Connect with Mango Languages

As we patiently await a time where we can all connect with each other again in person, many of us are seeking ways of connection that can be done from within the walls of our homes, or even the comfort of our beds. We engage with our digital devices to reach out to friends, keep up with news, or simply distract our minds for a while. One way SPL offers a way to connect from home, even allowing you to stay cozy in bed for a bit, is with a longer term goal in mind: language learning. Why not use this time to learn a new language, or continue your education with one you’re already familiar with? That way, when we all make our way back into the world, there’s an opportunity for connection that maybe you didn’t have before.Mango LanguagesMango Languages is an online language learning platform that Seattle Public Library offers free to all its patrons. It’s available from your web browser, or can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play – you just have to access it through SPL’s Online Learning page first.

Mango Languages AvailableThere are over 70 languages to learn from, including dialects for different regions (seems best to know Castilian Spanish vs Latin American Spanish if you’re planning to travel to Spain, right?), and it adapts to your learning style and pace, because we don’t all learn in the same way, and that’s important if we want all this great information to stick. Continue reading “Connect with Mango Languages”

Staying Healthy with Your Library: ConsumerLab.com

Research and select the best quality health, wellness, and nutritional products, based on test results published by an independent laboratory with ConsumerLab.com. Since 1999, ConsumerLab.com has tested more than 5,600 products, representing nearly every type of popular supplement for adults and children (and yes Seattle, pets too).

To access this database from your own device, sign in with your library card number and PIN, then select ConsumerLab.com from our list of Online Resources.

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Staying Healthy with Your Library: ProQuest Consumer Health Database

This post is part of our Staying Healthy with Your Library series featuring online consumer health resources available from The Seattle Public Library. Databases require a library card number and PIN for remote access.

For general health questions or in-depth research, ProQuest Consumer Health is an easy-to-use database of more than 500 trustworthy medical journals and popular health magazines covering an enormous range of health topics, from sports injuries to women’s health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry.

To access this database from your own device, select ProQuest Consumer Health from our list of Online Resources and sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Here on the Basic Search “homepage” for the database, you’ll see five headings just below Consumer Health Database, including: Continue reading “Staying Healthy with Your Library: ProQuest Consumer Health Database”

Start Your Job Search at the Library

The Seattle Public Library’s Job Resources web page is a great place to start your job search, with resources on discovering a new career path, getting new job skills, creating a cover letter and resume, and finding job opportunities.

Our community partner, WorkSource Seattle-King County, offers many great job seeking resources, and is currently posting Critical Job Opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Career Discovery
Here we include some wonderful resources, in particular Washington State Career Bridge, where you can take a career interest quiz, and WOIS/The Career Information Center, which has Washington state information on salaries, educational programs, schools and training requirements for various jobs.

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Nonprofit Grant Research with the Library

Nonprofits, you are on our minds. At a time when the communities you serve need you the most, you are experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 along with the rest of us. Sources of revenue like fundraising events and programs have been put on hold, staff and volunteers are under stay-at-home orders, and you’re navigating the many challenges of telework.

The Seattle Public Library is here to help with at least one task that is likely on your list: seeking grant funding! Whether you are an experienced grant researcher or just starting this fundraising strategy out of necessity, our resources and services can help with the process of finding those opportunities.

Foundation Directory Online logoFoundation Directory Online (FDO) is the most comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers available. Use this tool to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve. While we usually provide access to FDO only from our Central Library, during the closure we have two remote access options available to everyone: Continue reading “Nonprofit Grant Research with the Library”