Talking Books: Mantra Lingua PENpals

Books have lots to say. And sometimes, they even say it out loud.

Your Library has handheld devices called PENpals that will read special, pen-enabled books aloud. All of our talking books can read in 2 languages: English and 1 of over a dozen other languages. This makes them great resources for learning and practicing languages while visiting the Library.

How do I find the talking books?

We have an array of picture books and bilingual dictionaries to enjoy. You can find our talking books by searching “PENpal (talking pen) enabled book” in the catalogue or by clicking here

If you prefer to browse our collection in person, keep your eyes open for books with “PENpal (talking pen) enabled book” labels on the front cover. And remember, you can always ask Library staff to bring you to the correct shelf – we love to help people find the right books!  

Now that I have a talking book, where do I find the PENpals?

PENpal devices are available at Central Library, Keshen Goodman Public Library, and Woodlawn Public Library. Grab your library card and stop by the Information Desk to ask for a PENpal; staff will be happy to check out a device to your card and show you how it works.

I have my PENpal and my talking book. What's next?

Settle in at the Library and let the talking begin!

PENpal devices can only be used at Halifax Public Libraries locations. They cannot be taken home. You can use the PENpal in the library for up to 3 hours. And when you are finished, return the PENpal to the Information Desk so it can be checked in and removed from your library card.

If books could talk… they’d say: “Happy reading!”