The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day.

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department


a collection of French books

French Bilingual Books

January 07, 2023

Here is a riddle in French:

  • Je parle toutes les langues et j'ai tout le temps la tête à l'envers. Qui suis-je?
  • I speak all languages, and I always have my head upside down. Who am I?

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Armenian Classical Writers

April 24, 2020

Here is a centuries-old Armenian riddle by Nerses Shnorhali.

No feathers and no wings it has,
Swifter than a bird it flies,
From land to land it tours and turns,
With companions it returns.

Image: woman sitting on a chair holding a flower

The Book of Flowers

April 10, 2015

Picture a book that can gracefully endure the trials of the centuries—the water, the fire, the sword. What will this book be about? In what language will it be? There is an old legend about an artist-scribe who was being burned along with a precious manuscript.

collection of Yiddish books

Yiddish: a Living Language

July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… e

The Man Who Planted Trees

April 08, 2014

“For a human character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years.