Books in Many Languages
Celebrating April as Poetry Month, Recycled Reads will be hosting the Austin Public Library Program “Poetry in Many Voices” this Saturday from 4–6pm. In the store, the ears of listeners and shoppers will be graced with verse recited in several different languages—Italian, Chinese, English, and Spanish to name a few.
As happenstance would have it, around the same time I was learning about this Saturday’s program, a volunteer shelver pointed out a great collection of Swedish fiction that is currently residing on the shelves of our Foreign Language section. As we looked at the eight or ten books on the shelf, we postulated as to how the books ended up for sale in support of the Austin Public Library. Clearly there are some Swedish speakers among us! It’s not only Swedish books that end up on our shelves. For instance, right now we’ve got language-learning books in Romanian, Turkish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, French, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, German, and Polish (Yes, I made a list; yes, I might have missed a few in there!). We usually have a pretty good supply of French and Spanish prose as well. Oh, and kids’ books! In foreign languages! Yep, we have those.
On a personal note, my number one goal for the summer is to get a grasp on the Spanish language. Having grown up in Texas, I am ashamed to say that I can barely order a margarita in Spanish, let alone carry on a significant conversation with the large community of Spanish speakers in Austin. Long story short, I’ve got some work ahead of me before I start attending Practiquemos Español sessions! (I hear they’re awesome.) If you are considering trying to learn a language, here’s a list of Language Learning Resources compiled by Austin Public Library. Who knows? Maybe by Fall I will be introducing Spanish blog posts to the mix.
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