Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced Thursday that Amharic is now part of the language collection at the Silver Spring Library.
More than 58,000 Africans live in Montgomery and the largest group among them is Ethiopians, according to a county news release.
Amharic is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia and is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, according to the release.
The new collection includes young readers’ stories and language learning materials, adult fiction and nonfiction, and some compact disks.
The county’s public libraries already house collections in Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, French and Russian. A Farsi language collection will be added to the Gaithersburg and Praisner library branches in early winter, according to the release.