EngDiary 0020 - Library Study

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  5. 100 Items


A watercolor painting of a man and a woman studying in a library. The man, of Asian descent with glasses, reads a large book intently at a wooden table, wearing a blue shirt. Beside him, a woman of German descent, Caucasian, with blonde hair tied back, writes notes in a notebook, wearing a green sweater. They are surrounded by tall, dark wooden bookshelves filled with various books, under the soft glow of a classic green banker’s lamp. The scene conveys a cozy, studious atmosphere with muted earth tones and accents of blue and green, reflecting the serene environment of the library.


Alice: (looking up from her geography textbook) Hey Webber, did you know that the Himalayas are still growing? Apparently, the tectonic plates continue to move, which causes the mountain range to rise a few millimeters each year.

Webber: (placing a bookmark in his textbook on Internet Fundamentals) That’s fascinating, Alice. It’s similar to how the internet is constantly expanding. New technologies and infrastructures are developed regularly, which enhances global connectivity.

Alice: That makes sense. It’s like the physical growth of the Earth has a parallel in the digital world. Speaking of which, what are you reading about right now?

Webber: I’m actually looking into the development of the Internet Protocol Suite, commonly known as TCP/IP. It’s quite intriguing how it standardizes communication across the internet, much like how traffic rules standardize driving on roads.

Alice: Oh, interesting analogy with the traffic rules! So, it’s basically the set of rules that govern internet traffic, right?

Webber: Exactly! Without it, data sent over the internet would be chaotic and undeliverable. What about you? What’s caught your interest in geography today?

Alice: I was reading about the concept of continental drift. It’s amazing to think that all the continents were once part of a supercontinent called Pangaea. Over millions of years, they’ve drifted apart to their current positions.

Webber: It’s incredible how dynamic our planet is, much like the internet. Changes may happen slowly, but the effects can be monumental. By the way, have you come across any challenges in understanding your material?

Alice: Well, the timescales involved in geological changes can be quite abstract. Grasping the length of millions of years isn’t easy. How about you? Any challenges with your reading?

Webber: Sometimes the technical jargon can be overwhelming. But breaking down the concepts into simpler parts and relating them to everyday things, like traffic rules, helps a lot.

Alice: Absolutely, relating complex ideas to everyday activities can simplify things. Do you want to take a break and grab some coffee?

Webber: Sure, that sounds great. It’ll give us some time to digest all this information.

Alice: Perfect. I’ll grab my stuff, and we can head out.

Webber: (stretching his arms and yawning slightly) You know, Alice, sitting and reading for so long has really worn me out. How about we take a little tour around the library? I’ve heard they have some art exhibits and other interesting spaces.

Alice: That sounds like a wonderful idea, Webber. It would be nice to stretch our legs a bit. Plus, I’d love to see the art work they have on display here.

Webber: Great! Let’s start at the art gallery on the second floor. They usually feature local artists, and I think this month’s theme is on urban landscapes.

Alice: Oh, that’s right up my alley! I’ve always appreciated how art can offer different perspectives on everyday scenes. Lead the way, Webber.

(They walk to the second floor where various paintings and sculptures are displayed.)

Webber: Look at this painting, Alice. The way the artist has captured the city’s dynamic lighting at dusk is remarkable. It almost looks like the city is alive.

Alice: It does! And see how the shadows play along the streets? It brings a certain depth to the urban environment. Art really can challenge our perceptions.

Webber: Definitely. Now, how about we check out the multimedia space? I heard they recently updated it with new audio-visual equipment.

Alice: Yes, let’s go. I’m interested to see what resources they offer for media enthusiasts.

(They proceed to the multimedia space, equipped with large screens, headphones, and interactive tools.)

Webber: This space is fantastic! You can watch documentaries, listen to audiobooks, or even learn a new language here.

Alice: I might come here more often. The interactive tools could be really helpful for my geography studies, especially the topographic maps and virtual tours.

Webber: For sure. And it looks like they have meeting rooms too. We could use these spaces for group study sessions or project discussions.

Alice: What a resourceful environment! The library is more than just books; it’s a hub of information and creativity.

Webber: Absolutely. Visiting these facilities has definitely lifted my spirits. How about you, Alice?

Alice: I feel rejuvenated too. Exploring the library’s facilities has been an enlightening break from the usual routine. Shall we head back to our books, or is there anything else you’d like to see?

Webber: I think we’ve covered the most interesting parts. Let’s head back and continue our studies. Maybe we can tackle those complex topics with a new perspective now.

Alice: Agreed. After this little adventure, I feel more prepared to dive back into my geography studies.


Account Management

How do I create a library account?
Can I renew my library books online, or do I need to come into the library?
What should I do if I lose my library card?

Resource Availability

How can I check if a book is available at the library?
Are there any e-books or audio books that I can download from home?
Do you have the latest issues of popular magazines and journals?

Borrowing Policies

How many items can I borrow at one time?
What are the fines for overdue books?
Can I borrow books from other libraries in the network?

Research Assistance

Can someone help me find resources for my research paper?
Do you have access to academic databases and journals?
Where can I find primary sources for historical research?

Technology Use

How do I use the public computers in the library?
Is there Wi-Fi available in the library, and how do I connect to it?
Can I print documents from my own device using the library’s printers?

Programs and Events

What kind of events does the library host?
Are there any reading clubs or groups that I can join?
Does the library offer any workshops on digital literacy or research skills?

Facility Information

What are the library’s hours of operation?
Are there study rooms available for reservation?
Is the library accessible for people with disabilities?

Donations and Volunteering

How can I donate books or other materials to the library?
Are there any volunteer opportunities available at the library?
Does the library accept monetary donations?

Special Services

Do you offer any services for job seekers?
Are there literacy and ESL classes available at the library?
Does the library provide notary services?

Rules and Regulations

Are there specific library rules I should be aware of regarding noise levels and food?
What is the library’s policy on cell phone use inside?
How can I report a lost or found item?


Chapter 1: An Unlikely Bookmark

Laura stepped into the grand, old library, her eyes wide with the sacred thrill of a first visit. The smell of old books was a perfume that invigorated her soul. She wandered through the aisles, her fingers grazing the spines of countless books, each a portal to another world.

At the end of the “Classics” aisle, she reached for a worn copy of “Pride and Prejudice.” As she pulled it out, a small, folded piece of paper fluttered to the ground. Intrigued, she unfolded it to find a doodle of a dinosaur wearing a top hat. Below it, in crisp handwriting, were the words: “Mr. Darcy’s not the only gentleman around here!”

Chuckling, Laura glanced around, half-expecting to see someone watching, but the aisle was empty. She placed her bookmark between the pages of Jane Austen’s wit and continued her exploration, the smile lingering on her lips.

Chapter 2: Literary Laughs

Meanwhile, Tom, a history major and part-time cartoonist, was on the other side of the library, sketching the Corinthian columns of the reading room. He had left his doodled bookmark in a favorite book, hoping it would find someone with a shared sense of humor. He often thought of the library as a good place to meet people, although not always the best place to meet outgoing people.

As Laura wandered into the architecture section, where Tom was sketching, she caught sight of his drawing pad. “Is that the library?” she asked, unable to curb her curiosity.

“Yes,” Tom smiled, showing her his sketch of the grand columns. “I try to capture parts of the city. But I find the stories inside here,” he gestured around the library, “even more fascinating.”

“The stories about the city, or the stories within the city?” Laura teased, enjoying the twinkle in his eye.

“Both. But I suppose the real question is, are you enjoying Mr. Darcy and his dinosaurs?”

Laura laughed, delighted. “So, it was you! That bookmark was the best thing I’ve found tucked away in a book!”

Chapter 3: Coffee and Confessions

Their shared amusement at the bookmark led them to the library’s café. Over coffee and the crumbliest croissants, they chatted about their favorite authors, genres, and the peculiar habit of people writing in the margins of library books.

“I confess, I sometimes write comments in the margins,” Tom admitted with a sheepish grin. “It’s like leaving a part of yourself behind in the story.”

Laura raised an eyebrow playfully. “And here I was thinking you respected the sanctity of literature!”

“Oh, I do,” Tom chuckled, “just with a few footnotes of my own.”

Their conversation flowed as smoothly as the coffee in their cups, each laugh and shared story weaving a thread that pulled them closer.

Chapter 4: A Date Between the Shelves

They began meeting regularly at the library, sometimes to discuss a book one of them had finished or to exchange notes scribbled in margins. Tom introduced Laura to graphic novels, while Laura persuaded Tom to read poetry.

One evening, as they were debating the merits of Emily Dickinson versus Walt Whitman, Tom slipped a small drawing across the table to Laura. It was a dinosaur in a top hat, but this time, it was holding a flower.

“I thought Mr. Darcy might need a bit of romance,” Tom said, his eyes hopeful.

Laura took the drawing, her heart fluttering like the pages of a well-thumbed novel. “I think he might,” she agreed softly, “just like his creator.”

Chapter 5: Epilogue in the Stacks

As autumn turned to winter, the library witnessed the deepening of a unique bond, one founded on literary loves and humorous bookmarks. Tom and Laura found not just romance but a best friend in each other, someone who understood the joy of a good book and the beauty of a perfectly timed doodle.

In the place between the stacks, surrounded by the silent witnesses of a thousand stories, they wrote their own, a love story punctuated with laughter, doodles, and a shared whisper that even Mr. Darcy would approve of.


  • The person in charge of managing a library and its resources is called a __________.

  • The system used to categorize books in many libraries is known as the __________ Classification System.

  • Members of a library can borrow books and other media by checking them out at the __________ desk.

  • One of the primary roles of a library is to promote __________ among its patrons.

  • A __________ library specifically targets the needs of young readers with books and resources suited for children.

  • Libraries often provide access to the internet and public __________ for use by patrons who do not have personal access at home.

  • The digital database containing the library’s holdings is typically referred to as the __________ catalog.

  • __________ are materials in a library that can be checked out or used, including books, magazines, and videos.

  • A section of the library where old, rare, and valuable books are kept is known as the __________ collection.

  • Libraries strive to protect user privacy and confidentiality, a practice rooted in the ethical principle of __________.

  • librarian

  • Dewey Decimal

  • circulation

  • literacy

  • children’s

  • computers

  • online

  • resources

  • special

  • privacy

100 Items

  1. Books
  2. Magazines
  3. Newspapers
  4. Journals
  5. DVDs
  6. CDs
  7. Audio books
  8. E-books
  9. E-readers
  10. Computer terminals
  11. Printers
  12. Photocopiers
  13. Scanners
  14. Fax machines
  15. Desks
  16. Tables
  17. Chairs
  18. Study carrels
  19. Private study rooms
  20. Conference rooms
  21. Lecture halls
  22. Catalog kiosks
  23. Self-checkout stations
  24. Book return slots
  25. Book carts
  26. Bookshelves
  27. Reading lamps
  28. Bulletin boards
  29. Notice boards
  30. Display racks
  31. Artwork
  32. Decorative plants
  33. Clocks
  34. Water fountains
  35. Coffee machines
  36. Vending machines
  37. Restrooms
  38. Children’s play area
  39. Toys
  40. Puzzles
  41. Educational games
  42. Craft supplies
  43. Coloring books
  44. Music scores
  45. Maps
  46. Globes
  47. Microfiche readers
  48. Archive materials
  49. Historical documents
  50. Manuscripts
  51. Theses
  52. Dissertations
  53. Reference books
  54. Encyclopedias
  55. Dictionaries
  56. Language learning materials
  57. Study guides
  58. Textbooks
  59. Course reserves
  60. Government publications
  61. Legal texts
  62. Patents
  63. Standards
  64. Codes
  65. Grants
  66. Scholarships info
  67. Career guides
  68. College catalogs
  69. Tax forms
  70. Handicapped-accessible equipment
  71. Assistive listening devices
  72. Screen readers
  73. Large print books
  74. Braille books
  75. Orientation maps
  76. Sign language materials
  77. Lost and found
  78. Security gates
  79. Emergency exits
  80. Fire extinguishers
  81. First aid kits
  82. Lockers
  83. Coat racks
  84. Umbrella stands
  85. Phone charging stations
  86. Wi-Fi access points
  87. Network cables
  88. Remote controls
  89. Headphones
  90. Media players
  91. Projectors
  92. Slide projectors
  93. Video cameras
  94. Digital cameras
  95. Tripods
  96. Binoculars
  97. Telescopes
  98. Musical instruments
  99. Sheet music
  100. Donation box