1. Answer the questions.
1. Where is Washington situated?
2. When was the US capital founded?
3. Who was it named after?
4. Is Washington a typical US city?
5. What kind of industry is developed in Washington?
6. What important government buildings are situated in the city?
7. Where does the US President work?
8. Is there a monument to George Washington in the capital of the United States?
9. What museums and galleries are there in Washington?
10. What places of interest in Washington do you know?
11. Are there universities in the US capital?
12. Why aren't there any skyscrapers in Washington?
13. Is the city very popular among tourists?
2. Read the text and try to explain why this library is so important.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the Nation's library in the USA. It serves not only to members and committees of the Congress, but to libraries throughout the USA and the world and to the scholars, researchers and scientists who use it.
Its foundation was laid in 1815 when President Thomas Gefferson offered his personal library accumulated for 50 years and considered one of the best in the USA at that time as the basis for a great national library.
Now the Library of Congress complex on Capitol Hill includes three buildings. The Thomas Gefferson Building, which has been built in Italian Renaissance style, is the oldest of them. It was the largest and costliest library building in the world when it was completed in 1897. It is decorated with splendid sculpture, murals created by 50 American artists.
The Main Reading Room houses a collection of 45,000 reference books, a part of the extensive main catalog of more than 23 million cards and desk for 212 readers. The Computer Catalog Centre provides public access to the Library's automated catalog.
The simply designed John Adams Building faced with white marble, was opened in 1939. Sculptures on its large bronze doors represent 12 famous writers.
The white marble James Memorial Building opened in 1980 more than doubled the Library's available Capitol Hill space. The building which is the official memorial to the Nation's fourth President contains the James Madison Memorial Hall, exhibition areas, eight reading rooms, offices and storage areas for collections which number over 50 million items.
3. Find any more interesting facts about Washington and represent them in the form of report.
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