Friday, January 16, 2009

Fiction reading makes a comeback

I don't know if you've all seen this article in the NY Times, but it's glorious news. The age of the book is far from over, my friends. From "Fiction Reading Increases for Adults":
After years of bemoaning the decline of a literary culture in the United States, the National Endowment for the Arts says in a report that it now believes a quarter-century of precipitous decline in fiction reading has reversed.
I get a strong sense this is happening because the economy is bad and when the economy is bad, people go to the library more. And why shouldn't they? Everything is free and that rules.

How will you promote reading? This article addresses fiction specifically, but what about poetry? What about nonfiction works? How do we guide people's eyeballs and minds back to all the bounty the written word provides?

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  • Thank you sharing this article. I agree with your assessment of the economic situation in regard to reading. I have really seen an increase in the number of people coming into the library lately (especially for new books and DVDs).

    In response to your question: how do we get people involved in reading and introduce them to books? I think one answer is reviving book clubs. Here is a good example of how whole communities can get involved. As for poetry, my library has an open mic poetry jam session for teens every month. Southfield Public Library also holds a similar program in their new coffee shop.

    By Blogger Jessenma, At Friday, January 16, 2009  

  • Our library has a binder for patrons to list the fiction that they recommend/have recently read, with a section for comments. In that regard, has anyone read a book he/she thinks is great lately?

    By Blogger Beth, At Saturday, January 17, 2009  

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