By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library District
Je t’aime. Te amo. Ich liebe dich. They all say the same: I love you. But somehow, je t’aime, the French version, seems more sophisticated (and really, more loving) than the plain old English words.
In February, we tend to think about words of endearment a little more often. We’re getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day: “Yeah, yeah, I still love ya!” We’re saying goodbye to football season: “Until next year, ich liebe dich and farewell!” And we’re eagerly awaiting the best day in February: “Te amo, my pepperoni friend!” That’s right—National Pizza Day is on February 9th. Honor it with all of your heart.
Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to say, “I love you,” in another language? Wouldn’t it be even better to know lots of words in another language that might make someone else swoon?
The St. Charles City-County Library makes it possible for you to learn another language...for free. The Mango Languages program, available on the library’s website, offers a choice of 72 different languages. You can choose Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Greek, even…Pirate? (Yes! “Belay yer carousin’ and haul wind smartly!” is one of the first sentences you will translate in your Pirate lessons. If you’re nervous, this language is a good one to try first.)
Maybe your diet is broken and your house is still a mess. February is a good time to try those New Year’s resolutions all over again. Nibble a carrot stick while you learn Italian. Vacuum and tidy with headphones on and Japanese in your ear. This goal is one you can keep and will be lots of fun to do. Go to www.youranswerplace.org and click on e-resources. Scroll down to Mango Languages to get started. If the computer seems like its own foreign language, stop by your local library branch for some help, or check out a book, video, or set of CDs to learn another way. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning series offers a good variety of language lessons in book form and are available at the library. (Don’t allow the title to discourage you in any way.) Unfortunately, pirate is not a language offered outside of the Mango lessons.
Don’t let January’s departure discourage you from trying something new. Learn to LOVE another language at the library. And feel free to practice your new language skills at one of these upcoming programs.
• Game On—Big Time! (Augusta) Mon. Feb. 19th, Tues. Feb. 20th, or Thurs. Feb. 21st, 1:00-7:00 p.m. Drop in to play life-size versions of your favorite games. Big Jenga, Big Connect 4, Big Checkers…all BIG fun.
• Friendship Rocks! (Augusta), Mon., Feb. 26th or Tues., Feb. 27th, 1:00-7:00 p.m. Paint a rock to inspire and make someone smile. Each artist can drop in to paint 2 rocks.
• Mah Jongg* (Boone’s Trail) Thurs., Feb. 1st and Thurs., Feb. 15th, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Keep your brain sharp and your social circle large! Join us to learn and play Mah Jongg every other Thursday.
• Wine Charms (Augusta), Mon. Feb 5th, Tues. Feb 6th, or Thurs. Feb 8th, 1:00-7:00 p.m. drop in. Create a set of wine charms to adorn your glasses of yummy red or white. This is a make-and-take workshop.
• Fiction Fans Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), Mon, Feb. 12th at 6:00 p.m. Read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, then join us for great discussion.
• I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Feb. 13th, 2:00 p.m. Learn how to use your scraps to construct a stunning string quilt. Plus, our Mystery Challenge begins. Don’t miss it! (And don’t forget Show and Tell.)
• New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Feb. 15th, 10:00 a.m. This month’s selection is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Join us!
• Book Discussion (Augusta), Mon., Feb. 19th, 2:00 p.m. We’ll discuss Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. Pick up your copy at the library.
• Movie Talk: Facing the Giants* (Boone’s Trail) Mon, Feb. 26th, 6:00 p.m. If you love movies, join us for Movie Talk! Watch “Facing the Giants” (available for checkout at the library) on your own, then join us for a great discussion and a tasty treat.
• Knit-a-Long (Augusta), Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, or just love to chat, join the Augusta Knitting Club every week to work on your project and socialize.
• Coffee at the Library (Augusta), Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Come in for a fresh cup of hot goodness while you browse the library’s latest materials.
• Valentine’s Day Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Feb. 6th, 6:00 pm or Thurs., Feb. 8th, 10:30 a.m. It’s time to love one another! Story time is open to children ages 2-6.
• Tale Waggers* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Feb. 13th at 6:00 p.m. If you get nervous about reading aloud, come try reading to a dog. Dogs are good and patient listeners. Presented by Love on a Leash.
• Pets Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Feb. 20th, 6:00 p.m. or Thurs., Feb. 22nd, 10:30 a.m. Do you have a cat? A dog? A lizard? A lion? Come hear stories about pets of all kinds.
• Lady Liberty is Here! (Augusta), Mon., Feb. 26th or Tues., Feb. 27th, 1:00-7:00 p.m. Drop in to learn fun facts about the Statue of Liberty, then color a bookmark to take home.
• Strawbees (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Feb. 27th, 6:00 p.m. Join us on the last Tuesday of every month for Kidz Club, where we have an activity for school-age students. This month, build with fun straws and connectors called Strawbees. See what you can create!
*Register at www.youranswerplace.org or call Boone’s Trail at 636-398-6200 or Augusta at 636-228-4855.
Boone’s Trail and Augusta branches are open Mon. and Tues. from 12:00 noon-8:00 p.m., Thurs. from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Sat. from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Boone’s Trail is also open Wed. from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.