One of my favorite authors is Mitch Albom. When the coronavirus pandemic started Mitch Albom decided to write a real-time novel about hope. Each week he posted a chapter of the book. I read an interview where he talked about the process of writing this book. Unlike published books, this book was unedited, there were no rewrites, it was just his words typed out and put online. The book is about four families that share a single street corner. They have become close over the years and get together each weekend. One family is of Chinese descent and during the book, you see how hard it is for this family as criticism against their heritage arises. There is a doctor and his family. He faces many challenges as this virus progresses and eventually hits him personally. The town preacher struggles when he is notified to shut down his church. Will he follow his faith and put other lives in danger? The fourth family runs the local mill in town. His shelves are empty and supplies are hard to get. He and his wife deal with rude customers and rebellion in his own family. The housekeeper of one family is the mother of a very special little boy named Moses. Why has Moses never been sick? What secret is his mother hiding and why does she think he is the answer to healing the world? Mitch Albom wrote this book to provide a ray of hope and I believe he did that for me.
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Aquariums and Zoos
Tune in on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CST, for live Virtual Visits on the Sedgwick County Zoo Facebook page where they bring the Zoo to you with educational tidbits from our keepers and behind the scenes looks at some of your favorite animals.
Mango languages is a fun, interactive, and free way to learn over 70 languages! With each lesson, Mango includes critical thinking and memory-building exercises, grammar and culture notes, voice comparison, pronunciation practice, and vocabulary building all with a focus on language construction and conversation. Mango adapts to your learning style making language learning fun and easy!
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How much does Mango Languages cost?
It’s free with your Kansas State Library card!
I don’t have a Kansas State Library card. How do I get one?
Sign up in person at any Kansas library. You will need your driver’s license (with a current address or a piece of mail with your current address) and an email address. Kansas State Library cards are good for three years and can be renewed in person at any Kansas library.
Does Mango Languages have a mobile app?
Yes! The Mango Languages app is available for Android, iOS, and Fire tablets.
Download the Mango Languages app in your device’s app store, create an account, and when asked to subscribe, select “Find Mango” at the bottom of the page and search for Andover Public Library in Kansas. When prompted for your library card number, enter your Kansas State Library card number.
If I have fines at APL, can I still use Mango?
Yes! Even if you have fines at APL, you can still use Mango Languages and the Mango Languages apps with your Kansas State Library card.
Do I have to be at the library to use it?
No! With the Mango mobile app, you can take language learning on the go.
How does Mango Languages work?
Check out the video above for a quick introduction to Mango Languages. See more on Mango’s website and find more tutorials and videos on their YouTube page.
How do I create an account?
Desktop: On the Mango homepage, click Sign Up to create a user profile with your Kansas State Library card number and password or click on Use Mango as a Guest. If you previously created an account, log in with the email address and password you used when you first created an account with Mango.
App: Download the Mango Languages app through your device’s app store. If you already have a Mango account, click Log In and sign in your email address and password. If you have not used Mango Languages before, click on Sign Up and create an account using your preferred email address.
When prompted to subscribe to Mango, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Find Mango. Enter Andover’s zip code (67002) into the search bar and select Andover Public Library in Andover, Kansas.
Enter your Kansas State Library card number into the box for access to Mango Languages.