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Mango Languages

by Dieu - 0 Comment(s)

I have been enamoured with French culture ever since my first trip to Paris two autumns ago. During that trip, I spent most of my time wandering through the many wide tree-lined avenues and gardens of Paris. This May, I returned to Paris hoping to re-visit my favourite spots and to explore things that I had missed two years ago.

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Before leaving for Paris I had the goal of brushing up on my basic French, but sadly, due to procrastination it never happened. If like me, you find it difficult to labour over a textbook to study a foreign language, and want a quick way to learn important phrases, then the Calgary Public Library can help you towards that goal. The Library’s website in our E-Library offers a resource called Mango Languages that teaches you a foreign language at the beginner level. It can be found in both the World Languages and Travel & Geography sections of the E-Library. Learners can choose from 49 languages including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, French, Portuguese, and even Pirate!

Some neat features of Mango Languages:

  • You can choose from either the Basic course where you learn simple skills for common, everyday situations in a few hours, or the more in-depth Complete 2.0 course for those wanting to learn more language and grammar skills.
  • Includes a translation tool to translate conversations from one language to another.
  • Focuses on teaching useful phrases for everyday, real-life use. This is especially helpful for those wanting to learn survival phrases to use while traveling abroad.
  • Each lesson includes cultural notes to help learners understand the cultural expectations and etiquette of the people they plan on communicating with.

Mango Languages is also accessible as a free mobile app through the E-Library. To get started all you need is a library account and a Mango account (set up through the Library's website).

Prevent Summer Learning Loss

by Betsy - 0 Comment(s)

Why is it important for your child to keep reading over the summer? Well, beyond the fact they have been working hard for the last 10 months at school, studies have shown that those students who stop reading over the summer will start the next year well behind their peers that keep reading over the summer months; this is called summer learning loss. Not only that, but that loss will be cumulative, giving the child who keeps reading each summer a distinct advantage over the child who doesn’t read, meaning that by sixth grade the child who doesn’t read will be as much as two grades behind the child who does. This makes the “Library Habit” a great one for the summer. While Summer Learning Loss affects all non-reading children, it is seen most profoundly in children in lower socio-economic backgrounds, as shown in this video, posted by the American Library Association.

The TD Summer Reading Club is open to all children in Calgary, who can keep track of either the time they spend reading or the books that they read on a passport or activity booklet. The SRC's official Kick-Off date is Saturday, June 15th, (with scavenger hunts held at every branch!) This is a program designed to keep children reading all summer – with weekly ballots and prize drawings at every branch, and a grand prize draw to be done at the end of the summer.

This year's theme is Go! How can you participate? Go! to the Library! Think about where you've Gone!, where you would you like to Go! and let staff at your local Library find you and your child some great books to read to, listen to, or just let your imagination do the work while the library helps you Go! wherever you want this summer with the TD Summer Reading Club. Here are a few suggestions to get you started (don't forget to check for electronic resources, too.)

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Learning Advantage and the Gift of Giving

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Volunteers with the Calgary Public Library's Learning Advantage program provided learner Peter Sang with one-on-one coaching to improve his English skills and achieve his goals.

"As an adult learner with low English skills there was a huge gap between what I learned back home and the expectations here in Canada. English was the most difficult subject for me and I never thought I would pass.

After getting one-on-one coaching from Learning Advantage volunteers for almost two and a half years, my English improved significantly. I passed the English 30-1 diploma exam. I am motivated and positive about the future. I’m proud to say that I successfully completed my high school upgrading and I am now eligible to enroll in SAIT and Mount Royal.

My volunteers’ great work inspires me to help people. It is important to help my Canadian community and my people back home. I also want to be a good role model to my children, teaching them the gift of giving. I can’t wait to give back to the country that welcomed me and my family with open arms." - Peter Sang

Pictured: Volunteer Alex Burton and learner Peter Sang