In the United States, as much as 25% of the adult population are considered illiterate. Libraries can can make a huge difference.
There are many reasons for illiteracy. One of them is having a library nearby at a young age.
The infographic that has just been revealed by Hachette Book Group proves that there is a clear correlation between the number of public libraries and the literacy rate.
Take a closer look at the map of the Unites States. Each state is defined by two icons. The yellow one reflects library density; the red one shows the share of illiterate population.
As you see, the more libraries there are in the state, the smaller the illiteracy rate. Three states with the highest library density – Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine – have also the lowest rate of adult population lacking basic literacy skills.
Libraries instill a lifelong love of reading and help people get access to an incredible world of books. When we fail to support our libraries adequately, illiteracy and related issues tend to become more prominent.
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Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.
– Northrop Frye –
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