Citizenship Test guide is number one borrowed book in Bolton

THE most borrowed book in Bolton Central Library is . . .

Life in the United Kingdom; Official Citizenship Test Study Guide.

And of the top 10 books borrowed from the library since June 2010, three were guides to becoming a UK citizen.

The test itself is computer based and is one of the requirements for anyone seeking Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.

It contains questions such as: “In which two places does the European Parliament meet?”, “How many parliamentary constituencies are there?” and “true or false, Ulster Scots is a dialect which is spoken in Northern Ireland?”

The council said one of the reasons the books may be popular at the Central Library is because it also hosts English language classes.

Other books popular at the Central Library included the official DSA theory test, which was in second place, and popular because the library also hosts an online theory test simulation.

In fourth place was Swedish crime thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which has also been made into a film in its native country and remade as a Hollywood blockbuster starring Daniel Craig.

And month by month lending shows borrowing across all libraries has been dominated by children’s literature, prompted by the summer reading challenge, a national initiative which Bolton takes part in.

Bolton Council ’s Cabinet member for culture, Cllr Chris Peacock, said: “These statistics are just a brief snapshot of certain people’s reading habits in Bolton.

“If you look at our top 10 titles for the same period you will see that Stieg Larsson is just as popular with Bolton’s library users as it is elsewhere, coming in a very close fourth.

“We also have a lot of children’s books that are popular across all our libraries which is to be expected during the summer holidays. The library service encourages children to enhance their reading during this time with the summer reading challenge, which involves participants reading a number of books and taking part in a host of fun activities.”

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8:58am Wed 19 Sep 12

Boltonlass20 says...

Nice to see Bolton News highlighting a great service but I do detect a hint of political provocation. Am sure some of your regular article commenters will have a field day! Shame it couldn't be done without this. Long live Bolton libraries!
Nice to see Bolton News highlighting a great service but I do detect a hint of political provocation. Am sure some of your regular article commenters will have a field day! Shame it couldn't be done without this. Long live Bolton libraries! Boltonlass20

9:23am Wed 19 Sep 12

Nibelung says...

No wonder with all the unwanted immigrants loitering in Bolton town centre.
No wonder with all the unwanted immigrants loitering in Bolton town centre. Nibelung

9:49am Wed 19 Sep 12

Boltonlass20 says...

I rest my case... Change the record!
I rest my case... Change the record! Boltonlass20

10:35am Wed 19 Sep 12

oftbewildered2 says...

how many indigenous Brits could pass the Citizenship test 'cold'? I doubt whether I could. Nice to see that people are still going to the Library - for whatever reason - and that books are being read.
how many indigenous Brits could pass the Citizenship test 'cold'? I doubt whether I could. Nice to see that people are still going to the Library - for whatever reason - and that books are being read. oftbewildered2

11:32am Wed 19 Sep 12

berushka says...

Quite agree with Oftbewildered; some of the questions are very obscure,and what has the EU parliament got to do with Britain? Surely the test should be about basic civil and criminal law, educational law, payment of taxes and insurance and other day to day requirements of being a UK citizen. I doubt if 75% of British citizens could answer this paper to the standard required, yet they are not means tested. Seems just a ploy to pick and choose who gets to stay and who does not. but the comment from nibelung is just typical of those who cannot see further than their own front door.
Quite agree with Oftbewildered; some of the questions are very obscure,and what has the EU parliament got to do with Britain? Surely the test should be about basic civil and criminal law, educational law, payment of taxes and insurance and other day to day requirements of being a UK citizen. I doubt if 75% of British citizens could answer this paper to the standard required, yet they are not means tested. Seems just a ploy to pick and choose who gets to stay and who does not. but the comment from nibelung is just typical of those who cannot see further than their own front door. berushka

11:45am Wed 19 Sep 12

Flycatcher says...

berushka wrote:
Quite agree with Oftbewildered; some of the questions are very obscure,and what has the EU parliament got to do with Britain? Surely the test should be about basic civil and criminal law, educational law, payment of taxes and insurance and other day to day requirements of being a UK citizen. I doubt if 75% of British citizens could answer this paper to the standard required, yet they are not means tested. Seems just a ploy to pick and choose who gets to stay and who does not. but the comment from nibelung is just typical of those who cannot see further than their own front door.
No well, 75% of British Citizens aren't trying to move here are they? If these immigrants really do want to live here why shouldn't they have to put some effort in and research and learn things?

I do agree however that the test subject matter could be lets say, more appropriate.

However my take on this is either folk don't borrow from the library very much anymore and that's why the citizenship book is top, or we have a higher proportion of folk from other places here than I had realised.
[quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: Quite agree with Oftbewildered; some of the questions are very obscure,and what has the EU parliament got to do with Britain? Surely the test should be about basic civil and criminal law, educational law, payment of taxes and insurance and other day to day requirements of being a UK citizen. I doubt if 75% of British citizens could answer this paper to the standard required, yet they are not means tested. Seems just a ploy to pick and choose who gets to stay and who does not. but the comment from nibelung is just typical of those who cannot see further than their own front door.[/p][/quote]No well, 75% of British Citizens aren't trying to move here are they? If these immigrants really do want to live here why shouldn't they have to put some effort in and research and learn things? I do agree however that the test subject matter could be lets say, more appropriate. However my take on this is either folk don't borrow from the library very much anymore and that's why the citizenship book is top, or we have a higher proportion of folk from other places here than I had realised. Flycatcher

8:38pm Wed 19 Sep 12

tnguyengp says...

I work with a company that administers computer based testing and find that those that do well on computer based exams come prepared with a good night’s sleep, know the basic functions of a computer, and have studied months in advance. Experts say the best advice is to just relax and do your best. Best of luck to everyone!
Than Nguyen
http://www.examsoft.
com
I work with a company that administers computer based testing and find that those that do well on computer based exams come prepared with a good night’s sleep, know the basic functions of a computer, and have studied months in advance. Experts say the best advice is to just relax and do your best. Best of luck to everyone! Than Nguyen http://www.examsoft. com tnguyengp

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