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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

YOU LIKE LITERATURE, YOU REALLY LIKE IT...

Well, more so than you have for quite some time...

Literary reading on the rise for first time in history of Arts Endowment survey
January 12, 2009

Washington, D.C. -- For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts. Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read.

"At a time of immense cultural pessimism, the NEA is pleased to announce some important good news. Literary reading has risen in the U.S. for the first time in a quarter century," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "This dramatic turnaround shows that the many programs now focused on reading, including our own Big Read, are working. Cultural decline is not inevitable."

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Note: It appears that the economic meltdown is also helping libraries: more people are stopping by for help locating job leads and polishing up resumes…

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