your resources and your patrons safe.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 31, 2016 10:38:58 AM

Your library is a safe space in your local community. With a multitude of regular guests each day and the occasional out of-towner coming through your doors, you’re required to keep people of all backgrounds equipped with great books, learning opportunities and more.

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Are you a polling place? Preparing your library for elections.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 24, 2016 2:21:32 PM

There’s nothing quite like watching a community of informed patrons proudly express their patriotism by fulfilling their civic duty and voting. Election season is upon us and if the early polling has been any indication, it’s sure to be one of the most talked-about election cycles yet.

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Funding a Mango subscription at your library.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 17, 2016 10:19:21 AM

Whether it’s in a marriage ceremony or a new product contract, saying those final I do’s can be a little intimidating for anyone. But if your public library is trying to commit to a language-learning solution, the last thing you need is unanswered questions on how to best fund it prior to taking the plunge.

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Helping patrons prepare for the SATs.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 10, 2016 3:02:36 PM

With high school juniors dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on their final papers, many are now turning their attention to preparing for that next (collegiate) chapter of their life. For your public library, that means the opportunity to help your college-bound patrons through one of their biggest obstacles on their college journey: the SATs.

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Promoting language learning for children.

By Lindsay Mullen |   May 3, 2016 12:34:15 PM

While we love language learners in all shapes and sizes, there’s nothing quite like seeing a child switch effortlessly between multiple languages. Early language learning has become increasingly relevant in recent years, with more children becoming interested in other cultures at an early age (shout out to Dora the Explorer) and more parents committed to raising their children speaking multiple languages. Not only does this provide you plenty of opportunities to see children speaking multiple languages (always adorable) but it provides a great opportunity to get families involved at your library.

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Benefits of Community Movie Viewings at Your Library

By Lindsay Mullen |   Apr 26, 2016 10:27:36 AM

Let’s face it--your movie collection is often an unsung hero at your library. While your patrons have started to think outside the book and indulge in digital resources and makerspace offerings, your movie collection has fallen to the wayside. However, there are lot of unique benefits movies and movie screenings can bring to your patrons both culturally and academically that shouldn’t be ignored. Here are a few ways movie viewings can help strengthen your library’s community and can truly help your patrons bond. James Bond.

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