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Reading on the Rise!

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009 @ 10:00:36 am

Reading is up. Are you part of the trend?

This week the National Endowment for the Arts( NEA) issued Reading on the Rise, reporting on the annual survey examining adult reading habits. NEA has administered the survey for 26 years, and this is the first time that literary reading has risen!

Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, states in the report's Preface that this "documents a significant turning point in recent American cultural history. For the first time in over a quarter-century, our survey shows that literary reading has risen among adult Americans. After decades of declining trends, there has been a decisive and unambiguous increase among virtually every group measured in this omprehensive national survey. Whites, African Americans, and Hispanics have all shown significant growth in their reading rates, as have both adult men and women. There have been similar improvements in adults across most educational levels and age groups. Combined with general population growth, these higher reading rates have expanded literary readership by 16.6 million—creating the largest audience in the history of the survey. Best of all, the most significant growth has been among young adults, the group that had shown the largest declines in earlier surveys. The youngest group (ages 18-24) has undergone a particularly inspiring transformation from a 20 percent decline in 2002 to a 21 percent increase in 2008—a startling change."

The entire report can be accessed at http://www.arts.gov/research/ReadingonRise.pdf

So, how about checking out some reading for the upcoming holiday weekend? Take a look at the Browsing Collection in Infusion, or search the UCF Catalog!

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