Public Library offers opportunity to learn Spanish

Language learning classes are always extremely popular at the library. Learning a new language can be beneficial for travel, communicating with others and also just for keeping your mind active.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Cecilia Jost has volunteered her time to lead a weekly Spanish class over videoconference using Zoom.

The program will start Tuesday, May 5 at 3 p.m. and then be weekly, on Tuesdays, for 6 weeks. Cecilia’s mother is from Peru and she spends several months there each year. As a Certified Foreign Language teacher, Cecilia hopes to impart her love of Spanish as well as her travel and cultural knowledge of Peru, South America and Spain.

There will be a Beginner Spanish Facebook group associated with the class so that Cecilia can share links and videos and participants can connect with each other. You can find the group on the library’s Facebook page We are grateful to Cecilia for volunteering and sharing her expertise.   If you are interested in joining, register by visiting the events calendar at

If you have never used Zoom before and would like assistance, our tech help team are happy to give you a one-on-one lesson in advance.

You can reach Dave, Michele and Aaron at , or telephone (613) 476-5962 and leave a message – they will return your call. You can supplement your language learning through the library’s online resources. Kanopy, a film streaming service, has a number of language learning videos available. You can access by visiting and using your library card number and PIN to register for an account.

As one of “The Great Courses” series, there is a lecture by Dr. Bill Worden of the University of Alabama called “Learning Spanish”. Dr. Worden starts from the very beginning, and works lesson by lesson improving your ability to communicate. In addition to teaching grammar, vocabulary and culture, he covers how to learn language and why understanding culture will help you in the process.

As he says, “Learning Spanish can be difficult, but successful language learners look at learning a new language as a puzzle to be solved!”

You can also find Mango Languages at, and use your library card number and PIN to set up. Mango Languages is a friendly conversational app and website that offers a tremendous variety of languages – over 70 world languages and dialects. You can even record yourself and compare it to the recordings offered by the program. If you’re interested in trying it, but need help with the technology, contact our tech help team at and they will help you get set up. If you don’t have a library card yet, phone us at (613) 476-5962 and we will get you registered. You can also fill out the library card form at

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-Liz Zylstra