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  • Hi Bob the Canadian here!

  • Let's learn English at the library!

  • Well hey welcome to this video if this is your first time here and you're learning English don't forget to click the subscribe button below

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  • And if at some point during this video you could give me a thumbs up, that would be awesome.

  • And one more thing, in the description below,

  • if you scroll down in the description there's actually some bonus material to help you practice the English that you're learning in this video.

  • But hey, let's head into the library and learn some English.

  • So welcome to the library, if you're learning English, books are one of the best things that you can use to help improve your English,

  • and libraries are really cool because they're free to you.

  • If you have a library card, here's mine right here, if you have a library card which is free, you can go to your local library and you can borrow a book.

  • When you first walk into a library you will see the front desk and there will be a librarian sitting at the front desk.

  • I'm not a actually a librarian but fun fact, an interesting thing about Bob the Canadian, my mom is actually a librarian.

  • Anyways the front desk is where you will bring your books in order to check them out, or to sign them out.

  • So once you've gone through the library and you've found one or two books to read, this is the place where you would come to sign them out.

  • The librarian will have a little scanner and they'll "beep" the book for you.

  • So in English we say "scan" or "beep" because it makes a beeping sound.

  • They'll go "beep" and then that book will be registered under your name as being borrowed.

  • I'm not sure if you can read this right here but it says "Book Return."

  • So this is a place where you could put a book in if you were returning it to the library.

  • Maybe the librarian is not at their desk.

  • You could return your book by putting it in the slot.

  • Sometimes when you're going to return your book to the library, the library's closed.

  • But most libraries have a book drop off slot on the outside of the library.

  • And you can put your books in here to return them when the library is closed and you're not able to go inside.

  • So libraries have a number of different book sections.

  • The section that I'm standing in front of here is called the "Fiction Section."

  • A fiction section has books that have been written by authors where they have made up the story.

  • So they're not true stories, they're fictional stories.

  • So if you think of books like "The Martian," or books like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" they are fiction books and you would find those books in the fiction section.

  • Another section that the library will have is the "Non-Fiction Section."

  • So the non-fiction section is a great place to get books where you're just looking for information.

  • For instance, maybe you wanted a book about the Prime Ministers of Canada, so you would come to the non-fiction section to find books about information like that.

  • In this area you'll also find books that are true stories, so biographies or auto-biographies,

  • which are the stories of a person's life, stories that are true, as opposed to fiction where the stories are not true.

  • So this is the non-fiction section of the library.

  • So over here in this corner is what's called the "Reference Section" and these are Encyclopedias.

  • What's interesting with encyclopedias is not a lot of people use them anymore.

  • Most people use websites like Wikipedia or they use the internet to do their research,

  • but here we have a couple of encyclopedias where you could look up information if you needed to, but I think they're actually kind of old.

  • So another part of the reference section is a place where you can find dictionaries.

  • And I wanted to show you this book shelf because what's really cool is right here there's a Japanese-English dictionary,

  • a Chinese-English dictionary, and a Spanish-English dictionary, and a French-English dictionary,

  • so sometimes at your local library you'll be able to find dictionaries that will help you learn words in different languages,

  • or to help you learn the English word for the language that you speak.

  • Another section of the library is the "Periodicals" or "Magazine Section." So this is an area where you would find monthly publications.

  • Magazines on different topics.

  • If you wanted to learn about cows, if you wanted to learn how to build things or renovate your house,

  • this is the place where you would come to find a magazine that would tell you how to do that.

  • “..which is a monthly magazine which shows you how to build things you would come to the magazine…"

  • Bob the Canadian is not very good at putting things on the shelf.

  • Most libraries also have a “Kid's Sectionwhere there are only children's books, so kids as well as adults are always welcome to go to the library to find a book to read.

  • So another nice thing about the library is that they have computers, and there's a couple of things that you can use these computers for.

  • You can use the computer to browse the internet, to look things up, or to check your email.

  • But usually you can also use the computer at a library to look up where in the library you can find the book that you're looking for.

  • So let's say you knew a specific book that you wanted to read, you could use the computer to look that book up and it would say it's in this section, under this author's name.

  • It's important when you're at the library to remember that you're supposed to be quiet.

  • Shhhh! is something that we say in English to tell people that they're being too noisy.

  • So hopefully when you're at the library no one says, “Shhh!” to you.

  • But generally in a library it's supposed to be a quiet place where people can study or people can read.

  • So try to keep it quiet.

  • So often times a library will have a reading area where you can sit and read a book, or a magazine, or a newspaper.

  • You don't always have to borrow a book to read it, you can go to the library,

  • you can find a quiet place to sit and read, and you can read a book right at the library.

  • If you're in a library at a University or College, they'll usually have a work area where you can study or do homework.

  • It'll usually have a power outlet so you can plug in a laptop or charge your phone,

  • but going to the library while you're at University or College can be a nice quiet place to get some homework done.

  • Well, hey, thanks for coming to the library with me to learn English.

  • Don't forget there's some bonus practice material down below in the description,

  • and if you have not yet subscribed to this channel please hit the red subscribe button below and the bell icon so you get notifications when I put out a new video.

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  • Bob the Canadian here, learn English with Bob the Canadian.

  • Have a great day!

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