Summer Travels? Practice a new language with Mango Languages!

*To access Mango Languages, click on the databases tab toward the top right of the library’s website. Then click on M from the A-Z list and click on Mango Languages. (If you are off campus you will be prompted for your Pipeline username and password.)

Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a wide variety of popular languages, such as Spanish, German, French, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and many others. The first time you use Mango you may want to set up a personal profile. This will allow you to keep track of your learning progress and re-enter the program where you left off. If you just want to explore first, use the “START LEARNING” button.

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New Exhibit: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

Consul General of the Republic of Poland in the Burritt Library June 3rd

The S.A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of Polish Studies Program at CCSU sponsors an exhibit:

The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

Jan Karski (24 April 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter and later professor at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943 Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland,and the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive German-Nazi extermination camps.

The exhibit is on view from May 14th, 2014 till June 30th, 2014

Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd Floor, CCSU, New Britain, CT

On Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:00p.m. there will be a special talk in the library by Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Consul General of the Republic of Poland.

The exhibit is available for viewing during library opening hours.

The exhibit is organized by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, was created by the Polish History Museum. Funding was provided by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with additional funding from the National Endowment for Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition publication do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information contact Special Collections at 860 832-2085 or vickreyr@ccsu.edu

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See Burritt Library’s new Logo!!

The Elihu Burritt Library had a logo contest in the Spring of 2014. The library logo had to be recognizable across campus and to our outside audience. We wanted it to reflect the mission, culture and values of our library and the university.
What sets apart a great logo from a not so great one has to do with perception. It is the moment between looking at the logo and getting the message it conveys.

We received a variety of creative submissions. The library marketing committee, in cooperation with the CCSU Marketing and Communication department, selected a logo by Steven Janiga. Steven is majoring in Graphic Design and currently working at the CCSU Student Center doing Graphics and Web designs.

The new logo will be used online, in print, on publications and in displays. The winning logo represents all the qualities we were looking for.
Thank you to all participants and thank you Steven!

LibraryLogoFinal

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Love Your Library!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who signed the Declaration for the Right for Libraries yesterday afternoon!  If you were not able to attend and wanted to sign the Declaration, you can still do so online at  ilovelibraries.org, and you can read about the event in the New Britain Herald, in this article by Scott Whipple.

 

For those of you unfamiliar with the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, you can see that there are many reasons to sign!

LIBRARIES CHANGE LIVES

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society. Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL.  Whether developing skills to succeed in school, looking for a job, exploring possible careers, having a baby, or planning retirement, people of all ages turn to libraries for instruction, support, and access to computers and other resources to help them lead better lives.

LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING.  Many children and adults learn to read at their school and public libraries via story times, research projects, summer reading, tutoring and other opportunities. Others come to the library to learn the technology and information skills that help them answer their questions, discover new interests, and share their ideas with others.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES.  Families find a comfortable, welcoming space and a wealth of resources to help them learn, grow and play together.

LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER.  Libraries serve people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. For many people, libraries provide resources that they could not otherwise afford – resources they need to live, learn, work and govern.

LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES.  Libraries bring people together, both in person and online, to have conversations and to learn from and help each other. Libraries provide support for seniors, immigrants and others with special needs.

LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW.  Our right to read, seek information, and speak freely must not be taken for granted. Libraries and librarians actively defend this most basic freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION.  The economic health and successful governance of our nation depend on people who are literate and informed. School, public, academic, and special libraries support this basic right.

LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP.  Knowledge grows from knowledge. Whether doing a school assignment, seeking a cure for cancer, pursuing an academic degree, or developing a more fuel efficient engine, scholars and researchers of all ages depend on the knowledge and expertise that libraries and librarians offer.

LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.  People from all walks of life come together at libraries to discuss issues of common concern. Libraries provide programs, collections, and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from our differences.

LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE.  The past is key to our future.  Libraries collect, digitize, and preserve original and unique historical documents that help us to better understand our past, present and future.

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