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Learn a Language Online

Transparent Language Online

This great resource is free with your library card!

Transparent Language Online offers unlimited access to more than 80 online language courses, packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons.


  • 80+ languages
  • Proficiency tests
  • Supplementary vocabulary lists
  • Beginner English for speakers of 24 languages
  • 33 lessons for each language
  • Choice to write or speak answers
  • Interactive games and learning materials
  • Option to slow down on-screen examples for pronunciation practice
  • No requirements for additional media
  • Ability to record, play back and compare your speech to that of a native speaker
  • Learned Items Refresh System for retaining what you’ve learned

Learn on the go with the Transparent Language Online mobile app called Byki Mobile for iOS and Android!

Closed 4th of July

The Library will be closed Friday, July 4th for the holiday. We’ll open again the following Monday at 9:00 am.

Expanded Collection of Animated Picture Books for Kids

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We’re now subscribed to TumblePremium which combines three collections (TumbleBookLibrary, TumbleBookCloud Jr, & TumbleMath) into one easy access point.

The TumblePremium collection has nearly 1000 titles with content most appropriate for those in grades K-6. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish, graphic novels and math stories.

Third Annual Trivia Night


Third Annual Trivia NightTrivia Anyone?

Hanson Public Library’s Third Annual Trivia Night

It’s time to start planning for the Hanson Public Library’s third annual Trivia Night, sponsored by the Hanson Public Library Foundation, Inc. Trivia Night 2014 will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Camp Kiwanee’s Needles Lodge, Rt. 58, Hanson.  Last year’s event was a tremendous success, and this year will be just as spectacular with host Kevin Glennon from Fool Trivia returning to host the event. Enjoy a delightfully funnight answering brain-tickling questions and mingling with neighbors and friends! You won’t want to miss this event! Doors for the event will open at 6:30, and the trivia game will begin at 8:00.

Sign up early and reserve a team table for up to 8 people before July 3rd for the special rate of $125.  After July 3rd,  Trivia Teams can reserve a table for last year’s rate of $150 (up to 8 people).  Once again, individuals can participate at the rate of $20 per person or $18 before July 1st. Popcorn and water are included in the entry fee, and participants are encouraged to bring their favorite munchies as well.  There will be a cash bar. The winning team will be awarded a $300.00 cash prize!

Proceeds from the evening will provide enrichment programs at the Hanson Public Library, including author talks and the annual Library Open House.  Entry forms are available at the Hanson Public Library, 132 Maquan Street, Hanson, MA.  E-mail questions to or call the Hanson Public Library at 781-293-2151 for more information.  Table space is limited, so sign up now and don’t miss out on a fabulous night!

Virtual Catalog to become Commonwealth Catalog

Massachusetts Virtual CatalogThe Massachusetts Virtual Catalog, the system that allows you to find and request materials from other library networks in Massachusetts, is migrating to a new system which will be called Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat).

What does this mean for users of the Virtual Catalog?

Here’s a timeline of key dates:

The last day to place requests in the current system is June 30.

Starting July 1 and for the remainder of the transition, you will need to fill out this form to request materials. The form has a link for you to log into the Virtual Catalog as a guest to find materials. The form will then be forwarded to staff who will process the request for you. This is what we call a point-to-point interlibrary loan request.

In August, you will still use the form to request materials, but the Commonwealth Catalog will be open for staff to process these requests.

Then in September, the Commonwealth Catalog will be open for you to find and request materials.

At first, the only libraries/library networks available in ComCat in addition to SAILS will be Bridgewater State University, FLO, MBLN, OCLN, and UMass Amherst. The remaining participants will be joining ComCat in mid-fall. Here’s a map with some more information about library networks in Massachusetts.

Let us know if you have any questions!