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The Chatham-Kent Public Library

The Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) has eleven branch locations, and provides opportunities for culture, community and learning across Chatham-Kent. CKPL offers books in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, Hindi, and English.

Visit a CKPL location to…

  • Get a library card
  • Borrow books, magazines, DVDs and more 
  • Read, study or relax with a newspaper 
  • Participate in a family-friendly activity ( such as movies and story times)
  • Benefit from one of our programs (such as computer workshops and training)
  • Use a free computer or connect to Wi-Fi Internet. 
  • Access Tumblebooks (E-books for kids)

Online Multilingual Resources for Children

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) provides free access to electronic picture books and chapter books in several languages. No registration or downloading is required - just click and read!

In addition, CKPL offers literature for children in ten languages, accessible through CKPL branch locations. Use the online catalogue to find and request books.

Language and Literacy Resources

CKPL Catalogue offers many resources to help children and adults improve their English skils. Use the online catalogue to request one of the staff recommendations below, or find something on your own!

Mango Languages

Mango Take-Out: Language Learning in a Box

Mango Take-Out allows patrons to get the same practical conversation skills and effective language learning experiences they get with Mango Basic, even when they're not online!

Mango Take-Out is the boxed product version of our Mango Basic courses. Each Mango Take-Out box contains a USB drive, pre-loaded with the Mango Basic course for one individual language. There are 12 languages available in all.

The lessons themselves work just like Mango Basic Online, but because Mango Take-Out runs from a USB drive, an internet connection is not necessary – just plug it into your computer and go.

Languages that CKPL carries in the USB format include:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Mango Playaway

Mango Playaway is a self-contained portable player loaded with a high-definition audio version of the Mango Basic course. Mango Playaway is ideal for all age groups and for the visually impaired.

Languages that CKPL carries in the Playaway format include:

  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • French
  • German
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish


Gale Courses
TumbleBook - Language Learning

The Language Learning Section includes a growing selection of books in Spanish and French. Many are bilingual titles which allow the user to read the book in two languages.