Hold On To Your Library Card!

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Encouraging news from the Pew Research Center this week. Listening to NPR this week, I heard the results of a study showing that 60 percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 are still reading and going to the library. If you want a break from the campaign news, here’s a link to the story:

http://www.npr.org/2012/10/23/163414069/americas-facebook-generation-is-reading-strong

The library patrons in the picture are not yet 16, but they have all the signs of becoming lifelong library fans. I took this picture of several first grade students after they selected their books because of a conversation I had with a first grade teacher. We were talking about what books 6-year-olds are reading, and I decided to conduct my own very unscientific poll. Like the people at the Pew Research Center, I found enthusiastic library users. Among the books the kids checked out were Eloise’s Pirate Adventure, a Stink book by Judy McDonald and Angelina on Stage.

There are lots of wonderful books for emerging readers, but these are among the most popular in our library: 

Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

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