A select number of South Australian public libraries offer English language and literacy services for adult migrants from non-English speaking countries or adult literacy students.
These services include information about English language and literacy education, referral to local classes and provision of resource collections for students and teachers. The resources in these library collections are available for loan and include a comprehensive range of learning/teaching aids such as books, tapes, audio/visual kits and English language educational programs on CD.
A list of libraries providing English language classes is below:
Digital newspapers provided by SA's public libraries help improve access to people with a disability and new arrivals
The South Australian Public Library Network subscribes to Press Display, a digital newspaper service that provides virtual electronic 'page-by-page turning' full copies of daily newspapers including:
- The Australian
- The Herald-Sun
- The Washington Post (US)
- The Guardian (UK)
- Shanghai Daily (China)
- Times of India (India)
- ...and many more
The above is just a small sample of the newspapers available. Newspapers are available in these languages: English, Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati , Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Yiddish.
An example of the amazing 'page-by-page turning' viewing experience is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTaai79ry-8
Other great features include:
- Having the newspaper audibly 'read out' news articles
- Instant translation feature
- 5 different reading zoom levels
To access the service, you must be a member of one of SA's public libraries and also have access to a PC with internet access (e.g. from home or at a public library).
As the South Australian Public Library Network has subscribed to the service, there is no cost to members of public libraries accessing it.
Those who cannot afford to buy their paper on a regular basis and those with a disability who cannot easily visit their newsagent or who have difficulty reading print materials may benefit from the service.
For more information, visit http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=213 or contact your local public library.
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