Whether you want to stay practiced with your first language or improve your English skills, we have a range of resources and groups that can help.

Non-English language books are available in:

  • Chatham Library – books in Bengali, Chinese,  Gujarati, Hindi, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil and Urdu
  • Gillingham Library – books in Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu
  • Rochester Library – books in Hindi, Polish, Punjabi and Russian, plus a collection of "quick reads" in  Arabic, French, German and Spanish
  • Strood Library – books in Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu

Dual language books

Most libraries hold dual language children's books, with the story in English and one other language.

For more information about available languages please ask at your library.


Newspapers in Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu are available in some libraries. For more information please ask library staff.