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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).

Fresh! Dewey Decimal Class

by Lorrie - 0 Comment(s)

Have you ever wondered where the mysterious numbers come from on the spines of public library books? In fact, the library has staff who ensure that books are grouped with other books on similar topics so they can be easily discovered and browsed by customers.

Calgary Public Library staff use a numbering system called the Dewey Decimal Classification - named for its creator, Melville Dewey. Most public libraries, and many elementary school libraries use the same numbering system which groups books into 10 broad categories. Using the same system at all our branches is handy; if you use more than one public library branch, you will find the books and material labelled and arranged in the same order regardless of where you are.

Armed with your Dewey Decimal number you can find what you are looking for pretty easily. For example, when I drop my son off at Crowfoot Arena for his hockey practice, I usually pop into the Crowfoot Library and look for some budget recipe cookbooks. Hockey players eat a lot so I am always looking for recipes. The next day, when I’m down at the South Fish Creek Arena for my son's game, I visit the Shawnessy Library while he is doing his pre-game warm up. Using the same Dewey Decimal number I used at the Crowfoot Library, I can look for budget recipe cookbooks at the Shawnessy Library.

It's a useful shortcut in the same way that shopping at your neighbourhood grocery store is convenient because you know exactly where to go to get that last minute item you need for dinner. The Dewey Decimal System makes your library "shopping" and browsing a little bit easier!

Library volunteer featured on CTV Calgary

by Christine P - 1 Comment(s)

Congratulations to Arlie, on being named Volunteer Calgary's V.I.P. for this month!

Arlie has been a dedicated Library volunteer for over 4 years, helping children learn how to read and providing a safe space for students to write exams.

Read her full story on the CTV Calgary website here!

If you'd like to learn more about our volunteer programs at the Library, click here for more information!

Give a Used Book a New Home

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Please join us on Dec 1st for the biggest book sale at the Calgary Public Library.

We need to find homes for our books and we want you to cuddle with a great book during the holiday season.

Hope to see you there!

Do you live in the North East?

by Christine P - 0 Comment(s)

Saddletowne Library

Do you live in Castleridge, Falconridge, Saddle Ridge, Martindale, Taradale, Coral Springs, Temple, Whitehorn or Monteray Park?

If so, we are looking for YOU to come volunteer at the brand new Saddletowne Library, opening soon!

Saddletowne Library is located at 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE. Once the library is open there will be a variety of volunteer positions to be filled. Feel free to fill out a volunteer application today on our website, or pick one up at any branch; be sure to list 'Saddletowne' as your Library location of choice.

Reading Buddies

by Christine Pinkney - 0 Comment(s)

Photo by: Ted Rhodes, for Calgary Herald Neighbours

Click here to read the Calgary Herald's article featuring our Reading Buddies program.

Dates for our fall programs are listed below and registration for the little buddy participants begins August 30th, 2011.

Alexander Calhoun

Bowness

Central

Country Hills

Crowfoot

Fish Creek

Forest Lawn

Glenmore Square

Nose Hill

Shaganappi

Shawnessy

Signal Hill

Southwood

Thorn-Hill

Village Square

Village Square

Thursdays, Oct 20 to Dec 8

Mondays, Oct 17 to Dec 5 (no class Oct 10)

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If you are interested in volunteering as a big buddy for Reading Buddies, fill out our volunteer application form.

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