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This from our friends at WASLCA:

Dear supporters of language access to essential services,

WASCLA and OneAmerica are working together to make sure that everyone in Washington can get emergency notifications in a language that they can understand. It can be a matter of life and death, and we need your help now!

On May 16, 2017, Governor Inslee signed SSB 5046 into law, mandating the translation of emergency notifications. This is a big step in the right direction–thanks in large part to the tireless advocacy of  concerned individuals and organizations like yours–but we have one final hurdle to clear. Because of a null and void clause, in order to take effect, the law needs funding from the State Operating Budget by June 30!

We are asking partners and allies to sign on to the letter below requesting funding from House budget negotiators. Will you and/or your organization sign on? If you support funding to translate emergency notifications into languages other than English, please add your name here by 5pm on Tuesday, June 6th.   



Language and culture – intrinsically intertwined? Can you have one without the other? What do you teach your kids? Listen to one woman’s experience. Sound familiar? Comments and thoughts below.

placeholder-d185b0b0cc08c33be15e143b41ea1d3eWith Mango and KCLS! Free resource with your library card. Learn English, Spanish, Farsi, Telegu, Pirate, and 67 others! Instructions here in English and Spanish.

Also, check out some of the other great online resources at KCLS. Fact sheet in English and Spanish.


In addition to Spanish, the KCLS catalog now offers Chinese and Russian translations of all menus and help information. Individual catalog records will continue to display in their original language.

Transform the catalog via a language pull-down menu in the top left corner of the catalog and via footer links in the mobile phone version of the catalog. Works best with Chrome or Firefox.unnamed

Not only is the King County Library System the busiest in the nation, they also are on the cutting edge of technology, offering myriad online databases, videos, and other options for patrons. Now you can download eBooks in languages other than English from the comfort of your own home. For instructions, click the links for Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Multiple platforms supported including tablets, smartphones, eReaders – and even regular computers. You may never set foot into a library again!

Top 10 Eastside languages from 2008-2012 American Community Survey estimates. Can you guess what they are?

  1. happy new year
  2. 新年快樂
  3. feliz año nuevo
  4. 새 해 복 많이 받으세요
  5. नया साल मुबारक हो
  6. с Новым годом
  7. 明けましておめでとうございます
  8. bonne année
  9. glückliches neues Jahr
  10. chúc mừng năm mới