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Community - August 4, 2010

Library offers new language courses

Learning a new language is a click away. The Menlo Park Library now offers online courses in 25 foreign languages and English lessons for native speakers of 14 languages. The free service launched June 21 and can be used from people's home computers.

"I've been brushing up on basic French," said Susan Holmer, library director. "It's very simple to use."

The library signed a $2,000 contract with the language-learning company Mango after a previous provider, Rosetta Stone, stopped selling its program to libraries, she said.

Rosetta Stone spokesperson Reilly Brennan said its program is now available only for in-library use. "We recognize the value of the services provided by the public libraries, but did not feel that it was appropriate to continue to offer Rosetta Stone in this manner."

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