In June, Worthington Libraries launched a new service for customers who no longer need help but speak little or no English.
All customers need to do is indicate their preferred language – nearly 100 of which Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Somali and Hindi are listed – on the guides identification available at each location. A staff member will then call an interpreter to help translate via video or audio.
This important service is in addition to other resources offered by the library to adults who wish to learn or improve their English:
In addition to circulating dictionaries and instruction manuals, we’re testing a new collection at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Center Drive, for new adult readers. The books, popular and classic fiction and non-fiction titles, are short, engaging and ideal for helping adults improve their English reading skills.
Available for booking and checkout, Language Learning Launchpads are computer tablets preloaded with lessons, flash cards and quizzes to help adults learn English phrases, grammar, writing, language spelling and even American law.
DVDs and CDs help adults learn English with English instructions. Some materials provide specialized vocabulary, such as English for health care, construction workers, and business.
Worthington Park Library hosts a monthly discussion group for adult English learners at all levels. During Conversations In English/Conversaciones En Inglés, native English speakers lead informal and friendly conversations on a variety of topics.
With a Worthington Libraries card, adults can learn English on a personal computer, laptop or phone at home, at their own pace, with resources such as Mango Languages, Transparent Language and Cell-Ed. To access it, go to worthingtonlibraries.org and click on the Explore tab at the top of the home page, then on Language Learning.
Hillary Kline is a Communications Specialist for Worthington Libraries.
The following programs are offered by Worthington Libraries. Old Worthington Library is at 820 High St., Northwest Library at 2280 Hard Road, and Worthington Park Library at 1389 Worthington Center Drive. Dial 614-807-2626.
Code your own adventure, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 21 at the Worthington Park Library. Guests ages 6-18 experience Scratch, Scratch Jr. and Hour of Code.
Dance of the little enchantment under the sea, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on July 23 at the North West Library. There will be music and dancing for guests 5 and under, who are encouraged to wear favorite party or beach attire.
Let’s do the dishes, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 25 at the North West Library. Guests are to prepare a recipe from the cookbook “Seriously Good Salads” by Nicky Corbishley or “Salad Freak” by Jess Damuck and discuss their cooking experience.
Dr. Dave’s Whiz Bang Science Show, from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 28 at the North West Library. Loud and messy experiments explain science concepts.