The Pew Research Center recently released a report about younger Americans’ reading and library habits. According to Pew, almost nine in ten people ages 16 to 29 read a book in the past year and almost six in ten used their public library. Of the readers, 75% read a print book, 19% read an eBook, and 11% listened to an audiobook. Young eBook readers are most likely to read on their phones or computers, rather than on a dedicated device such as a Kindle. These young adults use their public library to do research, to borrow books, and to borrow newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. High schoolers are reliant on the library for research as well as pleasure reading; college-aged folks tend to borrow books from friends more than from the library; and college grads don’t rely on libraries as much as they once did. All of these young adults, however, rate libraries as important or very important to them and their families.
This comes as no surprise to us at the Ridgefield Library. Our young adult patrons are an active, vibrant part of our user population, and we look forward to providing them a space of their own in the New Ridgefield Library.
Contributed by Geri Diorio, Head of Children’s Services and the Teen Services Librarian at the Ridgefield Library.