How millennials use and value libraries
Younger Americans – those ages 16-29 – fascinate researchers because of their advanced technology habits, racial and ethic diversity, looser relationships with institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders. Here are some interesting results of several years of Pew Research studies into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities, with a special focus on millennials:
· Millennials’ lives are full of technology, but they are more likely than their elders to say that important information is not available on the Internet. 62 percent of Americans under age 30 agree that there is “a lot of useful important information that is not available on the Internet.”
· Millennials are quite similar to their elders when it comes to the amount of book reading they do, but young adults are more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months. 43 percent report reading a book – in any format – on a daily basis, a rate similar to older adults.
· Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website.
· As with the general population, most younger Americans know where their local library is, but many say they are unfamiliar with all the services it may offer. At the same time, they feel they can easily navigate their local library, and the vast majority describe libraries as warm, welcoming places.
· Age is not the only factor in Americans’ engagement with public libraries, nor the most important. People with extensive economic, social, technological and cultural resources are more likely to use and value libraries as part of those networks.
· Deeper connections with public libraries also are often associated with key life moments such as having a child, seeking a job, being a student and going through a situation where research and data can help inform a decision.
Winter Reading Bingo party
Throughout the month of February, patrons have been enjoying a fun new Winter Reading Bingo game for all ages. Now, tomorrow (Friday, February 27) from 4-5 p.m., we will celebrate the completion of the program with an ice cream party.
Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 27) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week features a different activity. Tomorrow is Maker Lab, a chance to tinker with various projects that include sewing, knitting and coding.
Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.
Free science fun for tweens
Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades are invited to learn and have fun at Science Madness on next Wednesday, March 4 from 4-5 p.m.
Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on blogs and websites from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, February 26). You will learn the difference between blogs and websites, hosted and non-hosted sites, choosing a template, adding posts and avoiding common mistakes.
“The Body Snatchers Affair” by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery. “The Chocolate Clown Corpse” by JoAnna Carl is a Chocoholic mystery. “Lying in Wait and Other True Cases” is the 17th in the True Cases series by crime writer Ann Rule. “Obsession in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series. “Crash & Burn” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery revolving around a missing child. “Cold Cold Heart” by Tami Hoag follows a TV reporter with PTSD after an attack by a serial killer.
“The Marriage Counselor” deals with the counselor’s own marriage. “Reality Bites” is a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Winona Ryder. “Patton” is the war film classic starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden. “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile” is a double feature. “Natural Borner Killers: The Director’s Cut” stars Robert Downey Jr. “Anonymous” explores who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare. “Till Human Voices Wake Us” is a supernatural romance set in Australia.
“The Adrenal Reset Diet” by Dr. Alan Christianson provides a plan for optimal functioning of your adrenal glands to help you lose weight. “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi is the first and only diary written by a Gyantanamo detainee since 2002. “Mind Change” by U.K. neuroscientist Susan Greenfield explores the potential harms of social media, search engines and videogames by comparing the minds of people born before and after the advent of the Internet.
Thrillers and other novels
“The Country of Ice Cream Star” by Sandra Newman is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a future America after a devastating plague. “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler tells of four generations of a family with lots of love and a few secrets.
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank our many anonymous donors.
“Don’t let a label limit you. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Asperger’s, which is a high-functioning form of autism. It’s frustrating, but I don’t view it as a major catastrophe. It means I’ve got to try harder to win people over, to be good at what I’m doing and to prove it can be done. It also means I can help others who have it by being a voice.” – British singer Susan Boyle, who auditioned for the Britain’s Got Talent TV program at age 47, was nominated for two Grammys, sold more than 22 million albums and has sung for the pope and the queen.