Branding your library: 5 effective ways to build partnerships with local schools.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Nov 30, 2016 6:02:00 AM

Whether you’re located in a sprawling urban setting or a small rural area, every library can benefit from establishing a strong partnership with local school systems. From sharing e-resources to hosting themed educational events, getting involved with the schools in your community could be your ticket to bringing in more excited patrons in 2017. We’ve put together a few ways to connect with those schools, get your name out there, and help them see just what makes your library so great. Trust us - it’ll be a win-win for everyone involved.

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7 fresh strategies for promoting library e-resources that will motivate you today.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 2, 2016 5:51:00 AM

Step aside, Clark Kent. Put away the bat-signal, Bruce Wayne. Librarians are the real superheroes, fighting for literacy, community, and knowledge each and every day. But every superhero needs a sidekick, and that’s where Mango comes in. We know that librarians are tasked with a lot of responsibilities, chief among them promoting library events, offerings, and resources. 

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4 reasons we love the world's biggest book fair.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Oct 19, 2016 1:02:00 AM

Calling all librarians (and bookworms)! The legendary Frankfurt Book Fair is currently underway, and as avid readers ourselves, this type of event is right up our alley. Not only is it the world’s largest trade fair for books, but it’s a chance for new and upcoming authors to promote their work on a global scale. Plus, as an individual visitor, you could snag a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with some of the most respected names in the publishing industry.

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Mango’s latest course: English for Somali speakers.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 12, 2016 6:03:00 PM

Mango’s catalogue of English course offerings is growing once again! This time, we’re adding Somali to our fleet of courses for non-English speakers. Designed to provide Somali speakers with all the tools they need to learn useful vocabulary, practice grammar, and perfect pronunciation, this new course is a must-have for native Somali speakers learning English.

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Mango's latest course: Classroom English for Hmong speakers.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 12, 2016 4:07:00 PM

Whenever one course closes, another one opens. When it comes to developing the latest in-demand course, that’s the Mango philosophy. What’s the newest course to come out of Mango? Classroom English for Hmong speakers.

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The relationship between language learning and academic success.

By Britta Wilhelmsen |   Sep 14, 2016 6:23:00 PM

In a recent blog post, we examined several benefits of introducing young children to a second language while they’re still in the K-8 stage. Parents, if there are still any lingering doubts, we’re here to squash them - it’s been proven that language learning not only means increased standardized test scores, but directly correlates to overall higher academic achievement. In fact, dabbling in another language improves cognitive function in areas you might not realize (we’re talking math and science, people!) Read on to discover even more about the academic power of language learning, but be warned: you might just find yourself enrolling your student in a Mango course by the end.

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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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Become a pirate for our #LibraryLubber video contest and win an iPad Pro!

By Michael Buckenmeyer |   Aug 29, 2016 1:08:36 PM

*Please note: Although this contest has concluded, Mango's Pirate course lives on. Learn everything you need to know to parely in perfect Pirate with Mango's free Pirate language lessons. Log in or create a profile to explore arrr Pirate course today! 

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We love the world’s cultures too much to say we have a favorite holiday. But if we had to pick, International Talk Like a Pirate Day would be the one. Every year we anxiously await Sep. 19, when we get to break out our eyepatches, exchange our cash for gold doubloons, and conduct all office communication with plenty of s’arrrcasm. We want to spread the fun, so this year we’re calling on all aspiring buccaneers to learn the language, record their own pirate escapades, and post their creation to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibraryLubber. The prize? The ultimate treasure for any library lubbin’ pirate — an iPad Pro.

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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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