Languages

Ames Public Library strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for all community members.

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Library Information

Click a language below to read about the Library:

Arabic

Chinese

English

French

Korean

Russian

Spanish

Vietnamese

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Translator

Library staff members have translation devices to use with visitors.

The Travis Translator Devices can translate speech into 155 supported languages.

The library’s self checkout units can be used in Spanish, French, or Chinese

The library’s scanner/copier can be used in 25 languages and can translate documents into 74 languages.

 

Multilingual Resources

World Language books at Ames Public Library

Multilingual Collections

The Library has growing World Language Collections, including adult and youth books, movies, and music in multiple languages.

The Library has books for adults in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

The Library has books for children in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Russian, Korean, and Spanish.

Movies and music are available in a variety of languages.

Read and Watch Online

Kanopy includes the following languages:
English, Spanish, French, Catalan, German, Italian, Arabic, Aymara, Basque, Gallegan, Guarini, Hebrew, Mandarin, Mayan, Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, and Swedish. (Go to filters – languages to select)

Bridges includes items in:
Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German (Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says “idiom”)

Hoopla includes items in:
Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.

Research and Learn Online

Use premium online resources for free with your Library card by visiting the Library’s Online Learning webpage. Resources include legal forms, language learning tools, resume writing resources, homework help, computer tutorials, and more.

Several of the online resources offer information in multiple languages.

  • Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in Spanish and English.
  • NewsBank offers a number of different languages: Spanish, Afrikaans, Zulu, & more.
    (This can be found by going to the A-Z Source List and sorting by language.)
  • NYTimes is available digitally in Spanish and Mandarin
  • Wall Street Journal is available in Japanese and Chinese.
  • Bookflix is available in Spanish.

 

Learning and Practicing Languages

Conversation Circles

Gather for casual conversations in different languages.

Conversation Circles meet every week, but you can come as often you want.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather (in person or online) for casual conversations in French. Chat in your native language or get comfortable speaking in another language.   To join via Zoom, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86881463631?pwd=cmNSd...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather for casual conversations in English. The focus of this group is to help English Language Learners gain confidence and fluency in a comfortable and fun setting. Library staff will pair native and non-native speakers and provide them...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather (in person or online) for casual conversations in Spanish. Chat in your native language or get comfortable speaking in another language.   To join via Zoom, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84042020863?pwd=U2F2...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather (in person or online) for casual conversations in German. Chat in your native language or get comfortable speaking in another language.   To join via Zoom, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81487664819?pwd=cWlHW...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather (in person or online) for casual conversations in Russian. Chat in your native language or get comfortable speaking in another language.   To join via Zoom, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86881463631?pwd=cmNS...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Dale H. Ross Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Language Learning, Meetup
Program Details:
  Gather (in person or online) for casual conversations in French. Chat in your native language or get comfortable speaking in another language.   To join via Zoom, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86881463631?pwd=cmNSd...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal.


Online Language Learning

Mango Languages

Mango Languages

Powered by intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm, Mango empowers you to communicate with confidence, preparing you for uncharted experiences with language and culture. Challenge yourself to discover something new. Start the conversation.

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