The clear correlation between libraries and literacy rates (infographic)

The more libraries there are in the state, the smaller the illiteracy rate
The more libraries there are in the state, the smaller the illiteracy rate

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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The clear correlation between the presence of public libraries in the neighborhood and literacy rates

Via Hachette Book Group.

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