Mango Languages

How it works:

Mango Languages provides a self-paced learning program that teaches languages through relevant and topical dialogue using the four key components — vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture — for improving proficiency in another language. Our unique methodology features content and exercises crafted by expert linguists and language teachers that empower learners to comprehend, construct, and create conversations in the real world.

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Mango Languages

70+ languages & counting.
If you’re looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you’ve come to the right place. From Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, we’ve got you covered.

Follow the link below and enter your library card number to get started!
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Hoopla is now available at Colon Township Library!


Colon Township Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card!

Colon Township Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

To access the system on your mobile device, you will need to visit hoopladigital.com or download the FREE hoopla digital app from the App Store on your Android or IOS device. Simply ‘Sign Up’ to get started. There is no need to download an app or extension for your internet browser.

We hope you enjoy this new service and encourage you to share your experience on our Facebook Colon Township Library page!

Cheers,

Julie Censke
Library Director

Friends of the Library

friendsThe Friends support library programming such as summer reading, preschool storytimes, workshops, programs and other special events.

The Friends of the Colon Township Library meet quarterly on the second Monday of January, April, July and October at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

Annual fundraisers for the Friends include:

  • Flower Sale in May (with flats and hanging baskets pre-ordered in April)
  • Bingo
  • Book Sale in August and December. 

Friends of Libraries are non-profit, charitable groups formed to support libraries in communities. Friends of Libraries groups are often involved in fundraising, advocacy, volunteerism, public awareness campaigns, and literacy programs.

 

 

Yoga with Mindfulness for Kids

Feb YogaThis is a four week block of “Yoga with Mindfulness” for kids and teens. Yoga is an opportunity to counter the pressures of daily life and embrace challenges with more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem & body awareness, as well as physical activity that is non-competitive and lots of fun! Many benefits can be derived from yoga, such as flexibility, strength, coordination, breathing techniques, relaxation, and increased confidence.
Classes will be held on April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th, and May 14th.
To participate, you must call and register with the library. Space is limited, so register now. (269) 432-3958
Preschool-2nd Grade: 9:30am-10am
3rd Grade-6th Grade: 10:15am-10:45am
7th Grade-12th Grade: 11am-11:45am

This class requires a four week commitment, and a parent/guardian to sign a release of liability.

New Services at CTL!

picstitch (1)We are rolling out some new services for our patrons here at Colon Township Library. It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally able to provide color copies to patrons, as well as a host of other things detailed below, with service fees:

  • Color copies and prints – $0.25/page
  • Black and white copies and prints – $0.20/page
  • Self service B&W copies – $0.15/page
  • Faxing – $2.00 for the first page, $1.00 for each additional page
  • Scanning to email or thumb drive – $1.00 /page
  • CD and DVD resurfacing – $2.00/item

If you have any questions about any of these services, please contact us!

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

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The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) presented by The Library Network (TLN) debuted May 24! This statewide partnership offers enhanced access to arts and cultural organizations in Michigan.

MAP is an online program. Library users with a valid library card can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the nearly 60 participating institutions. Find out what discoveries await you by going to: http://michiganactivitypass.info. Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires within one week from the date it is printed. Each library will have five passes for each of the participating organizations available.

Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable.  The institution will collect the pass when you visit.  Special exhibits may not be covered, and other exclusions may apply.

Each library has access to five passes per week, per participating cultural partner. Passes will be available for checkout by library patrons during normal hours of operation. Please note that the pass is good for seven days from the day of checkout, unless a cultural partner is closed or has otherwise specified a “blackout day” when a pass may not be used. Only one MAP pass is available per library card.

Instructions:

From the start page, enter a location in box 1 [for best results, use a zipcode; when entering a city, please input city and state]. In box 3, begin typing and a dropdown menu of library names will appear. Select the appropriate response. Select “get passes” under your desired institution. Available dates will be shown.  Select “request pass.” Type in your information. Select “continue” to view and print your pass.

Click here for a map of participating locations.

Flower Sale 2014 a Success!

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We had quite a group of volunteers come out for our annual Friends of the Library Flower Sale, held on May 10th on the library lawn. The Flower Sale is the Friends’ biggest fund-raising event of the year, and usually brings in about $2000.00 that is then used for library programming. This year was no exception, and thanks to the Friends and volunteers and every who bought flowers this year, we will once again have a successful year of library programs to offer to our faithful patrons!

Christmas in Colon @ CTL!

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Hundreds of people came out to the Colon Township Library last Friday for the annual Christman in Colon event, and by hundreds I do mean hundreds.

We had reindeer in our yard, the Colon Garden Club upstairs putting on a gift-wrapping workshop for the kids, a children’s book giveaway by the Kiwanis of Colon, and the Friends of the Library Book Sale downstairs. The Kiwanis gave away nearly 150 books, there were more gifts wrapped for parents than our volunteers could count, and we made a nice chunk of cash for the Friends of the Library with the book sale. As always, we couldn’t be more impressed with the people of Colon, who braved some serious cold weather to attend our library functions, and we are happy to repay that dedication in any way we can.  We miss having Santa at the library, but we will certainly find ways to spread the holiday cheer without him!

What will we be doing next year? It’s a bit early to be revealing our secrets, but we hope to make it even bigger and better than ever. Stay tuned!

 

Ruth McNally Barshaw to Visit CTL!

images (3)We are very pleased to announce that Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of the popular kids book series Ellie McDoodle, will be visiting Colon Township Library on January 18th, 2014 at 10am. Barshaw plans to speak to attendees about her book, and will even be offering a short lesson on how to draw! Come out to CTL, meet the author, and have your own book signed. For more information about Ruth McNally Barshaw and the Ellie McDoodle series, please visit her website.