listening lab 0919

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What do people think about old books?

 

2.  Why did the value of old books go down suddenly?

 

3.  Do most libraries want people's used books? 

 

4.  What did the librarian at the small library once find in a box of used books?

 

5.  What problem do libraries and citizens both have?  

 

 
Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

OLD BOOKS

      Recycling is often in the news these days.  People want to recycle in order to put less of a strain on the environment, but some items are difficult or impossible to recycle. Take old books, for example.  They seem like they'd be easy to recycle, but they're not.  
 
    One recycling center in Ohio recently announced that it had stopped accepting books.  The director said the center usually receives about 36,000 kg of books each year, and they had received only $40 for the last truckload of about 18,000 kg. He said that books were just not worth collecting because the value of used books plummeted when China stopped accepting materials and books flooded the domestic paper mills. He added, "If the price goes back up, we'll think about accepting books again."
      Maybe people think that if the recycling center won't take the books, surely the local library will.  But the libraries don't want them, either.  Libraries are regularly asked to take boxes of used books, but most of the libraries refuse the books.  At a small library, the librarian said, "We get people bringing material that is out of date, like old travel guides or old encyclopedias.  Lots of the books smell musty, like they've been in someone's basement for many years.  I've found bugs in the boxes.  Once I even found a scared, little mouse!  So, unfortunately, we've had to stop accepting donations completely."
 
     At another, much bigger library, the policy isn't so black and white.  According to the librarian there, they do accept donations, but the books must be in nearly mint condition.  "That means they can't have mold growing on them or even smell musty, they can't have any stains on the pages, and their covers must be pristine," she said.  She added, "And the books must be relatively new.  By that, I mean published only three or four years ago."  
 
     At every library, the employees said the same thing — they don't know what to do with the old books they have.  So libraries, just like the people of the community they serve, are in need of a way to recycle the books that are no longer useful.  Let's hope someone comes up with a good solution soon.   
 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

1.  What do people think about old books?

They think they are easy to recycle.

or  They think they must be easy to recycle.

 

2.  Why did the value of old books go down suddenly?

The value suddenly went down because China stopped accepting materials and books flooded the domestic market.

 

3.  Do most libraries want people's used books? 

No, they don't.

 

4.  What did the librarian at the small library once find in a box of used books?

She found a live mouse!

 

5.  What problem do libraries and citizens both have?  

They don't know what to do with books they no longer need.

 

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