Study shows young people read more

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A recent study done by the REW Research Center says more than 8 in 10 Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have read at least one book in the past year.

"It is true that young people read. I think there is often an assumption that we don't, people are interested in books this days I think,” said Christina Jones, Altoona Public Library Director.

More and more young people choose reading books as a pastime.

"Recently I feel like I've seen people come, we've seen a lot of younger men come in; we see a lot of teenagers come in after school,” said Jones.

Jones also said the high number of young people reading could be explained by the booming number of young adult series that came out in the past few years, like Twilight and Hunger Games.

"We know that they are getting them from the library too, because often those books have holds lists on them that are over 100 people long,” said Jones.

And it looks like going to a library is becoming more and more common among young people as well. Research suggests that six in ten young people use their local public libraries.

"I like to see more what's out there, and with technology, it is still pretty hard to see what you can read," said 22-year-old reader Laurel Van Steraaten.

John Stoneberg, the director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, says it's no surprise young people are coming to libraries more.
With audio books, music, movies and free internet available, he says there's something for everyone at public libraries today.

"By providing access to alternate forms of reading… they know the library has this, they learn the library has this…they become familiar with us and will use us in the future,” said Stoneberg.

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