Language Learning Courses for 60 Languages Now Available at GRRL Libraries

Pronunciator, the world’s largest language learning service, is now available free of charge at Great River Regional Library (GRRL). Through the library’s subscription, cardholders have access to Pronunciator at all 32 library locations and also from home.

Learners can choose from 60 languages in the Pronunciator database, including European languages, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian and Hebrew. Language learning through Pronunciator is self-guided and interactive with options for both written and spoken language. Users simply enter their native language, choose a language they want to learn, then select a unit and lesson. Three thousand courses are available with three million online lessons and a range of learning levels. The service also has 45,000 hours of MP3 files that users can download for learning on the go.

•             Pronunciator’s first level provides important vocabulary

•             the second provides important verbs in conjugation

•             the third combines them into simple sentences

•             the fourth includes phrases for tourists and travelers

•             the fifth is a virtual conversation mode.

A library card is required in order to establish an online account with Pronunciator. Computers are available at all GRRL locations. Please contact your local library to obtain a library card and determine local procedures for reserving computer time.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

Contact: Karen Pundsack

Patron Services Coordinator

320-650-2516

Free Art Books from DUC

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city public libraries, public schools and alternative reading centers nationwide.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the DUC´s 2012 catalogue of brand new art books (and journals, and DVDs)!

You may now browse the selection of titles from new and returning art publishers on our website, www.ducprogram.org, where you may also place your order.  As always, all materials are shipped completely free of charge!

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

There are no restrictions on the number of titles you may request.

However, we must make certain we serve as many communities as possible with our limited resources.  We kindly ask that you order only what you need.

Each institution may place one order per calendar year.  Please consult with your colleagues and place one order on behalf of your institution; multiple orders from the same school or library will not be filled.

Once you reach the final stage of the ordering process, you will be taken to a screen listing your book requests.  This page also contains a tab that reads `EMAIL ORDER/RESERVE BOOKS´ in the top right and the bottom right corners.  You MUST click on this tab in order to submit your order (only then are the books deducted from our inventory and held for you). After your order has been submitted, you will receive an automatically-generated confirmation email.  If you do not receive this email, or if you experience any other problems, please contact us (and, if possible, do not close this final screen until we are able to confirm that the order was submitted successfully).

Due to the large volume of orders we receive, it may take up to three months to process and ship the books you request-your patience is appreciated.

One final reminder: the mission of the DUC is to distribute free art books to rural, inner city, and other underserved public schools and libraries (including correctional facility libraries).  We are unable to fill orders from private institutions.

If you have questions about the program or the ordering process, feel free to contact us at info@ducprogram.org or (212) 255-2919.

We hope you enjoy the books!

The DUC Library Program

Art Resources Transfer, Inc.

The DUC aims to actively further a more egalitarian access to contemporary art, and is committed to fostering partnerships between publishers, non-profit organizations, librarians and readers to enrich and diversify library collections.  The program offers several hundred titles by a roster of major museum, gallery, and art publishers.  The program reaches readers in all 50 states and has placed over 300,000 free books in public libraries, schools, and alternative pedagogical venues.

The DUC is a program of Art Resources Transfer, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1987, that is committed to documenting and supporting artists’ voices and work, and making these voices accessible to the broadest possible audience.

www.artresourcestransfer.org

Registration Open for Reading Rocktober

Announcing Reading Rocktober! Registration now open!

School’s back in session and there’s no better time to rock out with your favorite book! Our friend, Read-it, has been reading across Minnesota all summer, and now you can join him in a NEW reading adventure!

Reading Rocktober is an exciting new program where learners of all ages can receive prizes just for doing what they already love, READING! It’s simple: By setting reading goals and meeting them, students become eligible to receive rewards from participating sponsors.

By instilling a love of reading at a young age, students will develop a greater appreciation for reading that will continue their whole lives. Even more important, improved literacy and reading skills can help a student improve in other subjects as well.

Educators, sign up your students and encourage them to:

•Read for fun

•Read more often

•Improve their reading skills and overcome reading obstacles

Join Read-It, grab a book and Rock on!

To register: http://readingrocksmn.com/index.html

This program is offered in collaboration with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and community sponsors.

For more information contact:

Kari Ross

Reading Specialist

MN Department of Education

kari.d.ross@state.mn.us

2012 MEMO Fall Conference Registration

ATTENTION ALL SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS, TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATIONISTS, AND TECHNOLOGY COORDINATORS!!!!

Back to school and tired already? Trying to get the spring back in your step? The 2012 MEMO Fall Conference can fix that. Don’t delay, register today!

 

Leading Change: MEMO 2012 Fall Conference

October 11-13, 2012

River’s Edge Conference Center and Kelly Inn

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Register: http://www.tfaforms.com/239647

  (Register by September 15th for a special early-bird rate!)

Conference Schedules: http://memotech.ning.com/page/2012-fall-conference

Don’t forget to reserve a room at the Kelly Inn!
They have a block of rooms for the MEMO conference for $99 each night.
Free parking, free wireless Internet.

100 4th Avenue South • St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301
Phone: (320) 253-0606
Directions: http://www.bestwesternstcloud.com/location.php

 

What you will get:

Keynote Speakers – Not just ONE but THREE! (1 + 1 + 1 = 3!!!)

 

Kathy Schrock                                                      

Shannon Miller                                                                   

Gail Lovely        

AND…

Special Guest Author Mary Amato

WITH… over 50 sessions on topics like:

Flipped Classroom

Demystifying Digital Publishing

Google Literature Trips

ELM Mobile

iPads

Using Infographics

AND don’t forget there is a special one day preconference event: Tap Into Technology –  with strands for technology coordinators and administrators, integrationists, and technology support specialists.

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Teach With Tablets

A partnership between 3M and the education nonprofit Digital Wish offers parents, teachers and administrators the opportunity to win new tablets for their schools. Called 3M Screens for Schools, this new grant program will award one school up to $25,000 in funding to be used toward the purchase of tablets and 3M Screen Protectors. To apply for the grant, visit 3M Screen Protector’s Facebook page. 3M will donate $1 to Digital Wish for every eligible person who “likes” the page and another $1 for every person who shares 3M Screens for School’s message on his or her Facebook page. Interested parties can also submit a 200- to 500-word essay explaining (1) why the school needs the award for new tablets and how the new tablets would change the school for the better; (2) if the school is awarded the new tablets, how learning would be enhanced for students and teaching enhanced for educators; and (3) what other creative fundraising, if any, the school has undertaken in an effort to bring new technologies into the classroom. Only one entry is permitted per person, but multiple entries—including submissions from teachers and school administrators—can be made on behalf of one school.
Deadline: September 12, 2012
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