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Young Americans’ interest in reading at new high due to online library content

A recent study organized by the Pew Research Center has found that Americans 16-29 have found a larger interest in reading as more libraries get access to online e-books. This age group, often targeted by libraries and publishing companies, have a lot of potential for library activity because of student responsibilities. A lot of local libraries are renovating their own resources to encourage young readers to gain access to new information. Now that e-content is readily available in many libraries across America, 47 percent of people 16-29 read e-content on a regular basis. Of those 47 percent, 30 percent say that they read more frequently because of the easy access of online content. The Norwin Public Library, in Pittsburgh, Pa., recently renovated their space in honor of their 75th anniversary. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, director Diana Falk has noticed that “The library’s young adult room has seen a double-digit increase in circulation in 2009, 2010, and 2011 over each previous year.” Tom Agnew, a member of the library’s board, has noticed that new technology has made the biggest impact on young readers. The Post reports that “8 to 10 percent of customers of Norwin Library come to download e-books onto their handheld iPads or Kindles.” Local young readers have reinforced the recent popularity of online material. Thanks to new types of content, more young adults are accessing libraries.


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