Research into Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading by Carolyn Miller, Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell was released on 1 May by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The findings and report cover:
- Library visits by children
- Parents themselves are considerably more likely than other adults to use library services
- Parents are more likely to be interested in expanding library services and adding future tech-related services
- Mothers stand out when it comes to reading and libraries
- Lower income parents are more likely to view library services as very important
The vast majority of parents of minor children — children younger than 18 — feel libraries are very important for their children. That attachment carries over into parents’ own higher-than-average use of a wide range of library services.
…This report is part of a broader effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that is exploring the role libraries play in people’s lives and in their communities.