Cadott, WI (WEAU) - Since the 1950's, Americans have spent less time reading and more time watching television.
So, the American Library Association created national library week to celebrate its contributions. We recognized that April tradition on Sunrise to see how technology is keeping kids engaged within the walls of a renowned institution.
"I love reading. It's like my favorite hobby ever and everyone in school knows it,” says Sarah Kuipers, Senior at Cadott High School.
For this Cadott High School senior, books are her past, present and future.
"Hopefully elementary education and library science minor,” she says. “I hope to install a love of reading with all my students when I have them. I love reading so much. I just want everyone to love reading."
Reading is just one reason to celebrate this week.
"With National Library Week, I think it’s just a week to kind of celebrate libraries and what they have to offer people. There's very few American institutions that really give people free and equitable access to basically anything that they want,’ says Nick Kotek, Librarian at Cadott High School.
"I really like being able to travel to different worlds and kind of experiencing what that character is experiencing at the time,” says senior Kelly Irish of Cadott High School.
For this high school senior, its reading authors like Shakespeare that are preparing her for college.
"I feel pretty intelligent when I'm reading a book. It has definitely widened up my vocabulary,” says Kelly.
Instead of diving into the pages of fiction & nonfiction, technology is playing its role in this environment.
"With things like the Kindle and Amazon, and everything, people can get what they want really quickly. But there's still that fundamental need for the library. Not everybody can afford those devices and the library offers that,” says Nick.
Even using the World Wide Web keeps people interested in stepping into this world of knowledge.
"Libraries are very important. Without libraries you don't have access to the books you need. Although web resources are necessary part of research,” says Sarah.
Kelly says, "Libraries do offer so many new experiences, new opportunities that are important for people to have in education."
"Go to your library, celebrate it. Check out a book, you know see what's there and what it has to offer because it is something in your community that is free and available for you,” says Nick.