Roses are Red, Library Rosettas Are Free

Roses are Red, Library Rosettas Are Free

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In this increasingly globalized world, knowing a second language can never hurt. And the Rosetta Stone can always help.

To assist with the help, Clermont County Public Library offers a limited Rosetta Stone free of charge. Named after the Ancient Egyptian artifact that was instrumental in cracking the hieroglyphic code, The Rosetta Stone Program is a language-learning software for more than 30 languages. The “limited” feature offered by the library, however, includes access to the teaching tools of the Rosetta Stone for only five languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French and Spanish (Latin America).

You have to act fast on this opportunity, however, because the library’s subscription is about to expire and the Rosetta Stone company has decided to not renew or offer any new subscriptions for libraries. The Rosetta Stone will be available through the library only until August 31.

In order to make use of this opportunity, people need to have a Clermont County Public Library card. The good news? You don’t have to be a Clermont County resident to receive a library card. You just need photo proof of your identification, and you can sign up for a card.

With your library card in hand, you can start using the Rosetta Stone online through the Clermont County Library. The link to the Rosetta Stone is located on the left-hand side of the page.

Before beginning the language experience, you will need to register with the Rosetta Stone by creating a user name and password, which you will use each time you return to use the program. In addition to a user name and password, you will need your library card number (located on the card itself) and a valid e-mail address.

Once registered, you can start expanding your communication opportunities any time, anywhere as long as you have Internet access. And the next time you go to Chipotle, you might just be able to place your order in Spanish.

The Boone County libraries also offer portions of the Rosetta Stone program, with four languages to choose from: German, Russian, Spanish and English. There’s currently a hold or waiting list for the software. To expedite the process, just reserve tha language of your chocie and wait for the copy to be turned in.


This special and highly-sought-after program, is treated just like a regular book and may only be checked out for only three weeks at a time.


Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: The McAlpin
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