Study Suggests People Read Less, Eastern Ky. Librarians Suggest Otherwise

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A recent study by the National Endowment for The Arts concludes people are reading less then ever before.

“That's not what I’m seeing,” says Lori Acton of the Laurel County Public Library.

The endowments report found on average Americans ages 15 to 24 spent almost two hours per day watching television but spent seven minutes a day reading for fun.

From 1985 to 2005, money spent on books dropped 14%.

The study may suggest that people aren't reading as much, but talking with people here in Laurel County, they say that's simply not the case.

Acton says just because people are not buying books doesn't mean they are not reading.

“At any given time thirty percent of our book collection is out, so I’m very confused about the study,” says Acton.

In Clay County, school officials say their annual reading celebration summit is why parents and kids are reading more each day.

“You know, go home and read with your parents, read to your parents. If your parents aren't there, read to your dog or your cat,” says Reecia Samples, with the Clay County Board Of Education.

Laurel County officials say the earlier you start reading, the better.

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