Libraries Remain Central to Communities

A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that despite the increasing use of tablets and e-readers, Americans still love books and still rely on libraries as a central cultural institution.
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Lee Rainie shares insights into the recent study by the Pew Research Center. Rainie's premise: "American adults still read about as much as ever and overwhelmingly say libraries play an important role in their communities."

Among the many data points Rainie shares for insight into the report, the following presents a strong case for the need to present libraries as physical structures at the heart of American communities: "90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community and 67% said it would affect them and their families."

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