In an effort to serve St. Paul’s growing immigrant community, the city’s library system has translated a children’s book into Amharic and Oromo. The two Ethiopian languages are spoken by large immigrant populations in St. Paul.
The St. Paul Public Library also released two bilingual children’s books in English and the Karen language in 2015 — a first for a Minnesota public library.
Patrons from St. Paul’s refugee and immigrant communities have expressed a need for more books they can read to their children, said Pang Yang, the library system’s community services coordinator. There are an estimated 16,000 Ethiopian immigrants in Minnesota, the vast majority in the metro.
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