More Books in More Languages Are Coming Soon!

We love our diverse community. And we're celebrating the many languages spoken in San Mateo County with some exciting news. We are expanding our collection of world language books! Coming soon, you’ll find books in all the languages listed below at every San Mateo County Libraries location. We’ll start with children’s picture books and then expand to books for all ages.

  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

World Language eMedia

Do you prefer to read, listen or watch on your device? We offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and music and videos to stream in a variety of languages. All you need to get started is your computer, tablet or smartphone, library card number (starting with 29041) and PIN.

Our world language digital options include:
  • Odilo – Spanish eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Qikan – Chinese eMagazines
  • HyRead – Chinese eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Kono – Japanese, Chinese and Korean eMagazines
  • TumbleBook – Spanish eBooks for children
  • Libby – eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines in many languages
  • Kanopyworld cinema, opens a new window movies in a variety of languages
  • Hoopla – eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies and television shows in many languages

Pronunciator Language Learning App

Want to learn a new language or practice your world language skills? Try Pronunciator, our language learning app! Choose from 163 languages, including ESL and ASL. Get started by watching our step-by-step video tutorial, opens a new window.

Questions?

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Below, check out some of our favorite children's picture books in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean and Russian.

Spanish Children's Picture Books

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Enjoy reading some of our favorite picture books in Spanish.




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Chinese Children's Picture Books

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Enjoy reading some of our favorite picture books in Chinese.




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Japanese Children's Picture Books

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Enjoy reading some of our favorite picture books in Japanese.




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Hindi Children's Picture Books

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Enjoy reading some of our favorite picture books in Hindi.




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Korean Children's Picture Books

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Enjoy reading some of our favorite picture books in Korean.




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Russian Children's Picture Books

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Enjoy reading some of our favorite picture books in Russian.




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