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Learn English with this public libraries English lesson

Date: Aug 20 2014

Themes: Hobbies, School

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns

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If you move to a new city for school or work, you’ll likely want to find out where the public library is located. With its massive collection of free books, the library is a great way to save money. You don’t own the books you get from the library, but you can use all the resources and materials found there without paying any money. Just sign up for a library card and then you can reserve books, audio books, movies, and music to take home with you.

Public libraries usually work together with other libraries in the state or country, so even if your local library doesn’t have the book you want, they can probably get it for you! Kids can spend time looking at books and picking out new stories to read. If you’re lucky, there will even be a special reading time for kids each week.

Marni and Jessica visit the library often. Why? Learn more in today’s English lesson about reading.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Jessica

Jessica

Jessica:  So, Marni. The other day I was driving downtown, and I came across the new library. And I swear it is the city’s best-kept secret.

Marni:  Oh, really? A library.

Jessica:  Yes. It is absolutely gorgeous. They have a massive, massive collection of books and newspapers, and a play area for kids.

Marni:  Wow.

Jessica:  It’s incredible.

Marni:  You know, I love public libraries. They’re such great resources for so many things. You can get so many great books. If you’re a teacher, you can get massive collections of certain materials for kids. Or just using it as a tool to get books for your family or whatever.

Jessica:  Absolutely. Now they have all of these audio-visual resources as well, like audio books. Our library you can reserve audio books, which is really cool.

Marni:  You can rent movies. It’s kind of great.

Jessica:  I know. I use the library all the time.

Marni:  I do, too.

Jessica:  I just love it. Well, we’ll have to go to the library together.

Marni:  Sounds like a date.

Jessica:  Sounds good.

 

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Discussion

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Jessica just found the public library, and she’s excited to tell Marni about it. There are lots of cool things about this library, including its many books, newspapers, and area for children to play.

Marni seems impressed but not surprised. She loves libraries. She knows that libraries are a great place for teachers or families to go for materials they don’t have to buy.

Jessica also likes audio books. Sometimes it’s fun to listen to books instead of read them. Marni also mentions that movies are available at the library, too. The two friends plan to visit the library together soon. Who knows what they’ll find?

What’s your library like? How often do you visit the library?

 

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sunny_ling88

China

There is a big public library in my city, it is located on the centre of city, but I have never gone there. I used to go to the library when I was in the university.

12:28 AM Sep 22 2014 |

vik32

vik32

India

i dont go to library very often as in today’s  world everything i available on internet. however, if you are looking for a peaceful place where you can read your favourite book with no disturbance then library is the best place. i used to go to librry when i wasnt very much familiar with internet it was the best time.

10:21 PM Aug 30 2014 |

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Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

Time is changing fastly…in past ,Public libraries were very important ..yess they were little boring with strict rules..no talking..no laughing..away from houses..only in working hours they were open ..anyway it has different taste with thousands books…


Time is changing fastly…in Today,Technology bring all people “a private library” via internet and other devolopments..behind the buttons,very rich library waits us..we can search everything,we can reach all newspapers,magazines,news everywhere..



12:14 AM Aug 25 2014 |

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buttafly

buttafly

Germany

A public library used to be a provider of learning and studying with physical books or journals.
Nowadays they have to find new ways to attract the generation of facebook, google and Wikipedia users. The result of this is fewer shelves of journals and books to hold on to.
Services like free access to the internet, a meeting area with coffee, more comfortable spaces for reading and learning are now, what people call “good qualities”of a library.
Every now and then I do enjoy all of the above mentioned qualities in my library. Sitting down comfortably, having a good cup of coffee while flipping though research material :)

05:42 AM Aug 24 2014 |

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Mr. Learner

Peru

Unfortunatly, I haven’t ever been to a public library. I wish I can. :\

05:16 AM Aug 24 2014 |

ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria

Since the beginning of this century, computer advent has changed our communities and also our personal habits including reading books. 



Rather than spending time in public library I always prefer to have my own library and make a silence room space inside of my home and read a book, magazine or things like this or site in the balcony and browse scientific articles related to my specialist. But a few days later (exactly 6 days) everything will change for me and i have to migrate to Turkey and a university in Istanbul which means that i could use one of the greatest libraries in the world and its valuable resources. I think i will spend so much time in liberary which entitles me an excited feeling. 

12:06 AM Aug 24 2014 |

GilRodriguez

El Salvador

mi library is in my computer there are so much e book that i like me.


 

07:02 AM Aug 23 2014 |

mahi7

mahi7

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

im in to library but my own library in my house not the public one,reading books in my library makes me feel better and i think this is more updated but as a whole  i enjoy buying and choosing different kinds of books,thats amazing.

11:58 AM Aug 21 2014 |

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

My library is with old books from my past education that you can see dust on books,i usually don’t visit the library because books are old and not new and it is just easting time.

11:48 AM Aug 20 2014 |

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ana karnia

ana karnia

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like to walk between bookcases in the library and find my favorite books or find new books about the topics I’m interested in.I go to library every week during semester.

09:28 AM Aug 20 2014 |

schrodinger61

Turkey

I think internet is more useful than libraries.Because we can find every knowledge in the internet also time is invaluable in nowadays

08:36 AM Aug 20 2014 |

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englishteacher24/7

United States

Public libraries are a tremendous resource of information, free internet access, and reference information. In addition, some libraries have book sales for $1.00 a bag, what a bargain and a grand place to spend time. Thanks for this topic!

majiaoqin

majiaoqin

China

i often go to the library to borrow books.you can get what book you want,and of course CD.

06:28 AM Aug 20 2014 |

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Fiona5

Fiona5

China

there is a library near my company , i sometimes go to the library for self-study .

06:26 AM Aug 20 2014 |

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kamanrabin

kamanrabin

India

one can collected various informations in a library without pay more money,because library is the main gateway to search different source of knowledge through books.

05:21 AM Aug 20 2014 |

sara1998

sara1998

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

you know,when ever i go to libraries i do can concentrate on my lessons.beauze in the libraries every where’s silent and every one’s studying so there’s nothing to distract you and that’s great!

01:49 AM Aug 20 2014 |

forugh

forugh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don’t like studying in library,because it’s too quiet and makes me fall asleep…but I like borrowing books from library.

12:42 AM Aug 20 2014 |

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kimnga

kimnga

Viet Nam

I used to work at a library of an elementary school  in Houston. My job is to help the librarian check in, check out books for kids, supervise students during the reading time and do miscellanous things in the library. I like this job although it was just my part time job while I was taking some college courses. Even now I still remember the feeling of coming to  school very early in the morning, and together with other teachers & school staffs greeting kids dropped off by their parents in front of school. It is a fond memory that will  be with me always.

11:58 PM Aug 19 2014 |

S&W

S&W

China

I was so into library.I always spend whole day at library.Never feel boring.My old house is near to the library.Only ten minutes by walk.The publice library in our city is very big,Beside books,magzines,newspapers ,It also hold exhibition of paintings and calligraphy,having a special place for making pottery and an opened bookstore.It really a great place to spend leisure time.

09:41 PM Aug 19 2014 |

Eric_

Eric_

China

They are no free libraries in our city…



i seldom go there, If i wanna buy A book, I shop online… convenient

08:19 PM Aug 19 2014 |

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