September 12th, 2016

Learn Languages for Free with Rosetta Stone

Are you planning an international trip? Do you wish you’d stuck with the language you were learning in high school – or maybe your student is in a language learning class? Maybe you want to study your ancestral language – or just try something new?

Now you can learn 30 different languages, such as Spanish, Japanese, or Indonesian, using Rosetta Stone at Cecil County Public Library. The service works on personal computers as well as your smartphone, tablet, or Kindle Fire. A full list of available languages can be found at http://www.rosettastone.com/publicsector/languages — look under Rosetta Stone Language Lessons Version 3.

If you choose to use a portable device for Rosetta Stone, you should first download the app and then go to Cecil County Public Library’s Rosetta Stone page to sign up, choose a language, and get started.

To learn a different language, log out of the app and return to CCPL’s Rosetta Stone page to make your choice and sign in again. The app remembers where you left off in each language, so you can return to a previous course of study.

To try Rosetta Stone on your personal computer, go directly to CCPL’s Rosetta Stone page.

For more help, try our Niche Academy tutorial on Rosetta Stone (below) or call your favorite branch.


What language would you like to learn?


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August 29th, 2016

So Much to Read, So Little Time!

mobile-605422_640The other day, I found myself in the rare situation of having a day off work with absolutely zero plans and believe me, I took advantage of it! I ran errands, weeded my garden, gave the house a thorough cleaning, put the finishing touches on a quilt, and read an entire book! How on earth could I do it? I’ll tell you my secret: audiobooks!

I listen to audiobooks basically anytime my ears are free. They are a great way to pass the time when you’re doing chores, driving, or anytime your hands are occupied, but your mind isn’t. You can get done whatever you need to get done while also reading a book. Talk about multi-tasking!

Audiobooks have all of the same benefits of more traditional reading, no comprehension or quality is lost by listening to the words rather than reading them.  They are especially great for all of us who feel we’re just too busy to read. If you’re listening to an average-length audiobook (about 11 hours) only on your 15 minute drive to and from work each day, you’ll still have your book done in only about 3 weeks.

The library has several different ways to access audiobooks and I use them all regularly:

1.       You can borrow CD books from any branch. We have both fiction and non-fiction audiobooks for children, teen, and adults! All you have to do is check them out as you would a print book and just pop them into any device that plays CDs and let the narrator simply read the book to you.

2.       We also have 3 different ways to check out audiobooks digitally: through OverDrive, Hoopla, and OneClickDigital. It has been many a time that I’ve been about to leave on a long drive and I’ve quickly pulled up OverDrive on my phone, searched the available audiobooks, downloaded it to my phone, and I had a nice fresh book to listen to for my drive. All from the comfort of my home!

Hoopla has the added benefit that there are no holds, so any book that it carries is available for download immediately.

Our website has how-to guides on how to setup an account and access these books, or you can come to any branch to have a librarian show you in person. It’s easy!

Did you know that the average audiobook is 11 hours of listening? So as you’re gearing up for your next family vacation and looking to keep everyone happy and occupied on that long car drive, consider an audiobook!

Who is your favorite narrator?


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