December is National “Learn a Foreign Language” Month

Would you like to learn a new language? The Livingston Public Library has books, CDs,  DVDs, ebooks, and audiobooks to help you. In addition, the library provides free digital software like Rosetta Stone, Mango, and Little Pim for Livingston cardholders to learn a language online at your own pace. Start learning a language today during National “Learn a Foreign Language” Month!

Learn a language: Livingston Public Library Books, CDs and  DVDs 

Arabic15-minute Arabic : learn in just 12 weeks
BurmeseBurmese : phrasebook & dictionary
Chinese The first 100 Chinese characters : the quick and easy way to learn the basic Chinese characters
DanishDanish phrase book and dictionary
DutchBeginner’s Dutch with online audio
FarsiFarsi (Persian) for beginners : learning conversational Fars
FinnishFast talk Finnish : guaranteed to get you talking
FrenchRead & think French
GermanGerman at a glance : phrasebook, dictionary, traveler’s aid
GreekComplete Greek : learn to read, write, speak and understand Greek
HebrewModern Hebrew for beginners : a multimedia program for students at the beginning and intermediate levels
HindiHindi for beginners a guide to conversational Hindi 
IcelandicFast talk Icelandic : guaranteed to get you talking
IrishBeginner’s Irish : with online audio
ItalianLanguage hacking Italian : a conversation course for beginners : learn how to speak Italian–with actual people–right from the start! 
HungarianBeginner’s Hungarian with online audio
JapaneseEasy Japanese step by step : an innovative approach to speaking and reading Japanese
KoreanRead & speak Korean for beginners : the easiest way to learn to communicate right away! 
LatinLong live Latin : the pleasures of a useless language
MalayMalay
NorwegianNorwegian phrase book and dictionary
PolishPolish phrase book & dictionary
PortugueseTeach Yourself Portuguese
RussianRussian for dummies
SpanishSpanish conversation
SwedishSwedish phrase book and dictionary
TagalogElementary Tagalog workbook
ThaiEasy Thai : learn to speak Thai quickly
TurkishBerlitz Turkish for your trip
UkrainianUkrainian
UrduUrdu
VietnameseBeginner’s Vietnamese : with online audio 
YiddishThe complete idiot’s guide to learning Yiddish

Learn a language: ebooks & eaudiobooks 

Click here to find 62 ebooks and audiobooks to help you learn a foreign language. 

Software

Mango Languages

Taught in your native language, you can take 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses. You can take the courses remotely, at the library, or through an app on your mobile device. 

Little Pim

Would you like your kids to learn a foreign language? Little Pim provides courses for early language development. You can access it through the computer browser and through an app. 

Rosetta Stone

Including 30 languages, the software uses images, text, and sound to teach words and grammar. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more.

— Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Stream a Film on Kanopy!

Did you know that with your Livingston Library you have access to not only numerous physical films on DVD, but also thousands of films that you can stream? That’s right! Your Livingston Library card gives you access to thousands of films through Kanopy. You can access Kanopy through the Library’s website here. 

Below are some films that you  can look forward to streaming this fall and winter. Note: descriptions are taken from Kanopy. 

Capote (2005) 

Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers an Oscar® -winning performance (2006, Best Actor) as Truman Capote, who embarks upon a journey to write the book of a lifetime, “In Cold Blood,” based upon the murder of a family in Kansas. Developing a unique relationship with one of the imprisoned murderers (Clifton Collins Jr.), even he wonders if he can write the great book he believes destiny has handed him.

Loving Highsmith (2022) 

Loving Highsmith is a unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends and family. Focusing on Highsmith’s quest for love and her troubled identity, the film sheds new light on her life and writing. Most of Highsmith’s novels were adapted for the big screen; the best known of these are Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Carol, a partly autobiographic novel, was the first lesbian story with a happy ending to be published in 1950s America. But Highsmith herself was forced to lead a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public. Only in her unpublished writings did she reflect on her private life. Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Top of the Lake), beautifully interwoven with archive material of her and her most famous novel adaptions, create a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers.

Children of Night (2015)

A secluded colony of child vampires come under attack from vengeful villagers in this darkly funny horror tale by Argentinean filmmaker Ivan Noel. A journalist visits a secluded orphanage where children suffer from an unknown skin disease. She soon learns that they are in fact not children, but vampires aging from 4 to 120 years old and who have been bitten at an early age and forever remain in that physical state. They are led and protected by a strange and deeply religious ex-nurse whose destiny in life is to find these ‘lost souls’ and raise them in her sanctuary. Through religious teachings, nocturnal rituals and the occasional visit to local towns for fresh human blood, she keeps them safe  – that is until a cultish band of men from a nearby village plot to destroy the refuge. It takes the children, head by the 90-year-old grandson of Count Dracula, to defend their world.

Lives Well Lived (2021)

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75–100, who reveal their secrets for living a meaningful life. Encompassing 3,000 years of collective life experience, diverse people share life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of life’s greatest challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

Enforcement (2020) 

Two officers are paired together – Mike belongs to a core of officers known for brutality, while Jens struggles for turning a blind eye to their abuse of power. Finding themselves trapped while on patrol they must work together to get out alive.

Before You Know It (2019)

A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters into a literal soap opera. Starring Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin and Alec Baldwin.

-Jessica, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions