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Reading to impress – and bluffing your way through

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A survey of 4,000 readers found that a third read “challenging literature” in order to seem well-read, even though they couldn’t follow what the book was about. Almost half said that reading classics makes you look more intelligent.However, 40% said they had lied about having read certain books, “just so they could join in with the conversation”. 10% of men said they would fib to impress the opposite sex; and “most people” said they would expand on their literary repertoire to impress a new date. In the workplace, 15% had lied to a new colleague about books they have read, and 5% to their employer.
More than half of the 19 to 21-year-olds questioned said they lie about books (but they are also  most likely to get caught out when quizzed).

Favourites for impressing people, in order, were:

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
War and Peace – Tolstoy
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray
1984 – George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Diary of Anne Frank

The survey was carried out by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. (Library and Information Update, March 2007) .This article edited from: 



Hereford Talking Newspaper goes digital.

Filed under: Local library news — hlug @ 8:40 pm
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 In addition to the range of services provided by the library service for partially sighted people, since the early seventies a voluntary organisation known as ‘The Talking Newspaper’ has been producing tape recorded articles taken from the Hereford Times and other local newspapers, which are sent to the homes of visually impaired people, both across the County and wider afield. The Talking Newspaper brings independence; listeners no longer need to rely on a friend to read, and can re-read whenever and as often as they wish.

The costs of running this Charity are relatively low as people so willingly give their time to produce and distribute the recordings. Income is entirely from charitable donations and the generosity of the public has meant that from May this year we have been able to join the digital age and produce CDs for distribution to our listeners. The advanced technology produces a much improved recording quality and therefore a better product.

The organisation is currently looking for a volunteer with technical skills to help maintain our equipment and respond to those difficult times when the gremlins attack. Our early experience of moving into the digital age holds great promise and in time we hope to broaden the range of information provided.

·       Do you, have difficulty in reading newspapers because of poor eyesight?

·       Do you have a family member, friend or neighbour who misses being able to catch up on local news from local newspapers?

·       Do you know that the Herefordshire Talking Newspaper for the Blind is produced fortnightly on CD, and delivered free by post? 

To obtain more information, or to offer technical skills and experience, please contact the Secretary, Elizabeth Wilson, on 01432 853283, or at 36 Widemarsh Street, Hereford.


HLUG member visits library in New Zealand

2-dunedinlibrarynz2-jwb.jpgThe exterior of Dunedin Public LibraryDunedin is a pleasant city, with a strong Scottish influence, situated towards the tip of the South Island of New Zealand. The population of roughly 123,000 is spread over the inner city areas and the spacious suburbs which extend into the hills above the city and along the Otago Peninsular. The University of Otago, in the centre of the city, has a very large student population of 25,000. Built during the 1980’s to replace an older Carnegie Library building, Dunedin Public Library (see photo on right) has four floors devoted to books, reference material, local history, children’s books, audio-visual materials and a huge range of magazines, back copies of which can be borrowed. We had made no prior arrangement to visit, but were impressed by the friendliness of the staff and their willingness to show us around. The ground floor was devoted to a spacious entrance, children’s section, and general fiction. There was a large audio-visual section here too. Upstairs was the reference and non-fiction area with plenty of computer terminals and comfortable tables and chairs. Here also was housed the best range of magazines I have seen in a public library for a long time, including many from the UK. Situated on the third floor were local history and some archive material, plus film readers and more computers for the use of the public. The library was well provided with lecture areas and we were told that talks given by local speakers were popular. On the top floor were offices, bookstores and work areas. Several mobile libraries (see photo below) were also based at the library.The whole building was light and airy and the staff told us that the library was so popular with the locals, that the City Council were planning to expand the building within the next three years to house the ever-increasing book stock and other materials. Hereford City Council please take note! For website see:

mobile-library.jpgPhotos by Joan Williamson

Dunedin Bookbus

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