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Another important Pew Internet Report has been released. This time their research focused on parents, children and libraries. The research supports many of the common thoughts about libraries and how parents use services:
- Mothers are more likely than fathers to use library services.
- Parents are more likely than other adults to use libraries.
- Parents are more likely than other library-using adults to do library activities.
But there are also windows into how to better serve certain populations:
- Lower income parents are more likely to want to attend classes on e-books and e-readers, use e-readers preloaded with content, and digital media labs.
- Lower income parents are also more likely to view library services as “very important.”
The report is filled with good news for libraries:
· 94% of parents say that libraries are important for their children.
· 84% say that libraries are important because libraries help their children’s love of reading and books.
· 71% say that a major reason is that libraries are a safe place for children.