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Patrons welcome World Languages collection

GPLS News, April 2018

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Patrons welcome World Languages collection
“When I speak to my children in my native language, I am showing them my emotion,” said Priya Narasimhan, patron at Sharon Forks Library who is fluent in Tamil and Hindi.

The Sharon Forks Library reopened March 24 after a yearlong expansion and renovation that nearly doubled its size. The highest-circulating branch in Georgia, its renovation gives room for the entire community to use the library in individual ways.

One unique feature is a new World Languages collection featuring books written in Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. “We want everyone to feel welcome and to find materials they will use. What we have created is based on community surveys and research to help us understand the local need,” said Anna Lyle, director of the Forsyth County Public Library System.

Shyam Kasthuri and his wife, Priya Narasimhan, welcome the opportunities the collection will bring for parents to share their culture with children, as well as with her parents, to bring family traditions closer to their new home.

“We don’t have access to very many print books in Tamil. Now this library has a whole collection that we can use to share our culture and history with our children,” said Shyam.

The collection houses about 500 books in each language and adds to the growing collection of Spanish books housed in the World Languages collections at the Cumming and Post Road libraries.

Patrons are encouraged to share feedback with library staff so that desired materials can be selected as the collection expands.