We’re three weeks in to 2013 which tends to be a time when people start to realize they haven’t done as well on all their new year’s resolutions as they’d hoped. But it’s not too late to get a jump on your goals and make up for lost time. And the library can help!
Several people I’ve talked to recently have resolved to begin learning a new language or brush up on a second language they’ve been neglecting. Trying to decide where to begin can be overwhelming. Counter intuitively, I find it especially tricky when you know just a bit of a language and don’t want to begin at the very beginning with numbers and greetings. But the library’s got you covered and has even compiled an Information Guide which lists a variety of language learning resources available to you through the library or free online.
The Info Guide also includes some tips on searching the catalog for language instruction resources and finding items written in a language besides English.
Now is a great time to try out PowerSpeak Languages, which is a subscription service the library pays for on your behalf. You can use this interactive online tool anywhere with internet access to help you with your lessons in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Russian and English for Spanish and Mandarin speakers.
If you’re interested in learning a language that we don’t currently have materials for, please feel free to fill out a Suggest a Title form so that our librarians can look into purchasing something for you! And as always, feel free to contact us if you need help locating or using any of our resources.