The Reading / Listening - Libraries - Level 1

Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey are recycling books they find in the trash. They started a mobile library. It has over 9,000 books on its shelves. There are over 20 categories of books, including politics, romance, history, literature and economics. The library is inside a truck. It tours schools around Ankara. The library wants to make children more passionate about books, especially in the age of mobile phones. Many Turkish schools do not have a library.



The library has got a lot of attention. People want it to grow and are sending their old books to it. The library said: "Each day we have guests coming here to borrow books or have a quiet time to read." It said: "We have books here for children aged from six to ten, but also books for older children....We hope that it will...arouse a passion for books." Turkey has one public library for every 70,000 people; the European Union has one for every 6,200 people.

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Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/15/europe/garbage-collectors-open-library-with-abandoned-books/index.html
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkish-garbage-collectors-pick-out-their-own-library-180968015/
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/09/c_137595537.htm


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. recycling books they
  2. There are over 20 categories
  3. history, literature
  4. The library is inside
  5. It tours schools
  6. more passionate
  7. especially in the age
  8. Many Turkish schools do
  1. of books
  2. around Ankara
  3. not have a library
  4. and economics
  5. of mobile phones
  6. a truck
  7. find in the trash
  8. about books

Paragraph 2

  1. The library has got a lot
  2. People want it
  3. Each
  4. we have guests
  5. borrow
  6. arouse a passion
  7. public
  8. one for every
  1. day
  2. for books
  3. books
  4. to grow
  5. 6,200 people
  6. library
  7. of attention
  8. coming here

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey (1) ___________________ they find in the trash. They (2) ___________________ library. It has over 9,000 books on its shelves. There are over 20 categories of (3) ___________________, romance, history, literature and economics. The library (4) ___________________ truck. It tours schools around Ankara. The library wants to make children (5) ___________________ books, especially in the age of mobile phones. Many Turkish schools (6) ___________________ a library.

The library has got a (7) ___________________. People want it to grow and are sending their (8) ___________________ it. The library said: "Each day we have guests coming (9) ___________________ books or have a quiet time to read." It said: "We have books here (10) ___________________ from six to ten, but also books for older children....We hope that it will...arouse (11) ___________________ books." Turkey has one public library for every 70,000 people; the European Union has (12) ___________________ 6,200 people.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GarbagecollectorsinAnkara,Turkeyarerecyclingbookstheyfindinthet
rash.Theystartedamobilelibrary.Ithasover9,000booksonitsshelves.
Thereareover20categoriesofbooks,includingpolitics,romance,histor
y,literatureandeconomics.Thelibraryisinsideatruck.Ittoursschoolsa
roundAnkara.Thelibrarywantstomakechildrenmorepassionateabout
books,especiallyintheageofmobilephones.ManyTurkishschoolsdono
thavealibrary.Thelibraryhasgotalotofattention.Peoplewantittogrow
andaresendingtheiroldbookstoit.Thelibrarysaid:"Eachdaywehaveg
uestscomingheretoborrowbooksorhaveaquiettimetoread."Itsaid:"
Wehavebookshereforchildrenagedfromsixtoten,butalsobooksforold
erchildren....Wehopethatitwill...arouseapassionforbooks."Turkeyh
asonepubliclibraryforevery70,000people;theEuropeanUnionhason
eforevery6,200people.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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