Ever thought about learning a new languge? Two new electronic resources are now available to Conyers-Rockdale Library System patrons for just that purpose.
For children, “TumbleBooks” is an online collection of animated, talking picture books enhanced by sounds, music and turning pages. While the kids are occupied with their favorite stories, older family members may be exploring “Mango Languages” and choosing which foreign language from a list of 49 that they want to learn.
With Mango Languages, foreign language learners will be able to have virtually unlimited access to instruction in the language of their choice with no competition for traditional library materials, thanks to this new electronic resource at the library.
Available via a link on the library’s website, a patron can access Mango Languages and begin learning in any of 49 foreign languages. The focus is on learning conversational skills in another language and is presented with sound and written instruction. Academic languages such as Latin, Biblical Hebrew and ancient Greek are also available.
There are English as a Second Language courses, including 15 languages to select from, as the translation to English is customized from the student’s native language.
This innovative new learning tool was recently approved for contract by the library’s Board of Trustees at the April 30 meeting.
“We have frequent requests for materials for foreign language learners,” said Director Daryl Fletcher, “Mango Languages is an affordable way to offer patrons instruction in the language of their choice, delivered to wherever they can access the internet, and it’s available 24/7.”
A patron will create a Mango account from the library’s website, www.conyersrockdalelibrary.org, using their library card number, and may begin instruction from the Mango website or by using a mobile app available on Android or iOS devices.
Returning to “ TumbleBooks,” – this new resource is just in time for the library’s Summer Reading Program which encourages kids to read every day, for fun and to maintain reading skills. The TumbleBooks Library of picture books and easy readers provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. It also provides support to students who need skill- building by focusing on concepts that need repetition and practice.
To browse and start reading from the TumbleBooks ebook collection, visit the library’s website, www.conyersrockdalelibrary.org and follow the links under “ebooks.” A library card is not needed to enjoy this collection.