Learn a Language


Whether you want to learn a language through books and workbooks, listening to audio, watching a video, by computer or mobile device, or in a small group, we’ve got you covered. Need help? Please contact the Information Desk for help using our databases, downloading, or information about our programs.


Mango Languages & Rosetta Stone

Mango Languages: Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Rosetta Stone: Select from 30 languages featuring core lessons in developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Available online through the library’s website or through an app on your mobile device.


English Conversation & Voyage ESL

Practice your English conversational skills with other language learners in a warm and welcoming setting.  This program is free and open to all. Virtual sessions are being held now, registration is required.

Voyage ESL is for beginning English language learners. Sessions are offered several times a year, but are currently suspended due to COVID-19.


Russian Conversation Class

Practice your Russian conversational skills in this weekly, hour long class.

This program is free and open to all. Virtual sessions are being held now, registration is required. Visit the events calendar for dates and times.

 


Chinese Book Group

Join Jenny Guo who will introduce participants to the library’s Chinese language collection and recommend new titles. Bring your suggestions for the group to read and discuss at future meetings. Program is conducted entirely in Chinese.

This program is now held virtually. Please visit the events calendar for dates and times.


Downloadable Audiobooks, eBooks & Magazines

Audiobooks: Explore Pimsleur Language Programs in multiple languages and levels in Overdrive/Libby. Also try Hoopla, which includes a selection of first level instruction from Pimsleur in over 30 languages.

Ebooks: The collections in Overdrive and Hoopla include dictionaries, phrasebooks, grammar workbooks, vocabulary, etc.

Magazines: Borrow unlimited titles from RBDigital in many languages.

Available online or through an app on your mobile device.


Print Collections

The Language Learning neighborhood, in the 2nd floor Reading Room, has grammar, conversation, and vocabulary workbooks, dictionaries, CDs, and phrasebooks for a variety of languages, including English. Popular reading materials in eight languages can be found in the World Language collection on the 1st floor. The children’s collection includes chapter books, picture books, DVDs, audiobooks in nine languages, and magazines in four. Our adult print magazine collections include magazines in six languages and there are hundreds of titles in many languages in our digital collection. A comprehensive list of languages in our print and digital collections can be found here.


Videos & Film

Kanopy offers a collection of streaming instructional videos for language learners, including English, Spanish, French, and more. Documentaries and feature films are also available. Look under the subject heading Global Studies & Languages/ESL & Languages for the complete list. The Little Pim and Muzzy series are geared for children.

Access Video On Demand offers a few language learning videos including sign language. There are also French and Spanish movies and a selection of Spanish television shows.


World Cinema Collection

Do you enjoy learning about world cultures and language through international films? Check out the selections, from Arabic to Zulu, in our World Cinema DVD collection, located on the 1st floor of the library.

Streaming videos are available on Kanopy and Access Video on Demand.


Especially for Kids

The library offers world language Story Times, Muzzy, a BBC online language program, plus TumbleBookLibrary, animated talking picture books in French and Spanish as well as a print collection for books and magazines.  Kanopy Kids offers two instructional video series, Little Pim and Muzzy for learning a variety languages, including English.


Mobile Apps

Learn on the go! Visit the library’s mobile apps page for links to the apps you need to enjoy our eLibrary selections.