LOTE more to read in different languages

The LOTE Online database.
The LOTE Online database.

The Languages Other Than English (LOTE) online library database is continuing to grow with Fairfield City Open Libraries catering to the diverse community.

By the end of the year, more than 400 stories will be translated into more than 20 languages.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said children can also read while the book is narrated to them in English to assist their English reading and speaking skills.

"It is important that we continue to provide opportunities for our residents, including children, to access stories in their own language as well as to learn English," Mr Carbone said.

"We have more than 140,000 residents who speak a language other than English. Around 30 per cent of those speak very little or no English.

"The Languages Other Than English database is a fun and engaging way for children to learn to read in their language as well as in English.

"Our libraries are always looking for innovative new ways to connect with our diverse community and I encourage everyone to become a libraries member and check out this free service on the website."