5 Ways the Library Can Help You Learn a Language

5 Ways the Library Can Help You Learn a Language

Learning a language can open all kinds of doors, from new friendships to new careers. If you’re looking to learn a new language or practice language skills, the library has your back. From physical materials for check out to online databases and learning apps, we have a wide selection to meet your individual goals and preferences. Language learning books and software can be expensive but we here at the library don’t think that money should stand in your way. We’ve got plenty of free ways for you to kick off a bilingual tomorrow.

1. Books

Books are a great place to start when learning a new language. From grammar guides to translation dictionaries and even cultural and travel references, we have you covered. Check out books for over 20 languages, including: English, Spanish, American Sign Language, Russian, Arabic, and Vietnamese.

2. Mango

Mango languages cartoonMango is a language learning app that can be downloaded to multiple devices or used on any computer with an internet connection. Your library card grants you full access to their complete collection of 70 languages from Spanish to Mandarin and Hebrew to Scottish Gaelic. It’s an easy, free way to take your language practice with you on the go.

If you want to learn more, you can register for our Mango Languages Workshop on May 23rd to get started.


3. Language CDs

Audio courses are a popular method for learning a new language. We have a number of beginner and intermediate series available for check-out on CD. They can be found in our audiobook non-fiction section, with over 15 languages including: English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Arabic, and Japanese.

4. DVDs

If you’re looking for lessons you can watch, we also have DVD courses in several languages. They are available for both kids and adults and can be found in our adult non-fiction and juvenile DVD collections respectively. They include titles for English as a Second Language, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language.

5. Foreign Language MediaForeign language DVDs and CDs

Whether you’ve been learning a language for a while or just beginning, it helps to read books, watch shows, and listen to music in the language you’re learning. We have a Spanish language book section for Spanish speakers that can also help you if you’re studying the language. We also have movies and music CDs in a number of languages from all around the world

As you can see, you have a lot of options when it comes to learning a new language at your public library. If you have any questions or need help tracking down these materials, come and see us at the Information Desk!

And keep an eye out for upcoming programs…


Conversation Partners - Coming Soon!

Later in 2019 we will be adding a Conversation Partners program to help people use their new languages. Whether you’re learning English or a non-English language, our goal is to match you up with a native speaker to practice having conversations in a stress-free environment. There’s no need to be bilingual! You can always just help someone practice and make some new friends.

If you’re interested in participating or just want to find out more, please contact Mandy Foote at
(540) 869-9000 ext. 210 or afoote@handleyregional.org.