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Newcomers Welcome

The House of Languages in the Saint John Free Public Library was the idea of Malcolm Sommerville, a dedicated Board Member who felt passionately about having an area where newcomers could read in their home language.

 

The House of Languages has grown over the years and continues to expand thanks to contributions of community volunteers and the continuing support of the Saint John Free Public Library Board.

 

The collection of books include several different languages, French, Korean, Chinese, Farsi, Spanish, Greek, Hindi & Polish.

 

As well as the House of Languages The Saint John Free Public Library also has many other great resources that you can use for example.

 

New Reader's Area

The New Readers Area has Books of many Different Levels for those who are learning to read English.

 

Teen Zone 

The Teen Zone is a special place for teenagers and young adults.The books,CDs and magazines in this area are perfect for teenagers, but anyone can read and enjoy them.

 

Children's Department

The Children's Department has books and computers for younger children. They also have many programs for kids with reading,music,puppets,movies,and crafts

 

Adult Programs 

The Library has adult programs including a social hour for newcomers where people meet and practice speaking English every Saturday from September till June.

 

Computers & Internet 

On the second floor of the library we have 18 public computers. we also have wireless Internet, for those with their own laptops or devices, headphones are also available to borrow

 

Reading room 

The reading room on the first floor has a wide selection of newspapers and magazines.




 

Malcolm Sommerville

1921-2012

Malcolm Sommerville was a strong advocate for the city of Saint John for many years, for which he was recognized as a Freeman of The City of Saint John in 1983. In 1995, he received the Board of Tradeís Presidentís Award, and was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of New Brunswick Saint John in 1996 for his contribution to the Faculty of Business and for his recognition of  the importance of a university presence in Saint John.  In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II 50th Jubilee Medal, and the Saint John Library Merit Award in 2009 following 15 years on the Board of Directors.  His involvements in city planning and development, as well as business affairs include: Chairman of the Saint John Urban Renewal Commission, New Brunswick Chairman of The Community Planning Association of Canada, past member of the Canadian Housing Design Council and of The Saint John Planning Commission, and most recently the Saint John Free Public Library.