‘Ahoy me hearty, I reckon thar be swashbucklin’ ahead!’
Oh, there are many reasons to speak pirate: To set sail on the open seas and plunder to your heart’s content, to thoroughly enjoy the new summer blockbuster, to be the life of the party at your next get together with friends, to get the most out of International Talk Like a Pirate Day in September, or even to ask for that special someone’s hand in marriage in the most unique way possible (wouldn’t that be a story!). Whatever your intentions, the Garfield County Libraries now have a way for you to take a crash course in pirate.The libraries subscribe to an online language learning database called Mango. It teaches all kinds of different languages with interactive software. Recently, Mango announced a new, limited-time offer for all us landlubbers. A “Learn to Speak Pirate” course is now available online.With Mango’s pirate course, learn to call someone names, express surprise, give sailing commands, greet a friend or superior (we hope you have a boss with a sense of humor), or pay a compliment. What’s truly interesting about this course is how it gives background and cultural notes about pirates, and explains how phrases were born.The “Learn to Speak Pirate” is a free course offered through Mango. Access it by going to http://www.gcpld.org and following the link by the pirate flag. Those who enjoy the pirate course may also enjoy learning one of the other languages available through Mango. To access those courses, you’ll need a Garfield County Libraries card. Sign in through the library’s research page (www.gcpld.org/research). There you’ll find all the libraries’ databases, including Mango. All are free to use with your library card. For more information or assistance, visit your local library. “I may tell ye plainly, ye be a fine gentleman or lass o’ fortune with Mango booty. Arrr!”
The Aspen Community Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Garfield County Public Library Foundation to assist the libraries’ Summer Reading Program. The libraries have begun registration for the program “Read Every Day” which will run through July 31. Children, teens and adults can all participate and earn rewards for reading. Additionally, the libraries will offer free programs throughout the summer, including Charlie “The Noiseguy” Williams, the Denver Zoo, “Bugs, Bon Appetit” – where participants will eat bugs – and more. Visit your local library or go to http://www.gcpld.org for more information.
Art in the Stacks continues at the Rifle Branch Library with featured artist Lanny Grant. Native to Colorado, Grant developed an early love and respect for the mountains surrounding his father’s ranch near Silt. He has evolved his own techniques of translating impressions gathered from nature. Grant feels the spontaneity of composition and accuracy of color that results from painting on location is invaluable, and often paints in the High Country of Colorado, Wyoming and Canada. In 2002, Grant was commissioned to create a painting of Mount of the Holy Cross to commemorate Pope John Paul II’s visit to Colorado. The painting is now part of the permanent art collection at the Vatican in Rome. Another of his works now hangs in the State Capitol building in Denver. His paintings have also been featured for years as popular greeting cards by the Leanin’ Tree Publishing Company in Boulder.Grant will be at the Rifle Branch Library for an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 10. Come by for refreshments and a short talk by the artist. Grant’s work will be on display through July in the library’s Colorado Room. For information, call 625-3471.
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