Learn a new language this summer! Did you know that you can learn a new language – or refresh your memory about one you used to be able to speak – from the comfort of your own home by simply going to the Pierson Library website, www.PiersonLibrary.org? Look at the menu options on the right hand side of the page, labeled “Do you want to. . .” and click on learn a language. This will bring you to our Mango languages program. Type in your library card number which appears just below the bar code, and then create your Mango account. You will be surprised by the number of languages offered, from Arabic to Vietnamese! Not only does Mango cover the usual suspects – French, German, Italian, and Spanish – but offers choices “ripped from the headlines,” like Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Pashto. If you are of a more classical bent, you can learn Greek, Hebrew, or Latin. Perhaps you are doing a genealogy project and need to search primary resources – chances are Mango can help. It’s also a great way to introduce your children to the fun of learning a new language: they can learn Pirate on Mango which may be enormously helpful if you’re marooned on Treasure Island.
Vermont Library Association Meeting Tuesday, May 21: The Pierson Library staff will all be attending the Vermont Library Association’s Annual Meeting at Saint Michael’s College. The Library will be closed that day so we can learn about new resources to share with you and innovative techniques for enhancing your library visit.
New DVDs: By popular request, we’ve now carved out special space for displaying our latest DVDs. We’re using the top shelf just above the non-fiction DVDs to showcase both our new DVDs and our burgeoning Blu-Ray collection. For BBC fans, our new DVDs include “Kavanagh, Q.C.,” “The Commander,” and “Case Histories.” For foreign film buff, we now have “L’Amour Fou,” and for regular Hollywood fare, you may want to choose “The Sessions” with Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, and John Hawkes.
Mark your calendars: The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day.