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State Library announces two new e-resources

The State Library has announced two new e-resources called Mango Languages and ChiltonLibrary. Foreign language teachers, ESL students and CTE teachers are just a few of the individuals who will find these resources useful.

Mango Languages offers courses in more than 60 languages. Basic courses teach simple, practical skills for common conversation, and Complete 2.0 courses dive into in-depth language and grammar skills. The courses focus on four key areas of language learning: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture. A mobile version lets users learn wherever they have Internet access.

ChiltonLibrary puts CTE students in the driver’s seat by placing their authoritative manuals online with monthly updates. No other source contains more years, makes and models.

These databases are available in public libraries and on school and academic campuses. The State Library provides free in-service training on statewide online resources to school librarians, administrators and faculty. Call 1-800-423-6665 for more information.

Any South Dakotan with a State Library-issued barcode and password can also access these resources from home at http://library.sd.gov.

Contact Julie Erickson or Jane Healy with questions.