Reason #47: We Lend Materials in Many Languages

Reason #47: We lend materials in many languages

At St. Thomas Public Library, we do our best to accomodate the needs of as many of our customers and community members as possible. Through a long-standing partnership with YWCA’s “New Canadians” and Settlement Services, we’ve come to understand what other languages people might be looking for at their local library. We’ve also had many requests for French books for both the Adult and Children’s & Teens’ Department.

On our main level at the beginning of the non-fiction section, you will find a wide variety of books and DVDs in many languages, including adult fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, and children’s books. We get there materials through a program called “The Southern Ontario Multilingual Pool” (or SOMP.) They provide us with DVDs and books in:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Panjabi
  • Persian
  • Tagalong

The DVDs from this collection are rotated with other libraries twice a year and the book collection once to provide a fresh supply of popular materials.

Browse through the SOMP multilingual collection via the library’s online catalogue.

St. Thomas Public Library also has an extensive collection of French books, especially in our Children’s & Teens’ Department. The local French Immersion schools appreciate the volume and variety of fiction and non-fiction books that the Children’s & Teens’ Department provides. This collection was upgraded last year at the request of many of the parents of the French Immersion students.

Take a look at the library’s Juvenile French Fiction collection on the library’s online catalogue. Take a look at the library’s Adult French Fiction collection on the library’s online catalogue.

Whether English isn’t your first language, or you’d just like to practice your language skills, check out St. Thomas Public Library’s wide variety of material in other languages!

Random Fun Fact: The books in German have the title on the book’s spine facing the opposite direction. So every other book in the library, you turn your head to the right to shelf-read. For the German books, you have to turn your head to the left. And I have no idea why…

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