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.



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 

Are you learning a language and need to practice having conversations? Come to the library and chat with a native speaker! Practice language skills in a casual and judgement-free environment. Whether your second language is English or something else, we will do our best to find a conversation partner for you. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Bowman library branch.

We are seeking any and all volunteers from as many languages as possible. If you would like to be a conversation partner or if you have a specific language you would like us to help find a partner for, please contact Mandy Foote at (540) 869-9000 ext. 210 or email afoote@handleyregional.org.

If we don't have your language yet, please don't be discouraged. We're always seeking new participants and we'd love to see this get as big as it can!