Mango Languages — Learn a Foreign Language Online!

Learning another language is both useful and recreational. Did you leave your heart in Hawaii after you last trip? Did you take French in high school, but you can’t remember anything about it from so many years ago? Are you planning a trip to Greece? All of these are great reasons to consider learning a foreign language.

Maybe you’ve come in to the library only to find out that all the German language learning CDs are checked out, or we don’t have anything at all for the language you’re interested in learning. Did you know the library subscribes to an online database called Mango Languages? This database guides you, step-by-step, through the acquisition of another language and has everything you might have found in the old books, tapes, and CDs. There’s even an app so you can study the language(s) of your choices on your smartphone or other mobile device.

Mango Languages offers courses in more than four dozen languages, so the one you’re interested in learning is likely to be represented. In August our library patrons were most likely to use Mango Languages to study German, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian), Pirate (yes, you read that correctly), Telugu, and Latin. Other popular choices such as French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), and Russian are also available. There are also English as a second language courses for native speakers of Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Getting started is easy. Go to this page, scroll down until you find Mango Languages, and click on the link. You will need your library card number to create an account using the password of your choosing. After that, you will be able to log in using your library card number as your username and the password you have created. You must hold a Chatham Area Public Library card to use this database. If you hold a card from another public library, check your home library’s website to see if Mango Languages is available to you.

Check Out Our New Databases

The library has recently subscribed to three new databases. Please take a look and let us know what you think!

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services, access to product buying advice, safety alerts, recalls, as well as Consumer Reports’ unbiased product and service ratings and recommendations.

Simply enter your Chatham Area Public Library Card number for access from outside of the library.

Learning Express Library

Practice tests, reviews, and skills preparation for basic subjects from elementary school through college levels, common standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, GED, and U.S. Citizenship Tests, and skills for adults including job interviewing and resume writing.

Create your account using your Chatham library card number as your username and a password of your choosing.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.

Create your account using your Chatham library card number as your username and a password of your choosing.

Visit our website to get started.

A Little about EBSCOhost

Do you need magazine or journal articles for a school or other project? Need an idea of where to start? The Library has one resource that’s great for this kind of research–EBSCOhost’s MAS Ultra, which is a full-text database of more than 350 magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals including such titles as The Nation, National Geographic, Scientific American, Time, Newsweek, and many others.

To access EBSCOhost, go to the Library’s website, then click on “Resources” in the left-hand navigation panel. EBSCOhost can be found under several of the categories listed there: “Business/Law,” “Health/Medicine,” “Literature, English, Social Sciences,” and “Science, Technology, Mathematics.” Click on any of these categories, and then on the “EBSCOhost” link. After that, click on the link that says, “Search magazines here,” and then on the link that says, “MAS Ultra–Public Library Edition.” Chatham patrons, please contact the library for usernames and passwords to gain access.

If you need full-text articles, then you should click the check box near the middle on the left side of the screen that says “Full Text.” The database has many items that are full-text, but it also includes many records that have the citation only. Once you have conducted your search–you can do a simple keyword search or enter limitations as to year, publication type, and even whether the article has a picture, graph, or map in it–look at the bottom of the record for a link (highlighted with a yellow background) that says either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text. The difference between the two is that the PDF version will retain all the formatting and look of the original publication–including any pictures or illustrations, whereas the HTML version will be plain text.

With either the HTML or PDF full text article, once you have accessed the article, you have several options. Icons at the top of the screen will allow you to print, save, or email the file to yourself. If you click on the “cite this article” icon, you will see the citation for the article in a variety of styles: MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and others. If you use a program like EndNote or ProCite, you can even export citations to those or similar programs.

We encourage you to check out EBSCOhost for your research needs. As with any database (or other library materials and services), remember that the library staff is willing and able to assist you.

New! – World Book Online Subscribtion

The library has recently subscribed to World Book Online, which you can access from any library computer with internet (click here) or from your home computer (click here).  You will need to enter your library card number for remote access.  Our World Book Online subscription consists of three parts:  World Book Online Info Finder, World Book for Kids, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.


World Book Online Info Finder Public Library Edition is the optimal resource for patrons in elementary and middle school seeking help with their homework and research projects.  It includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools, and features rich multimedia, a collection of age-appropriate science fair projects, a Biography Center, virtual tours, video showcases, links to current events and world newspapers, 21st-century research skills, and much more.

Key features include:
• More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
• Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies searchable by gender, field of endeavor, nationality, and time period
• Comprehensive multimedia collections, including World Book Explores video library and geography resource guides
• Thousands of high-quality Web links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors
• Powerful research tools, including a Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized My Research accounts
• Convenient one-click dictionary
• Dynamic Interactive Earth feature, including the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags, and more
• Science projects and experiments, including a collection of last-minute projects
• Current magazines


World Book Online for Kids was designed specifically to meet the needs of primary school aged library patrons.  This site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger children.

Key features include:
• Thousands of easy-to-read articles
• Engaging images and illustrations
• Interactive games and activities
• Interactive maps
• Outline maps and flags
• A biography center
• Science projects
• Teacher resources


The redesigned Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.

Key features include:
• Search and browse options make finding content easy.
• Dozens of hands-on activities engage different learning styles.
• The World of Animals feature allows users to explore a wealth of animal facts, images, and videos, and compare animals side by side.
• A Spanish visual dictionary helps young learners clarify word meanings and grasp complex visual topics in Spanish and English.
• Bilingual features allow users to switch between Spanish and English content.

Milestone Documents in American History

Attention history buffs and history students!  The Chatham Area Public Library has a new resource just for you.  Milestone Documents in American History is now more than just a book–although it is a book that can be found in the reference section under call number 973 MIL.  But if you’re at home and can’t make it to the library, you still have access to this important reference material online; all you need to access it is your library card number.

What documents might you expect to find in this database?  Some examples include:  Revolutionary era standards such as Patrick Henry’s ‘Liberty or Death’ speech, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. Important Presidential sources include Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Franklin Roosevelt’s speech following the attack on Pearl Harbor, John F. Kennedy’s 1963 address on integration, and George W. Bush’s address on September 11, 2001. Influential decisions of the Supreme Court are also included, from Marbury v. Madison to Brown v. Board of Education to Bush v. Gore. Critical documents related to minority rights are also present: Andrew Jackson’s message ‘On Indian Removal,’ the Seneca Falls Declaration, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and the Equal Rights Amendment.

While the full text of these primary documents is one major aspect of the database, that’s not all you get.  Learn more about the document and its place in history from the other information that is included in each entry.  This additional information includes a timeline, information about the document’s author and intended audience, a glossary, bibliography for further research, a discussion of the document’s impact, essential quotes from the document, and cross-references to related documents.

Working on Genealogy? Try our HeritageQuest Database!

Search HeritageQuest Online, with over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSITM, and other expanding collections. HeritageQuest Online gives you the chance to tap in to one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country for those who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work are still uncovering their past.

To access HeritageQuest Online, click on the above link and enter your barcode number (no spaces) from the back of your Chatham Area Public Library card

Oh no! It’s the end of the semester, do you need help with your research?

The Chatham Area Public Library is here to help!  We have many resources to help you pass your classes with flying colors!  Listed below are the of the databases that you can use from home!

*** In order to use these databases, you must call the Chatham Area Public Library (483-2713) to obtain username and password information.

*** In order to use these databases, you need to know your library barcode number.  If you don’t know your number, you can call the Chatham Area Public Library (483-2713)to obtain this information.

  • America’s Newsbank. This database focuses on topics of current interest. They include content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested search terms. New information is added daily to featured and current reports. Use your Chatham Area Public Area barcode for access
  • EBSCOHOST, a database of over 400 popular and educational magazines, many in full text. To use this database, please call the Chatham Area Public Library (483-2713) with your library card number to obtain the username and password.
  • FirstSearch Search this collection that has 16 free databases, courtesy of the Illinois State Library. Three of these databases offer full-text access to periodicals. Researchers can search for full-text articles in ERIC, a database on Education, Medline, a database on medicine, WilsonSelectPlus, a database on science, humanities, education and business and ECO and Article First, databases full of scholarly journals.  Access requires a username (100-109-287) and password (ensue*ret).
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Search this electronic book database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research such as art, business, education, history, science and many more.  These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.  Patrons can use this database and the Opposing Viewpoints database together to enhance searching capabilities. To use Gale Virtual Reference Library, type in your library card barcode (on back of card) with the password: Chathamarea.
  • Novelist Search this an electronic readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children’s “chapter” books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. Through its easy-to-use interface, NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveList retrieves titles that contain these words in the book’s subject headings field. In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists and 1,800 fiction related web-sites. To use NoveList, please call the Chatham Area Public Library (483-2713) with your library card number to obtain the username and password.
  • Opposing Viewpoints Search this database for controversial issues and current event topics–the facts as well as the arguments of each topic’s proponents and detractors. Opposing Viewpoints draws from the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources. To use Opposing Viewpoints, type in your library card barcode (on back of card) with the password: Chathamarea.
  • SIRS Researcher for thousands of full-text articles on a variety of social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, political and global issues in the SIRS Researcher database, and on Architecture & Design, Culture, Literature, Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy & Religion and Visual Arts from the SIRS Renaissance database.  Articles are selected from around 1500 newspapers, magazines, journals and government publications. Please call the Chatham Area Public Library (483-2713) with your library card number to obtain the username and password.
  • Teen Health & Wellness Search this database for a one-stop self-help resource and fully interactive online community center for teen health and wellness.  It also has many useful resources for medical, health social issues subjects. To use the Teen Health & Wellness website, please call the Chatham Area Public Library (483-2713) with your library card number to obtain the username and password.

Need help finding information, but the library is closed?

Use Ask?Away Illinois.  With this online chat service, patrons can talk directly to librarians, no matter what day or time, 24/7.  Patrons of the Chatham Area Public Library are welcome to use this service at anytime, day or night.

For more information, read the press release from the Illinois State Library:

“Internet users will be able to ask questions of participating librarians for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Jesse White. “Ask?Away Illinois will greatly complement the outstanding reference service patrons already receive when they visit their local libraries in person.”

Many Internet users wonder about the accuracy and reliability of information they find on the Internet. Ask?Away Illinois ensures that answers are being provided by highly trained professional librarians, including public, school, medical, college and university librarians. Internet users want all kinds of information. The various libraries represented in this initiative will offer the most comprehensive Internet reference service available.

Librarians from more than 100 Illinois academic, public, school and special libraries and regional library systems are participating in Ask?Away Illinois by serving as librarians who will answer questions posed online. Ask?Away Illinois is funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is administered by the Illinois State Library and Wisconsin Library Services. Ask?Away Illinois also utilizes the services of the 24/7 Reference Consortium, a group of hundreds of librarians across the country and world who work together to provide reference services.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for citizens to use the expertise and resources available at their local library from their home or work computers,” said White.

Ask?Away uses QuestionPoint, which was developed by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Library of Congress and the 24/7 Reference Consortium. This global network of librarians enables questions to be referred to local, national and international experts for further follow-up when appropriate.

Search America’s Genealogy Bank from home!

America’s GenealogyBank provides Web-based access to millions of the United States’ core genealogical records from 1690 to the present day. Through basic name search and advanced search options, genealogists can easily find and browse digital images of American historical genealogies, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents and other essential primary sources. It also provides the full text of modern U.S. newspaper obituaries and enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records

To use this resource, go to our website ( and click on resources.  From there, click on Online Databases, then Genealogy.  From home, use your library card number for access.

Writing a research paper?

Check out the the SIRS database!  If you need full-text articles from encyclopedias, journals and magazines, this is the place for you!  Worried about writing on controversial issues?  Have no fear!  The SIRS database has already collected many popular topics and put them together for even easier access to important information.  Check out the link below to see:


Come into the library to use this great resource!