UVA International Clinic Opens Library for Non-English Speakers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia's International Family Medicine Clinic is celebrating the opening of its free multilingual library to better serve its patients.
The clinic serves patients who speak more than 40 different languages - many of whom have a hard time finding books in their native language.
The Little Free library has 120 books in more than 20 different languages. Many of the books have the English translation in them, helping the parents learn English while they are reading to their children. The clinic's medical director says sometimes these books can be hard to come by.
"If you can find them online, they are quite expensive and many of our refugees cannot afford that so being able to provide adults and teenagers with books in their native languages will be really wonderful," said Dr. Fern Hanuck of UVA Family Medicine.
Grants from the Bama Works Fund and Congregation Beth Israel of Charlottesville were used to buy books for the library and UVA Health System donated the bookshelf.
The library is taking donations if you have books at home in other languages.