If you can’t drive the car, you can at least speak the language!


can't drive the car speak the languagePlanning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

Transparent Language Online is now Available for FREE with your library card.  Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 95+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone:

  • Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.
  • Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.
  • Supplemental Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!
  • Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.

Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn, while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.

Best of all, Transparent Language Online works on any Internet-connected device, so you can learn from your laptop, phone, or tablet.

To learn more about Transparent Language Online and preview the program, swing by the library for a demo and to set up a free account. (If you use the library Zinio Magazines, you already have an account! Use the same email and password for both!) Access the program directly at Hot Topics – Databases A-Z or view the getting started videos at Hot Topics – How to Use the Library Databases

Feel free to contact us with any questions at ask@lvccld.org

#ClubRead Selection: Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky Grades 3-5


red berriesRed Berries White Clouds Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn’t speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi’s family is ostracized. Things get much worse. Suspected as a spy, Tomi’s father is taken away. The rest of the Itano family is sent to an internment camp in Colorado. Many other Japanese American families face a similar fate. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her and her family like the enemy. What does she need to do to prove she is an honorable American? Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.

Read about the author on Hot Topic – Club Read Kids

Club Read – Explore beyond the page!


explore_beyond_the_pageThis summer, come and explore beyond the page with Hot Topic – Club Read. Discover magazines, go on a scavenger hunt or explore a database. Use these reading ideas for counting your minutes for Club Read!

Big news this week for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey! New Chapter for “Fifty Shades” Fans


greyFifty Shades of Grey author E. L. James made big news last week with a surprise announcement: a new book, Grey, due out June 18 worldwide. The novel provides a different perspective; while James’s original trilogy was told from the perspective of Anastasia Steele, this new title focuses on the story from Christian Grey’s point of view. James remains cryptic about exactly what this means, leading fans to speculate about whether Grey retells the same events as Fifty Shades, or features a whole new storyline. Either way, this is big news for those who’ve followed the characters through three wildly popular novels and a blockbuster film version. (And quite possibly a way to tide fans over until the next film releases in 2017!) Get on the list today for Grey.

Available in eBook format as well; holds can be placed on Tuesday June 16th in the eMedia Catalog!

Prevent Summer Slide and Have Fun Doing It!


00-June2015HelpNowBainfuse HelpNow can help prevent the summer slide. Use SkillSurfer to keep up with what you learned this year or get a head start on school this fall. Love puzzles? With Flashbulb you can create your own crossword puzzles, flash cards, unscramble and more. Flashbulb is also great for those summer road trips!