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 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.
There 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”
March 13th, 2020 was notable for two reasons. One, it was Friday the 13th, but hardly anyone at the Seattle Public Library noticed for the second reason: it was the last day we were open before closing our doors for a month because of COVID-19. It was a frantic and stressful day full of uncertainty for everyone, with an outstanding outcome: on a typical Friday, SPL checks out 13,000 physical items, but on March 13th we checked out 104,000 books, DVDs and CDs!
While patrons are unable to borrow any physical items until at least April 13, SPL has a rich and robust collection of digital resources that can be accessed anytime. Patrons new to digital resources will find lots to choose from, and experienced patrons will find new items to discover.
Recently, I discovered that the musician Beck had put out a new, critically acclaimed album this past February. The glowing reviews for Morning Phasesparked my interest, as I’d been pretty unimpressed with his most recent releases. I thought that because it had been four months since the album’s release, maybe there wouldn’t be a long wait to borrow the CD from The Seattle Public Library. Continue reading “Skip the Holds Queue with Hoopla!”
Kids-can’t live with them and can’t live without them, but you can keep them reading no matter where they are or what time it is! Your online children’s reading resources are waiting for you.
The Seattle Public Library’s Web site has a Children’s section with great resources and reading ideas for your kids. There are on-line resources to hear and/or read books. Some of your children will already be familiar with Tumblebooks as it is used in the Seattle Public Schools. And we have developed many booklists to help you choose great books for your family.