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Acorn Public Library gets grant for foreign language books

Updated: October 2, 2013 6:02AM



The Acorn Public Library District, 15624 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, was one of 230 libraries in Illinois to receive a Back to Books grant for $5,000.

The state awarded more than $1 million in grants to Illinois libraries to acquire books and learning materials. The grants ranged from $2,500 to $5,000.

Acorn Library will fund a project entitled “Expanding Foreign Language Collections.” The project goal is to improve the library’s selection of items in languages other than English.

Books and audio books written in multiple languages, including Spanish, Arabic and Polish, are to be acquired. All of these materials will be available for checkout in the library and through interlibrary loan within the next three months.

“We’re excited that we’ll be able to purchase these extra resources so that we can better serve those whose primary language isn’t English,” library director Eric Werthmann said. “In addition, we’re planning on buying a wide variety of materials — fiction, nonfiction, books for children and teens, (and) audio books.”

For more information, call (708) 687-3700.

Staff report



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