ABE English, In the Classroom

A Day in the Life of a Cybernaut

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In this activity, fill in the missing adjectives in this story and get a peek into the life of a Los Angeles Public Library cybernaut. If you need help, I have posted a list of possible adjectives to use below. Everything in this story really happened, although the order of the events might be different.

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A Day in the Life of a Cybernaut

Working in the largest library in the Los Angeles Public Library system is a(n) [ 1  ] experience. More than 100,000 people pass by every day, and many of those need tech support.

I start off my day by going down [ 2  ] sets of escalators. Within the first 10 minutes of my shift, all of the laptops have been checked out. There sure is a(n)[  3 ] demand for them!

I spend a lot of my time reading. This time, it is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’[  4 ](book), 100 Years of Solitude. I am very close to the end, but in between pages, I reach out and help patrons make reservations and print. One needs to print out directions to the dollar store, where she could buy[ 5  ] headphones. The other complains a bit about how[  6 ] of a state California is, and then receives assistance in printing out his bus ticket to Oregon.

Now, I see a man with a laptop with dimensions as big as a medium pizza box coming right towards me. This is going to be a (more) [ 7   ] request, I think to myself.

“The Wi-Fi doesn’t work!”, the [  8 ] man says. I open the laptop and… wow! I see a dog I hadn’t seen in [9   ] years.

This is a Windows XP computer! Talk about [   10] hardware. Although I will admit, the design of the interface is quite [   11], with its easy-to-find bright blue taskbar and green rolling hills in the background.

Time to break the [ 12  ] news: There is no way this computer is connecting to the Wi-Fi. We upgraded our wireless system about three months ago and the patch notes clearly stated that Windows XP is now not compatible. Oh well, he could always try the[  13 ]Starbucks across the street.

I reach the end of the book. It leaves me with a(n) [ 14  ] message: In the end, nothing you do really ever matters. Everything you invent, could have been invented by someone else and no one will ever remember you. I pause and think about whether or not this is something I agree with.

Luckily, there is something else for me to do that is more practical. A [15   ], [ 16  ]woman comes towards me with a smile on her face. She just got a new job! It is up to me to help her use the library’s [ 17  ] tabletop scanner. With it, she can send her hiring paperwork and identification to her [ 18  ] employer. A quick glance at her contract reveals she will be making $175,000 a year. That’s [19   ]!

After I finish working with her, nothing too impressive happens. But that is enough, I think. I can always look forward to another day.

Adjective Word Bank (use these or come up with your own!)

  • depressing
  • fancy
  • impressive
  • tall, middle-aged
  • obsolete/old
  • nostalgic/beautiful
  • interesting
  • three
  • many
  • masterpiece/ famous book
  • high
  • unconventional
  • old
  • inexpensive
  • unfortunate/bad
  • amazing

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