Archive for February, 2009
Denton Public Library is proud to announce that it is now carrying the online language-learning software by Mango Languages. Free of charge to patrons, Mango Languages is a welcome addition to the library for those wanting to study a foreign language easily and at their own pace.
This premier online software program for libraries is a unique way to learn a foreign language. It combines linguistic expertise from across the globe with the latest software technologies, providing an easy-to-use interactive learning tool. Remote online access allows patrons to learn at their convenience. Mango also features a unique comprehensive teaching approach that actively engages audio and visual cues to assist users in language retention.
Mango Languages currently offers 12 language courses – Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Polish speakers, ESL for Spanish speakers, and ESL for Brazilian Portuguese speakers – with many more on the way.
Founded in 2007, Mango Languages employs top linguists and teachers to teach foreign languages effectively and easily across its proprietary software platform. Mango offers courses in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese and English. Mango is used world-wide by travelers, heritage learners, students, language enthusiasts, corporations, and schools. Learn more about Mango Languages at www.mangolanguages.com.
According to Mo Willems, there are only three things we need to know about naked mole rats before reading his new story, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed:
- They are a little bit rat.
- They are a little bit mole.
- They are all naked.
Now that we know these things, we can read about what happens when one naked mole rat named Wilbur discovers how much he enjoys getting dressed. Being different, Wilbur must suffer the inevitable teasing from his peers, but things get a little more serious when the oldest, greatest, and most naked mole rat ever gets wind of Wilbur’s transgressions. Being a huge Mo Willems fan, I squealed with glee when I saw Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed on the Library’s shelf of new materials. Willems can always be counted on for quality picture books, and his streak continues with Naked Mole Rat.
He infused his latest work with his usual simple, easily-imitated illustrations and humor that both children and adults can appreciate. I recommend Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed to children ages 4-8.
Are you a teen artist waiting for a great opportunity to show off your skills? In preparation for the 2009 Texas Summer Reading Club, the Denton Public Library is holding an art contest for teens in grades 6 – 12. We want teens to design the bookmarks and posters that promote this year’s summer reading club.
Readers throughout the community will be inspired by your art! Pick up a poster and or bookmark entry form at one of the Denton Public Library branches. The finished product must be turned in to one of the three branches by Sunday, March 1. Submission guidelines are included on the submission forms.
For more information, call Juli Gonzalez at 940.349.8741.
Former Dallas Cowboy and football legend Drew Pearson will be at the North Branch Library on February 25th from 2-4 p.m. signing copies of his new book Remembering Texas Stadium. Co-author and longtime Dallas sports writer Frank Luksa will be joining him. The event is free and open to the public.
Drew Pearson played in three Pro Bowls while being named All-Pro three times. He was voted to the NFL’s 1970 All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. He currently resides in the Dallas area.
The North Branch Library is located at 3020 North Locust Street in Denton, Texas.
For more information, contact Kerol Harrod, Public Services Library Assistant, at 940.349.8758 or at email@example.com.
In the Town All Year ‘Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner will keep children occupied for hours and keep them coming back for more. This semi-wordless picture book is divided into four parts, one for each season. At the beginning of each section, we are introduced to a number of different characters we can follow throughout the season. Each section consists of seven two-page spreads teeming with detail and interest. Berner’s format gives In the Town broad appeal. Younger children will enjoy taking in all of the action on each spread, while older children will pore over the details of each page and enjoy following the various plots that unfold. I highly recommend In the Town to children ages 4-8.
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The Denton Public Library is now providing a mobile catalog for their users-on-the-go! Access the library’s catalog of materials from any internet-capable mobile phone or personal data assistant (PDA) by entering the new URL: http://library.cityofdenton.com/airpac.
Called the AirPAC, this new functionality offers users the ability to search the library catalog or view patron-related information, such as fines, holds, ILL requests, and items checked out in much the same manner as in the regular library catalog.
“This is another way for users outside of the library to access us virtually,” says Director of Libraries Eva Poole. “We are going where our customers are!”
For more information on this new resource, visit the Denton Public Library, call 940.349.8752 or see the library’s Web site at www.dentonlibrary.com.