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Millennials: a rising generation of booklovers

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(Read caption) A Pew study found that 60 percent of Americans under 30 used a library in the past year.

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Think the only reading your Facebook-updating, Twitter-posting, Google-addicted Millennial is doing is skimming 140-character-or-less Tweets?

Think again.

Not only is the Facebook generation reading and visiting their local library, they’re actually more likely to read and more likely to use their local library.

Yup, that’s right – 18 to 29-year-olds are actually reading a whole lot more than tweets, and more than other adults. Some 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year, compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general.

That unexpected good news comes courtesy of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project which conducted a study examining the role of books, libraries, and technology in the lives of young readers ages 16 to 29.

“A lot of people think that young people aren’t reading, they aren’t using libraries,” Kathryn Zickuhr, a research analyst with Pew told the New York Times. “That they’re just turning to Google for everything.”

Pew’s findings, it turns out, have proved that notion wrong.


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