Let’s hear it for our local libraries!

By Meghan Overdeep
January 27, 2020
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Despite evidence to the contrary, books still reign supreme in America.

According to a recent Gallup poll, visiting the local library remains the most common cultural activity Americans engage in—by a landslide.

“The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities,” Gallup reports. “Americans attend live music or theatrical events and visit national or historic parks roughly four times a year on average and visit museums and gambling casinos 2.5 times annually. Trips to amusement or theme parks (1.5) and zoos (.9) are the least common activities among this list.”

Talk about a victory for the bibliophiles!

The poll (the first of its kind since 2001) also revealed some interesting, albeit unsurprising facts, about the people who make the most use of their local library. Women reportedly visit the library nearly twice as often as men do, and libraries are visited most by adults in low-income households. And it’s not just the old folks who are keeping the country’s libraries in business. Adults aged 18 to 29 visit the library much more than all older age groups.

We’re hopeful this means public libraries will continue to stick around for a very, very long time.