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How young Americans use libraries (report)
Latest Pew Internet report is a very comprehensive study about habits of young Americans when it comes to books, reading and libraries.
We shared already one outcome of the report, showing a very promising trend in how teenagers aged 16-17 approach ebooks. The main part of the report is, however, devoted to recognize library habits and preferences of the younger generation of Americans.
Currently, 63% of all Americans ages 16 and older claim they have a library card. Considering in-person visits, 84% of Americans aged 16+ have ever visited a library or bookmobile. Younger people, 16-29, were slightly more eager to visit libraries than the average (86%).
It gets really interesting if we follow the data on visiting library websites – “the younger the better” doesn’t seem to be the rule:
Almost half of Americans ages 16-49 have ever visited a library website, but the youngest ones were not the leading group. Only 23% of teenagers claimed they visited a library website in the past year. It’s one-third less than Americans aged 30-49 (32%).
The youngest Americans are also not the heaviest users of mobile phones when it comes to visiting library websites and accessing libraries’ resources. 18% of people aged 18-49 have used a mobile phone for that purpose, compared to 16% of 16-17 year olds.
The report lists also changes in library use:
- 26% of recent library users say their own use of local libraries has increased in the past five years, including 22% of those under age 30,
- 22% say their use has decreased. This includes 30% of those under age 30, making them significantly more likely to say this than adults ages 30 and older (19%),
- 52% say their use has stayed the same during that time period, including 47% of those under age 30.
Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations report is based on a Library Services Survey conducted between October 15 and November 10, 2012. You can download the full text in pdf format from here.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
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by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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