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Parental Connection to Libraries Defined

Library PatronWhat’s the one thing that nearly all parents agree is valuable for their children? The library, of course! Ninety-four percent of parents say libraries are important for their children, according to new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The study, “Parents’ and Children’s Special Relationship with Reading and Libraries,” reveals the strong connections parents have with public libraries.

“This study echoes what librarians have heard from parents for years: libraries encourage and build a love of reading and books,” said American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan in a statement. “Librarians provide more information and resources than any family can afford to have at home. Libraries provide a safe and welcoming space for reading and learning.

“A whopping 77 percent of teenagers come to us to support their out-of-school learning! Libraries continue to link people with the information and the critical resources they need to educate themselves and to connect with their communities. Eighty-seven percent of children who visited the library do so to borrow books. Fifty-five percent went to do school work.

“An important way in which libraries support lifelong learning is by offering public programs that range from story time for preschoolers to homework programs for teens,” she continued. “A recent report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services finds that libraries offered 2.3 million programs for children. Attendance at these children’s programs exceeded 60.5 million.

Read the rest of Sullivan’s statement or read the full report.

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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