It's such a happy-looking library,painted yellow,painted yellow,decorated with palm-tree stickers and sheltered from the Florida sun by its own roof.About the size of a microwave oven,it's pedestrian-friendly,too,waiting for book lovers next to a sidewalk in Palm Beach Country Estates,along the northern boundary of Palm Beach Gardens.
It's a library built with love.
A year ago,shortly after Janey Henriksen saw a Brian Williams report about the Little Free Library organization,a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that aims to promote literacy and build a sense of community in a neighborhood by making books freely available,she announced to her family of four,"That's what we're going to do for our spring break!"
Son Austin,now a 10th-grader,didn't see the point of building a library that resembles a mailbox.But Janey insisted.and husband Peter unwillingly got to work.The 5-year-old owner of a ship supply company modified a small wooden house that he'd built years earlier for daughter Abbie's toy horses,and made a door of glass.After adding the library's final touches(装点)，the family hung a signboard on the front ,instructing users to"take a book,return a book",and making the Henriksen library,now one several hundred like it nationwide and among more than 2 500 in the world,the only Little Free Library in Palm Beach County.
They stocked it with 20or so books they'd already read,a mix of science fiction,reference.titles,novels and kids' favorites."I told them,keep in mind that you might not see it again,"said Janey,a stay-at-home mom.Since then,the collection keeps replenishing(补充)itself,thanks to ongoing donations from borrowers.The library now gets an average of five visits a day.
The project's best payoff,says Peter,are the thank-you notes left behind."We had no idea in the beginning that it would be so popular."
24.Janey got the idea to build a library from______.
A.a visit to Brian Williams
B.a spring break with her family
C.a book sent by one of her neighbors
D.a report on a Wisconsin-based organization
25.The library was built______.
A.by a ship supply company B.on the basis of toy horses
C.like a mailbox D.with glass
26.What can we infer about the signboard?
A It was made by a user of the library.
B.It marked a final touch to the library.
C It aimed at making the library last long.
D It indicated the library was a family property.
27.The passage tells us that the users______.
A.donate books to the library
B.get paid to collect books for the library
C receive thank-you notes for using the library
D visit the library over 5 times on average daily
My mother is the only living person who has never used email to send a letter.In all her life，she has never turned on a computer，opened an email account and touched the Internet.She has a phobia(恐惧症) about technology.When Dad was deadly sick she began to use a cell phone.Mom is far from the information age.She likes the way of her living.In 1955 she met her new husband.Since then she has lived in Silicon Valley.The man is an expert who is rich in computer technology.
Mom is still that farm girl，and she is proudest of it.She sees her friends and her life “real”.She shows no interest in the information and technology life.My mother experienced Depression，World War Ⅱ and the Cold War.She enjoyed country music on The Sons of the Pioneers，a Canadian broadcast.But she had no way to listen to the radio.In the age when a lot of people were moved by Churchill for the first time with radio broadcasts，she only experienced them monthly.
In her early twenties，Mom had worked in the field before she was a wife.Thus family and church became her life's center.She was never really interested in television，though I think she enjoyed a few of the TV series we had watched before，like All in the Family.Computers，the Internet and mobile phones are simply not parts of her life.Mom disagrees with the opinion that technology can make the life easier.In her life，she sees online music，email and information which are “unreal”.
However，I can partly understand.I like to read the books in my schoolbag.And also I am a child who enjoys the online books and music.I've written down my lovehate feelings with my computer.Mom's technophobia surely plays a role here，but it works for her.She's the happiest as she is.
21.The author's mother began to use a mobile phone when ________.
A.she found it hard to find her husband
B.the author's dad was suffering from a serious illness
C.she listened to the radio broadcasts
D.she lived in Silicon Valley in 1955
22.What is the author's mother proudest of according to the passage?
A.Having so many close friends.
B.Experiencing too much in her life.
C.Living in her own life style happily.
D.Keeping in touch with technology.
23.What is the author's attitude towards his mother's technophobia?
A.Doubtful. B.Positive. C.Puzzled. D.Opposed.
24.What's the best title of the passage?
A.My mother's hobbies
B.My mother's farm life
C.My mother's influence on me
D.My mother's real life
With eight bloodshot eyes fixed on a flying object, the pains of a twoyear project were about to bear fruit.
It was Wang Hongyi's first test flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (无人机) designed and assembled (组装) with his teammates from the AeroSport Club (航模队)at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Wang is a senior mechanical engineering and automation major.He has been a plane model fan since childhood.As a freshman, he spent two nights building a model aircraft and took it to the sports field just for fun.Wu Junqi, the coach of Shanghai Jiaotong University's AeroSport Club, spotted Wang and told him his model was outdated.
“I was a little angry, so he took me to the lab，” says Wang.He was immediately drawn to the modern equipment and decided to join the club.As a technology fan, Wang spends most of his spare time in the lab.“He loves what he's doing, so he can stand the loneliness of doing research that others seldom have the persistence to carry out,” says coach Wu.
When Wang and his teammates were building UAV, they lived together in the lab.“We tried to spend as much time together as possible because there were thousands of problems that needed to be solved,” Wang says.They didn't even have time to celebrate when the first test flight of the UAV went well.“We needed to list the problems that occurred during the flight and analyze them to find solutions,” he says.
“Our UAV isn't finished yet, but there are many design projects and people with similar interests waiting for me,” Wang says.“The UAV is just the beginning, not the end of my aircraft journey.”
25.Which of the following words can best describe Wang Hongyi?
A.Hardworking and creative.
B.Proud and quarrelsome.
C.Outstanding and rude.
D.Kind and talented.
26.What does the writer want to do by writing the passage?
A.Encourage students to learn from Wang Hongyi.
B.Inform readers about UAV development in China.
C.Tell readers about Wang Hongyi and his UAV.
D.Call on readers to do what interests them.
27.What message does Wang Hongyi's story convey to us?
A.Nothing is difficult if you put your heart into it.
B.Two heads are better than one.
C.Interest is the best teacher.
D.Actions speak louder than words.