Pew: Parents Depend on Libraries to Nurture Reading Habits

In two previous surveys released over the last year, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that, despite the charge of technology, libraries remain popular among the American public. And in a follow-up report released today, Pew details a segment of the population to which libraries are especially popular: parents of minor children. “Fully 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children,” the report notes, “and 79% describe libraries as ‘very’ important.” Among the parents surveyed, access to books tops the list of important services. “Libraries,” parents say, “help inculcate their children’s love of reading and books.”

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