By Portia Williams
FLATWOODS., Ky. — Flatwoods Public Library (FLP), is one of the Greenup County Public Libraries now offering Mango Languages.
Mango is an online language learning system that is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere via the Internet. Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses that are taught completely in the user’s native language.
Sharon Haines, interim director of FLP, said they are excited about offering Mango to their patrons.
“There are 60 foreign languages, and different levels of learning English. It has the ability to that if you sign up for an account it will save where you are. You can return to where you left off in your lessons, which I believe is a nice feature,” Haines said.
Mango offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere and access to a variety of special mini courses, such as Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Haines said it is the versatility of the Mango Language program made it a viable option to incorporate into the services the library provides.
“One of the reasons that we selected Mango is that it uses different methods to teach languages. It will use dialogue from movies, excerpts from books that people may not be familiar with. It offers creative ways to learn languages,” she said.
Utilization of Mango came about when they were searching for ways to updater their language CD’s.
“We were looking at updating the language CD’s that we had, and the question was how many to buy. If you have three people that want to learn Spanish at the same time, and you have only one good Spanish CD that can be a problem,” she said.
Lesson range from basic conversation to complex, showing the writing conversations on the screen while a moderator speaks the parts.
In addition to the Mango Language program, the Greenup County Libraries are also adding TumbleBooks to their services. According to Haines, TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading.
“The TumbleBooks are for children. We elected to do the pre-k through eight which is a little bit more of an expanded version of the TumbleBooks. The books are being read to the child, the pages turn as they are reading the book to the child, and there are some activities surrounding some of the books,” she said. “We think that it is a great teaching tool, that the public should be able to access from our website through any of their devices.”
For more information regarding the Mango Language program, or TumbleBooks, call 606-836-3771. Greenup County Public Library cardholders can access Mang visiting www2.youseemore.com/greenup.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.