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New Library Collection Highlights Materials In Different Languages

Ashland Public Library is diversifying its options.
It now offers materials in new languages! When you stop by the downtown library, you will be able to find books, DVDs, and books on CD in languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, French, and more. 
There are items in both the children and adult departments to explore.
When asked about incorporating these new languages into the catalog, Library Director Meena Jain  said, “Ashland is a diverse town, and we want people to find books and materials at the library in their own languages, reflecting some of their experiences and that makes them feel welcome in the larger community.” 
The items in these collections were thought out by the staff members at the library. They consulted members of the community and both town and school staff before choosing the languages. 
Funds from the library’s budget and the financial support from the Friends of the Ashland Public Library made this collection possible. The library even had donations from people who traveled to their country of origin and brought back great books to share. 
The library staff is working with community members to determine the best programs to bring into the library that complement this collection, such as Conversation Circles, which is popular at other libraries, or partnering with local organizations like Literacy Unlimited.