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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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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