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Foreign Language Collection

August 14, 2012

Did you know that we have a foreign language collection at the library?

Our collection includes over 20 different International languages and includes materials such as books, videos, and DVDs. The book collection can be found on the second floor of the library where each language has its own section (arranged alphabetically by the name of the language). Magazines, VHS/DVDs/CDs from the country of origin are also shelved in the same section as the books. However, if a DVD movie has been released to the United States market (and has English subtitles and/or dubbing), it may be shelved with other films on the first floor.

Mobile of International FlagsWe just hung a large mobile of international flags from the ceiling of the second-floor near the area where the foreign language collection is kept. The mobile includes twelve flags that represent some of the countries where the languages in our collection are from. The flags are from: Bosnia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Somalia, and South Korea. We didn’t include the American flag or the Union Jack because most of our books are in English so is not included in our foreign language collection.

The idea of a flag mobile had its genesis in the library’s Diversity Committee and was handed to our Communications Manager, John Hunziker, to make things happen. He had pieces and parts of the mobile in his office for many months as this was not a quick and easy project to undertake. The mobile was finally built and then balanced by some of our maintenance staff, Paul and Andy.

The funding to buy the flags and build the mobile was provided by the Irv and Maureen Plitzuweit Foundation and Salad Brothers Cafe.

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  1. August 22, 2012 10:31 am

    Reblogged this on Friends of the Rochester Public Library and commented:
    This is absolutely fantastic! Take a look!

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