I've always wanted to learn Spanish, but have never found the time to schedule taking a class. This could be the year I finally learn, thanks to all of the free resources available at the library.
My favorite way to learn is using Mango, one of our databases. Mango uses a combination of audio and text to teach 61 different languages. Mango also has eighteen courses for non-English speakers learning English. Mango even saves your place in each of your courses. To start using Mango, register with your e-mail address and create a username and password. You will also have to enter your library card number.
The library also has books, audiobooks and language kits. Our language kits can be checked out like any other library material. Most kits include both a book and CD. All of the language learning materials at Francis Gregory Library are grouped together in our reference section. If you would like to check out language materials from another DC Public Library branch that are not available at Francis Gregory Library, you can have them delivered to your branch of choice by putting them on hold.
I will show how to find language materials in the online library catalog and place them on hold in addition to how to set up and use the Mango during our Language Learning Resources program. This program will be taking place on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor.
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'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?' by Maria Semple
Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Join us on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss April's book club selection, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.
In Celebration of National Poetry Month
Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014
National Poetry Month takes place in April of each year, much to the delight of romantics and literary types.
Published on Monday, March 24, 2014
Francis Gregory Library will be continuing free computer classes through April on Tuesdays and Saturdays. All workshops will be held in the board room on the second floor and will last up to three hours.
Computer basics workshops will take place on Tuesdays beginning at 2:30 p.m. Office Software workshops will take place on Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m. The library will be closed for staff day on Tuesday, April 29, so a class will be held on Monday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m.
See our calendar for dates and times of all of our future computer classes.
Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014
Published on Sunday, March 9, 2014
Join library staff members Peter and TaChalla as they discuss the rightfully neglected or undiscovered gems of the Popular Library at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
This episode’s pick: Family by Natalia Ginzburg.
Published on Friday, February 28, 2014
Beginning in March, Francis Gregory Library will begin hosting free computer workshops every Tuesday and Saturday. All workshops will be held in the board room on the second floor and will last up to three hours.
Published on Friday, February 7, 2014
It's still cold outside, but it's not too soon for teens to start planning ahead for summer. The Department of Employment Services (DOES) is currently accepting applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program. You may have missed our program helping teens to apply, but it's not too late to get your application in. DOES continues accepting applications until Feb. 15th. Jobs are assigned on a first come first serve basis, so get your applications in soon!
Part V: Clark Gable, the King of Hollywood
Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
Clark Gable's forthright line as Rhett Butler in 1939's Gone with the Wind is one of the most famous quotes of the silver screen. But before he became the leading man of Hollywood's Golden Age, Gable was born Feb. 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, into humble beginnings, working in a tire factory and even selling ties door-to-door.
Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt was chosen by one of our teens during Teen Advisory Group for our book club this month.
Winnie Foster is a bored teenager who discovers a family of immortals, the Tuck family, living near her home. Our book club will be on Feb. 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor board room.
A Book Discussion in Celebration of Black History Month
Published on Monday, February 3, 2014
Last March, the Francis A. Gregory Library had the pleasure of hosting D.C. native and local author, R. Kayeen Thomas, at the monthly adult book club meeting to discuss his award-winning novel, Antebellum. A 2013 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Debut Author and 2013 Wheatley Award Nominee for First Fiction, R.