Ready To Read
What it is?
The Multilingual Permanent Collections are early literacy campaigns to ensure that the growing numbers of immigrant and refugee students and their families in Washington County have the books, programs and supplies they need to be ready for school and prepared to succeed. Early Learning Washington County has allocated funding to support this effort since 2017.
The Multilingual Permanent Collections
Why it is important?
Having access to multilingual children’s books is tied to a child's academic success. Children from immigrant and refugee families are expected to do well in school, learn English quickly, and contribute to the family's successful adjustment. Having easy access to multilingual books will support these efforts. Furthermore, using dual books can help them value and preserve their mother tongue and protect linguistic diversity as well as it sparks parent-child interactions.
How it works
To check out these books you may:
Visit the Library
Visit the Beaverton City Library, Hillsboro Brookwood Library, Aloha Public Library to check out multilingual children’s books in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic, Somali, Chuukese, French, Swahili and more.
Try Searching Online
Do an “Advanced Search” of the library system for books available in your preferred language.
Mayan Cultural Kit
If you want to check out a Guatemalan Mayan Backpack that contains multilingual books (in K’iche’, Mam, Q’eqchi, Español and English) and supplies, please go to Cornelius Public Library, Beaverton City Library and Hillsboro Shute Park Library.
Tigard Public Library
The Tigard Public Library will soon have a children’s collection of dual and monolingual books in Marshallese, Chuukese and Chamorro languages. Check with your children and youth librarian if you live in Tigard.