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World Language and Multicultural Services

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Books, eBooks, and eAudiobooks


World language books for children and adults are available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

eBooks and eAudiobooks in other languages are available through Libby and Hoopla. Now Libby will automatically switch to your device language (if it is one of the languages it supports). Hoopla also offers movies and comics in several languages. 

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Music and Movies


Borrow DVDs of popular films in French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and other languages. Many English-language DVDs include French and Spanish subtitles. We also have hundreds of World Music CDs available. 

Search for films and music by language in Hoopla and Kanopy and stream a variety of world-language movies, fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. Many language-learning videos are available on both platforms.

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Magazines and eMagazines


The Library subscribes to several world-language magazines:
I-Bap Cha and Design Your Lifestyle (Korean); Mart (Japanese); Z'dorovie (Russian); People en Español; Paris Match; and Everyday Health, Happy Kitchen, and Taiwan Panorama (Traditional Chinese). 

Download free eMagazines in Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Russian, Spanish, and other languages from Libby.

Newspapers and eNewspapers


The library carries daily newspapers in Traditional Chinese and Korean and a weekly newspaper in Japanese.

Read or listen to current or back issues of the Ridgewood News e-Edition,1/1/2010 to present, in English and multiple languages. (Available at RPL only.)

Read or listen to current or back issues of the (Bergen) Record e-Edition, 1/1/2010 to present, in English and multiple languages. (Available at RPL only.)

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Finding World Language Materials

Tips for searching for world language materials are here.

Use the drop-down menu in the upper left corner to search the BCCLS catalog in Korean, Russian, Spanish, and French.​

Explore the World Language collections available at all BCCLS libraries here.

Other Multicultural Resources

Librarian-approved websites and services for everything from spoken languages to American Sign Language.

Set up a free Rosetta Stone account, using your library card.

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Multicultural Programs

English as a Second Language: We offer many ESL programs for beginning to advanced students. For more information, visit our ESL page or email Victoria Hilditch at vhilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

World Language Cafes: Interested in keeping up your Italian, Spanish, or French? Join one of our World Language Cafes and strengthen your foreign language speaking skills.

Italian: Every Wednesday @ 1 pm; contact Kerri Wallace x 103.*

Spanish: Every Wednesday @ 4 pm; contact Elias Rosner x 160. Meets every Wednesday over Zoom.

French: Every other Thursday @ 2 pm; contact Kerri Wallace x 103.*

World Cinema: Library Director Nancy Green invites you to join her to view and discuss an award-winning world film the first Thursday evening of each month.*

World Explorers' Club and Music Explorers: These programs introduce young children to music, dances, and crafts from around the world.*


*Will resume when the Library reopens on-site programs.

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