SPRINGFIELD–The Springfield Free Public Library now offers two additional databases free for all library patrons. All that is required to access these databases from home is a library card.
Pronunciator is the world’s largest language-learning service, with 60 of the most popular languages, and 3,000 available courses. Pronunciator also includes ESL (English as a Second Language) for 50 non-English languages. For example, a Spanish speaker can learn Chinese in a Spanish context, without having to go through English.
Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrase books. Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language, covering vocabulary, verbs, simple sentences, and conversation. One level, specifically for tourists and business travelers, teaches 1,500 essential phrases covering everyday situations. Each course also has up to 350 hours of audio lessons, which patrons can download to a portable device, or burn to a CD. Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of the entire community.
The second new database is ProQuest Historical newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993.) This database provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalelled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times.
Stop by the Library for an introduction to these databases, or access the programs via the Library website at www.sfplnj.org. For more information, contact the Reference Department of the Library at 1-973-376-4930 x228 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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