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Writing Seminar


Join us on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at the Coldwater branch in the third floor meeting area as 2 Moon Press presents a free Writing Seminar. This is an informal seminar on writing for those who are looking to create a book. Plot development, formatting, and editing will be discussed. Several authors will be on hand as well as a cover designer and an editor. For more information contact the library at 517-278-2341 ext. 28.

Sherwood Plant Exchange & Book Sale


2nd Annual Plant Exchange and Book Sale

Bring a Plant - They must be weed-free in clean soil (potting soil in a container that you do not want back). For more information, contact the Sherwood Branch Library at 517-741-7976, or Sherwood@BranchDistrictLibrary.org.

Book Sale - .25 per paperback; .50 per hardcover or fill a bag for $2. All proceeds go to the Sherwood Friends of the Library to help with programming, story hour crafts, books, and DVDs.

Kindle Support Coming to OverDrive


Currently our OverDrive eBook Program doesn't work with Amazon's Kindle ebook reader. Good news, though: yesterday Amazon announced it is now working with OverDrive so that Kindle owners can use it, too! Stay tuned for details as our service gets even better.

Big Announcement in Bronson!


A big announcement came during the Friends of the Bronson Branch Library meeting Tuesday afternoon when Ross and Marilyn Byers announced that the Dearth Foundation had decided to pay off the loan for our Barrier Free project. There was much clapping and some happy dancing in our seats! We are all very thankful to the Dearths for donation of $70,156.00. The Friends group said they will start exploring the possibility of Phase II of this project which will be to build a matching room on the northwest corner of the library for a media center. We will keep you posted.

Introducing Mango Languages!

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The Branch District Library is pleased to announce that we are now offering the Mango language learning system, free to our patrons either at home or in the library. Mango offers instruction in 36 foreign languages, as well as ESL instruction for speakers of 15 foreign languages. Click the Mango logo on the right side of this page, or this link, to begin!

Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Mango's unique methodology copies the way people learn when surrounded by a foreign culture – through practical conversation. Every lesson incorporates all 4 conversational components (Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Grammar and Culture), each of which is critical to your ability to communicate in a foreign language. At the same time, you'll be increasing your ability to actually USE what you learn, with a variety of critical thinking and memory exercises. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you'll learn more than just words and phrases. You’ll learn how those pieces can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts, new conversations, and even more practical communication!

The Mango system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection — at the library, a coffee shop, or even at home in bed. Choose from 36 guided language experiences, 15 English as a second language experiences, and different levels of fluency. All you need is a library membership.

Mango is built to be both effective and fun. You'll see progress with every session, and be encouraged to keep talking. In no time at all, you'll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless!



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