I’ve always been interested in learning a new language.  In high school I took 4 years of Spanish, and looking back now, I do regret that I didn’t stick with it.  That’s why I’m very happy that the Adams County Library System subscribes to Mango Language. From the comfort of my home, I have access to more than 70 world languages that I can learn just by using my library card number for access.

I can use Mango as a guest for quick access, or, If I was serious about learning, let’s say, Scottish Gaelic, I can create an account and Mango will keep track of my progress as I move through the various levels of instruction.  Did I mention that you use Mango at your own pace?  There’s no deadlines or limitations, so it works within your schedule.

I can also take Mango on the go.  There is a Mango Language app available in your device’s app store, so you can easily do a quick lesson while sitting in a waiting room, hotel room, or anywhere.

But Mango is more than just basic language learning software.  Yes, it has over 70 world languages and 20 ESL/ELL courses. Yes, it offers listening and reading activities to enforce the reading material as well as assessments and chapter recaps to check understanding and learning progress.  But it also offers grammar and cultural insights to make the learning relatable and authentic.  It adapts to your learning style to make it just that much more personal.  

Mango is just one of the resources offered by the library system.  If you visit our Digital Resources page on our website, found under ELibrary, you’ll find a plethora of resources available.  Some, like Brainfuse JobNow, which offers personality assessments, cover letter and resume template, job interview practice and more, the library subscribes to and access is only available with your library card.  Other resources, like MedlinePlus, which is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), do not require an Adams County Library Card for access.  

So when you’re checking out Mango, why not take a look at the other resources available on the library’s website.  You just may be surprised by what you find.

Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Public Services Director.