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This article is from a few years back, but I think this summer is an excellent time to catch up on it.

Libraries Are Always Being Told We’re Obsolete

Usually librarians are constantly being asked to comment or being told that libraries are worthless now that there is the internet. However, as the recent push back against Forbes and their opinion piece that Amazon would do it better than libraries has shown, libraries actually are very busy places offering all kinds of services and they are being appreciated.

But We’re NOT

From the interview linked to below:

“According to a new Pew Research Center report, those under 30 were more likely to have read a book in the last year than those over the age of 30. And they’re more likely to use the library as well.”

So this is very good news that Millennials and the up and coming generations appreciate libraries more than their direct elders. Take the tip and stop by our libraries here at Kirkwood or your local public library today!

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/14/348412114/millennial-generation-likes-old-fashioned-technology-books

Follow Ups

On-going surveys have continued to support these findings.

From 2017:
Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

From 2018:
People Prefer Print Books

Who doesn’t read books?

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.