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Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading
Pew Charitable Trusts

May, 2013

The vast majority of parents of minor children – children younger than 18 – feel libraries are very important for their children. Fully 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as “very important.” That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6): 84% of them say libraries are “very important.”

The ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.

The importance parents assign to reading and access to knowledge shapes their enthusiasm for libraries and their programs:

  • 84% of these parents who say libraries are important say a major reason they want their children to have access to libraries is that libraries help inculcate their children’s love of reading and books.
  • 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.
  • 71% also say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries are a safe place for children.

Read more at http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/05/01/parents-children-libraries-and-reading/?utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=4894c17a70-Newsletter_050113&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a7fe984b-4894c17a70-387803110



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