Libraries lead the charge for a multilingual America
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
The theme for this year’s National Library Week is: “Libraries lead.” This is not just a nice
sentiment—it’s a fact, reinforced by our dealings with more than 1,000 libraries throughout the US and beyond. We are proud to work with librarians to bring language learning opportunities to their communities.
Despite the US position on the world stage, politically, economically, and socially, our country faces a language deficit so serious that the Boston Globe recently called it a national emergency. Language skills are in high demand from employers, but schools continue to cut language programs to balance their budgets. A national report commissioned by Congress called for “closing the language gap”, lest we risk being left out of any conversation not taking place in English.