Naperville Public Library to offer e-books in Spanish on Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire

May 1, Naperville Public Library began offering literature in Spanish on circulating Kindle Paperwhites and Kindle Fires.

Each Kindle e-reader is pre-loaded with titles by Spanish and Latin American authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende, as well as translations of popular English language titles such as the entire Harry Potter series.

A total of 12 Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fires have been added to the Children’s, Teen and Adult areas of the Library collection.

This addition to the library collection is one way the Library is addressing the foreign language needs of the community, as well as supporting the curriculum for District 203’s Dual Language Program.

According to Yan Xu, Adult Services Supervisor at the Naper Blvd. Library, the selection of Spanish is based on long-term monitoring of patron requests. Teen Kindles will also include titles in French upon recommendations by members of the Library’s Teen Advisory Group, or TAGTeam.

Developing this area of the collection is a team effort, says Xu. We have a group dedicated to providing e-reader technology and teaching patrons the needed skills to access downloadable materials.

“Adding foreign language titles is a natural extension of our work,” she says, adding, “Pre-loaded e-readers are an easy and fast way to start a foreign language collection when space is at a premium.”

Naperville residents also have the ability to borrow foreign language print titles through LINKin, a resource sharing partnership between Naperville Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Cook Memorial Public Library, Deerfield Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library and Skokie Public Library. This consortium allows residents to access 300,000 additional materials not owned by NPL.

For more information or to place a hold, contact our reference staff the Adult and Teen Services or Children’s desks at any of our three library buildings at (630) 961-4100. To place a hold online, visit the Library catalog at: http://library.naperville-lib.org