Head to the ONLINE Library – Learn a new language

The Hamilton Public Library has been my saving grace during this isolation period (due to Covid-19 spread). Fortunately, I have been working with the library through my job and partnerships between the HWDSB Enrichment and Innovation Centre and the HPL and have benefited greatly (especially now).


While my favourite tool is the Libby App (I can download dozens of books), my family and I have agreed to all learn a new language using the HPL provided a license for Mango Language. We spend about one hour per day going through the lessons (I’ve chosen Japanese).

  1. Go to: HPL ONLINE (found on the sidebar)

2.  It will be hard not to explore all of the options found on the HPL online, but I would start by going to the “Reference/Research” section. Here, you can find many tools, including “Mango Languages”. This is where we have been for the last two weeks. There are more than 70 languages to choose from.




As a teacher, I hope that my students access this tool as there are so many benefits to knowing another language. When this isolation period is over, I plan to organize” language clubs” (like a book club) where we can learn a new language together.