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It feels like the holidays have come early to the library! Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Bastrop Library we have a brand-new service to share with our members: Mango Languages!
Mango is a website—or app you can download on your phone or tablet—that is an interactive language-learning portal. Mango is great if you fit one of these:
There are over 70 languages you can learn with Mango including Spanish, French, Urdu, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, and so much more! Click here to see the full list.
To access Mango, follow these steps:
No matter what language you speak—or want to learn with Mango-- we want to wish you a happy holidays! Trevlig Helg! ?? ??Ii Ii holide eximnandi! Forhe Feiertage!
Dianne Tripp, Friend of the Library
Freedom by Sebastian Junger
As usual, Junger writes with clarity about the human struggle for survival, autonomy, and interdependence. This book tackles the idea of freedom, and it’s a fascinating journey about four friends and a dog walking the railroad lines from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh for almost a year: camping, cooking, sleeping, and depending on one another for safety and support. This memoir is less Wild by Cheryl Strayed and more On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Find it: 323.44 Jun + Libby ebooks
Becky Bennett, library board member
Violeta by Isabel Allende
Violeta Del Valle is born in 1920, the same year that the Spanish flu arrives in Chile, her home. In the 100 years of her life, she recalls the changes, disasters, and upheavals of the 20th century as well as the births, deaths, marriages, and love affairs that punctuate her own story. Allende has created another masterpiece that whisks the reader through the last century, offering readers fascinating and endearing characters. The world events in Violeta’s life may be familiar, but Allende presents them in a way that demonstrates the cyclical nature of history and offers a subtle warning about the present.
Find it: NOV All + SPA F All + Libby ebooks
Brenda Smith, library volunteer:
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
You don't want to mess with women of a certain age, and definitely not four seasoned assassins! After 40 years with the "Museum," four friends and coworkers embark on a retirement cruise...only to learn that they are, themselves, targeted for death. Well....too bad for anyone who was part of this endeavor to eliminate these ladies. How about four female James Bonds out for revenge? How many of their attackers will remain? Will the ladies extinguish their own killers before being caught? Although they might not use modern technology, they have been trained quite well! What an enjoyable and exciting read for this "girl of a certain age."
Find it: MYS Ray (New)
Kat Durham, library staff
Rewilding: Bringing Wildlife Back Where It Belongs by David A. Steen and Chiara Fedele
Do you have an elementary-aged kid who loves animals, especially the conservation of animals? This is the perfect book for them! Rewilding is the restoration of land back to its uncultivated state, and the beautiful illustrations will surely inspire the animal- and nature-lovers in your family.
Find it: J 333.72 Ste (New)