International Services at the Library
The Louisville Free Public Library offers a wide range of ongoing international and English Language Learning programming at the Library. LFPL’s collection includes books and movies in many languages and more than 500 learn-a-language CD sets, from Arabic to Urdu, as well as downloadable audio foreign language courses. A number of library locations also offer a rich mix of international activities, including multilingual storytimes, cultural showcases, conversation groups, foreign films, and literary “salons” in several languages. And during the month of September, the entire Library system celebrates Louisville's diversity during International Month.
Library Materials in a Variety of Languages
English Language Learning (ELL / ESL) Materials
More Library Resources:
*A valid LFPL library card is needed to access these resources when not visiting the library in person.
Multicultural Programs at the Library
The Library hosts a wide variety of multicultural programs and events, as well as programs in languages other than English. To find a complete list of upcoming events, bilingual storytimes, English Conversation Clubs, Cultural Showcases and more, click here.
|Read Your Way Around the World with the Mayor’s Book Club at the Main Library – the third Wednesday of the month, from noon – 1p.m.|
If you are interested in scheduling a library representative to visit your school, religious institution, civic group, or other organization to learn more about the Library's International Services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Outreach sessions can include an overview of the immigrant and refugee population of Louisville, making library cards and connecting people to their local library. We can also bring in related material for check out and connect interested individuals to opportunities to volunteer with foreign born children and adults.
Local Community Resources:
- Catholic Charities of Louisville
- Jefferson Co. Public Schools ESL classes: Adults | Children
- Jefferson Community & Technical College ESL classes
- Jewish Family & Career Services
- Kentucky Refugee Ministries
- Office for Globalization
Websites of Interest:
America's Literacy Directory
Search for local organizations that provide assistance with learning English as a second language or offer citizenship classes. Volunteers may also search for service opportunities.
Learn English online at this free site for beginning and intermediate learners. Listen to an introduction to the site in either English or Spanish.
BBC Learning English
Learn English online at this free site.