Online Language Learning System Available
International Falls Public Library
The library is excited to offer Mango Languages, an online language learning system available to our community through a generous Knudson Grant. This resource provides audio and visual lessons in over sixty different languages.
You will need your library barcode number to access the service and then set up an account to track your progress. If you have ever wanted to learn Azerbaijani, Biblical Hebrew, Pirate, Yiddish or sixty other languages, now is your chance. We still offer Powerspeak until the end of 2015. Powerspeak can help with learning six different languages, so if you’ve started with Powerspeak you can continue to use it until the end of the year.
The library also provides access to a variety of online learning assistance. If you or your child need some additional practice reading or learning a math concept then be sure and take a look at Learning Express and Brainfuse. Learning Express, provided to all residents of Minnesota is an Interactive collection of tests, tutorials, and eBooks categorized in Learning Centers including School Center, College Preparation Center, College Center, High School Equivalency Center, Adult Learning Center, and Career Center. It helps prepare you to take standardized tests for everything from the PSAT to the GRE as well as career advancement tests, such as for civil service or firefighter.
Brainfuse, provided to all residents of the Arrowhead Library System is homework Help-Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests, Skills-Building, Personalized eLearning Tools, 24-Hour Writing Lab, Homework Send Question, and an Adult Learning Center with access to a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
There is a fair amount of overlap between these online resources but their approaches are a little different and I encourage you to figure out which approach works best for you. Both are provided through tax dollars and are there for you and your family. Make use of them.
Warmer weather means some thoughts are turning to outdoor home improvement projects to complete while the weather is nice. The library offers many books and a few videos that can help you plan and know what to do for those repair or improvement projects. We also provide access to an online resource called appropriately “Home Improvement Reference Center.” It provides video, text and photo instructions in seven broad categories including Decorating, Electrical, Maintenance, Outdoor, Plumbing, Remodeling and Woodworking.
The library also subscribes to Consumer Reports Online which can provide valuable information before you make major purchases.
We have also continued our subscription to ValueLine for an additional year. Valueline is an online investing tool, providing stock information about 6,000 companies around the world. If you manage your own investments, this is a valuable tool to access. The last three resources will require the standard library user name and password to access. Please call or stop by the library for this information.
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.
The April theme is 'new.'