Ethel Mae Kreutz Language Collection

By , April 7, 2010


“Vern the Library Buddy” learning Chinese

Learning French at the Language Lab

The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

A Generous Gift: Welcome to the Alma Language Collection!

The Kreutz Private Foundation granted the library $3,000 in 2006 to start the Ethel Mae Kreutz Language collection.  The Kreutz Foundation has been a faithful partner in funding special projects for the library since 2002.

There are 11 languages to choose from.  The Romance languages include German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.  We have Norwegian and Russian.  Perhaps you will want to learn Farsi, the Persian language spoken throughout the Middle East.  Oriental Languages include Chinese and Japanese.  Or you might try your hand at Native American Lakota.  We even have sign language, especially for children.

The more popular languages begin at toddler level, early elementary, junior high and high school level and can be checked out in Cassette, CD, DVD and read-a-long format.


Slangman Language Fairy Tales:

For a fun introduction to foreign languages for children, checkout our collection of Slangman Fairy Tales in three levels of six popular languages with a Read-a-Long CD!

Choose from Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, German, or Spanish.  The whole family will have fun reading along with these classic Fairy Tales. These titles can be found in the children’s collection.

The Limits of My World:

This library collection was inspired by a quote from Ludwig Wittgenstein:  “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”  With our young people graduating and going out into the world, it made sense to help arm them with tools to meet and appreciate other cultures.  And, as retirees find time to visit other lands, they too need sufficient language skills to feel comfortable in the country of their travels.  No sooner had the idea formed to open a language center, than patrons began asking weekly for one language or another.  Some Buffalo county residents are experiencing travel to China for their companies and are requesting instruction in that language.

Rosetta Stone:

We are so happy to add four Rosetta Stone interactive languages:  Spanish Levels 1, 2 & 3; French Levels 1 & 2;  Chinese Levels 1 & 2; and Farsi Levels 1 & 2.  You will be thrilled with how quickly you can pick up the language with only a 30 – 45 min session.

These wonderful interactive languages are on CDROM with the ability to match pronunciation through use of a headset and microphone.




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