Thursday, October 25, 2012

In Case You Missed It

Pew Research Study Shows  
Many Young People Continue
to Visit Their Local Libraries

In the New York Times article "Young People Frequent Libraries, Study Finds," journalist Christine Haughney explains the results of the recent Pew Research Center study demonstrating that more young people visit the library than popular opinion might think in this digital age.

Here is an excerpt:

According to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Americans surveyed in this age group said they still visited the library. They use libraries to conduct research, borrow print, audio and electronic books and, in some cases, read magazines and newspapers.

That finding would seem to clash with the popular notion that young readers have turned away from libraries and print books as the source of their reading material, said Kathryn Zickuhr, research analyst with the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. “A lot of people think that young people aren’t reading, they aren’t using libraries,” Ms. Zickuhr said. “That they’re just turning to Google for everything.”

To read the entire article, click here.  

MORE on the Power of Libraries and Books!

For fun tips on making the most of your local library's resources with family members of all ages, check out the NCBLA's article "An Affordable Family Night Out: Visit Your Neighborhood Public Library" in the Parent and Guardian Handbook on!

Also be sure to read our article "Why Do Kids Need Books?"