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Supporting our communities through multilingual collection and English language learner resources
December 16, 2020

Did you know? International Migrants Day and World Arabic Language Day is December 18.

Sacramento hosts a mosaic of migrants, including settlers of European origin, Indigenous communities from the present-day Americas, Special Immigrant Visa holders from Iraq and Afghanistan, and refugees from Laos and Vietnam. The library is proud to support Sacramento’s many communities through multilingual and English language learner collections, staff who speak multiple languages, bilingual storytimes, and language-learning apps, among other resources.

Sacramento Public Library (SPL) has several committees dedicated to meeting the needs of specific populations. One of these is called the Community Languages and Cultures Committee (CLCC), which has been undertaking projects and initiatives at SPL since 2018.  Members of the CLCC, many of whom speak multiple languages, collaborate with other committees and departments at the library to make sure we’re supporting Sacramento’s multilingual and multicultural communities as best we can. You can see some of the committee’s work on our website - check out the Spanish, Russian, and Chinese pages, translated by our staff.

The team helps cultivate the library’s world language collections and materials for people who are learning English. The also the creation of specialized New Arrivals collection, at library locations, which include materials for beginning readers and adults, as well as materials in Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and more.  

Explore these materials on the library’s website and catalog.