Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mango Language Services @ the Library

The following article was posted this week at the Dakota County Star newspaper.  Thank them for publishing this in their print version.

SSC Library Offers Mango Language Services
The South Sioux City Public Library has added Mango Languages to its list of database offerings.  `

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.

All one needs to access Mango is a South Sioux City Public Library card.  You will use your card to create an account.  Mango will send the subscriber a confirmation email to which the user will need to respond.  After the initial creation, you will be able to access Mango with your email and password. 

English speakers will be able to learn languages from Arabic to Vietnamese.  Mango also has programs so that speakers of several various languages will be able to learn English.

Along with courses in learning a new language, Mango has a translation tool in which you can put text of one language into the translator and get a textual translation in another language.

To begin using Mango, get your library card and go to and create your account.  If you have questions about Mango contact Dave Mixdorf or Dan Nieman at 402-494-7545 for more details.

Summer Reading Activities:  Each summer, the library offers a variety of programs to encourage children to read.  This year we have story times, craft times, movies and kids will be able to earn book bucks again this year.  Visit the library, our website, or our Facebook page for more details on Summer Reading Program.

Fishing Clinic: Children have the opportunity to learn the art of fishing on Saturday June 2nd at 1pm.  Library will help children learn to fish at Crystal Cove. 

“B” Movie Night Feature:  On Thursday night May 31st, we will show our monthly “B” movie.  In this month’s feature:  A ferocious dinosaur is awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City.  “B” Movie Night at the Bijou starts at 6pm. 

Have a Happy Memorial Day:  The library will close on Monday, May 28th for the Memorial Day holiday.  We will be open until 5pm on Saturday May 26th and re-open at 9am on Tuesday May 29th

Technology Classes

Clean-up Your Computer:  Tues May 29, 5:30pm: Clean up Your Computer:  Is your computer running slower? Do pop-ups keep appearing? Does your computer randomly crash or freezes up? Then this may be the class for you. Clean up Your Computer shows you how to maintain your computer on both the outside and the inside. Learn what basic procedures and what free software you can use to improve the performance of your computer.

Know Your Computer:  Would you like to know the very basics of your computer?  How about increase your computer vocabulary?  This class will teach you the very basics of computer knowledge.   It will let you feel confident in knowing what the components are on your computer.  This class is held on Wednesday May 30th at 11am. 

Facebook for Business:  Thurs May 31, 5pm: Facebook for Your Business: This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of for your own business.

Youth Activities:  Preschool Story Time (Tuesday at 10am & Wednesday at 4pm), Pat-a-Cake Pals (Thursdays at 10am, Family Story Time (Thursday at 6:30pm).  Toddler Time (Friday at 10am).

The Library is on Social Media:  The library desires to meet you wherever you are.  We are on Facebook, Twitter and now on Pinterest.  Talk to us.  We are listening.

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