The public library is uniquely positioned to help advance the goals of diversity, inclusion and equitable access for everyone by providing the space and tools to acquire skills in a new language, translate written texts or interpret a verbal speech. Kent District Library has embraced this opportunity and is now making these new services and materials available to all patrons and partner organizations.
Three databases provide plenty of options for ESL students or foreign language learners including portable apps for easy access and progress tracking.
- MANGO: With more than 100 languages and 75 English learning curriculums customized by language of origin, this database provides pronunciation audio and cultural context too.
- LITTLE PIM: Specially designed for the little learners, this database makes learning fun and entertaining for maximum engagement.
- ROSETTA STONE: This language learning database is ideal for patrons looking for an image-based learning experience.
TBS Scanner text-to-text translations
Using the best available technology, patrons in all branches can now read and understand or write texts in a different language. This service does not replace the use of a professional translator but can help bridge the most basic communication gaps.
The library offers radio and digital simultaneous interpretation equipment to be used by a professional interpreter hired for this purpose. To access this service please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 616.784.2007.