Myth Dispelled: Youngsters Do Read!

Nicholas C. Rossis

New York Public Library | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books New York Public Library

I have written before about the reality behind the myth that youngsters no longer read. Now, a Pew Research Center survey has the surprising answer to the question, which adult generation is more likely to have visited a public library in the past year: it’s the Millennials. Yes, the same Millennials widely accused of not reading!

A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. That compares with 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of those in the Silent Generation (it is worth noting that the question wording specifically focused on the use of public libraries, not on-campus academic libraries),

All told, 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they…

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