Monday, February 23, 2015

Free@YourLibrary-Cherokee and Other Language Lessons

Language lessons are free at the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw and the Muldrow Public Library. They are provided by Mango, the company that provides the data base for the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System, Librarian Bethia Owens said. Sixty-four languages are offered through the libraries' Internet sites. The newest language added to the list is Cherokee. Owens said, "All you need is an email address and a password." She said to set up an account visit the library's website and scroll down to the Mango logo. The program will lead the user through the set up process. "It's really cool," Owens said. "It's a friendly program, and gives you cultural notes. It will even translate into another language for you." There is no time limit on the lessons. Users can learn at their own pace. Even if more than a few days have passed, the program will return the user to the last lesson used. Owens said, "We hope a lot of people use it. It's one of our favorites."

Upcoming: Author Rilla Askew, an Oklahoma author, will speak at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library's Book Review Luncheon at noon Feb. 25. Askew received the Oklahoma Book Award for "The Mercy Seat" and also for "Harpsong." Her novel "Fire in Beulah," about the Tulsa race riot, received the American Book Award and the Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Her latest novel is 'Kind of Kin." Reservations are required for the luncheon which is free. Call the library at 918-775-4481 to make a reservation.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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