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Longmont Library Unveils New Programs for the New Year

January 4, 2019
Hannah McCullar and her daughter Eliza, play an educational computer game on July 11 in the children's section at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. The library has unveiled new programs — The Great Courses, Acorn TV and Pronunciator — that can be streamed by library card holders from anywhere with Wi-Fi, as well as a new a new option to "Book a Librarian" for one-on-one assistance.

In the age of the internet people sometimes forget about the services their tax dollars pay for at public libraries. However, after unveiling four new programs this year — including free streaming access to The Great Courses, Acorn TV and Pronunciator — the Longmont Public Library hopes more people will take advantage of its offerings.

“We noticed that usage numbers weren’t where they should be with our language program, Rocket Language , which is usually one of the most popular features at libraries, so we are starting looking at other programs that might serve our visitors better,” said Teresa Myers , marketing and communications specialist for the library. “After seeing Pronunciator the decision to switch was a no-brainer.”

Pronunciator offers lessons for more than 80 languages and allows for learning on the go with the Pronunciator app. The service also includes teacher-led conversation classes, streamable and downloadable audio lessons, as well as intensive, deep dive, multi-week, structured courses.

For those students dedicated to learning English, Pronunciator has ESL courses taught in 55 non-English languages, and it also includes ProCitizen courses, specifically designed for U.S. immigrants to succeed at the naturalization test. It even provides language lessons for toddlers.

While Pronunciator is only $500 more than the $1,500 charge for Rocket Language, streaming access to The Great Courses and Acorn TV, an online streaming entertainment service featuring television and films from Great Britain, cost $10,000 a year.

Due to the expense, the library ran a pilot program throughout August. Over the month 122 people used the program resulting in roughly four new “students” a day.

All of the programs can be streamed from anywhere that has access to Wi-Fi, as long as the user has a library card.

Finally, for those with questions for a librarian, the website now offers the option to “Book a Librarian” for one-on-one assistance.

“We had long lines forming on the second floor when people were looking for assistance,” Myers said. “This way people can book a librarian and take as long as they need.”

John Spina: 303-473-1389, jspina@times-call.com or twitter.com/jsspina24

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