The Reading / Listening - Libraries - Level 2

Garbage collectors in Turkey's capital Ankara are recycling books they find in the trash. They created a mobile library full of books that people have thrown away. There are over 9,000 books on its shelves. The books are divided into over 20 categories, including politics, romance, history, literature, health and economics. The library is inside a truck that tours schools around Ankara. The garbage collectors want to make children more passionate about books, especially in the age of mobile phones and tablets. Many schools do not have a reading room or library.



The library has got a lot of attention and there is a campaign for it to grow. People in Turkey are sending their old books to the library. The library director said: "The interest is growing. Each day we have guests coming here to borrow books or have a quiet time to read." A library worker said: "We have books here for children aged from six to ten, but also books for older children, like world classics and fiction novels. We hope that it will...arouse a passion for books." Turkey has just one public library for every 70,000 people, compared to one for every 6,200 people in the European Union.

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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 9,000 books
  3. The books are divided into
  4. history, literature, health
  5. The library is inside a truck
  6. make children more passionate
  7. in the age
  8. Many schools do not have
  1. about books
  2. and economics
  3. a reading room
  4. find in the trash
  5. of mobile phones
  6. over 20 categories
  7. on its shelves
  8. that tours schools

Paragraph 2

  1. The library has got a
  2. there is a campaign for
  3. sending their old books
  4. Each day we have
  5. coming here to
  6. have a quiet time
  7. it will arouse a passion
  8. one public library for every
  1. to the library
  2. 70,000 people
  3. borrow books
  4. lot of attention
  5. for books
  6. it to grow
  7. to read
  8. guests

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Garbage collectors in Turkey's capital Ankara are recycling books they find (1) ___________________. They created a mobile library full of books that people (2) ___________________. There are over 9,000 books on its shelves. The books (3) ___________________ over 20 categories, including politics, romance, history, literature, health and economics. The library (4) ___________________ truck that tours schools around Ankara. The garbage collectors want to make children (5) ___________________ books, especially in the age of mobile phones and tablets. Many schools do not have a (6) ___________________ library.

The library has got a (7) ___________________ and there is a campaign for it to grow. People in Turkey are sending their old books to the library. The (8) ___________________: "The interest is growing. Each day we have guests coming here (9) ___________________ or have a quiet time to read." A library worker said: "We have books here for children aged from six to ten, but also books for older children, (10) ___________________ and fiction novels. We hope that it will...arouse a passion for books." Turkey has (11) ___________________ library for every 70,000 people, (12) ___________________ for every 6,200 people in the European Union.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GarbagecollectorsinTurkey'scapitalAnkaraarerecyclingbookstheyfind
inthetrash.Theycreatedamobilelibraryfullofbooksthatpeoplehaveth
rownaway.Thereareover9,000booksonitsshelves.Thebooksaredivid
edintoover20categories,includingpolitics,romance,history,literatur
e,healthandeconomics.Thelibraryisinsideatruckthattoursschoolsar
oundAnkara.Thegarbagecollectorswanttomakechildrenmorepassio
nateaboutbooks,especiallyintheageofmobilephonesandtablets.Man
yschoolsdonothaveareadingroomorlibrary.Thelibraryhasgotalotofa
ttentionandthereisacampaignforittogrow.PeopleinTurkeyaresendin
gtheiroldbookstothelibrary.Thelibrarydirectorsaid:"Theinterestisgr
owing.Eachdaywehaveguestscomingheretoborrowbooksorhaveaqu
iettimetoread."Alibraryworkersaid:"Wehavebookshereforchildrena
gedfromsixtoten,butalsobooksforolderchildren,likeworldclassicsan
dfictionnovels.Wehopethatitwill...arouseapassionforbooks."Turkey
hasjustonepubliclibraryforevery70,000people,comparedtoonefore
very6,200peopleintheEuropeanUnion.

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

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Free writing

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