Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Eye on Books #7

The Reston Regional Friends Children/Teen Used Book Sale (March 14-17) brought in about $13,400, over $200 more than the sale of August 2012. Onward and upward! Thanks to all who worked to create this successful event!

Plan to volunteer AND replenish your bookshelves at the big Spring Book Sale Wed April 24—Sunday, April 28. For more information or to sign up, call the Friends at 703-829-5467. See sale hours in the column at left. Sale profits go to make the Reston Regional Library even better!

Earlier this month we celebrated the first sale of Oreo cookies (March 6, in 1912). Just around the corner on April 3 is the anniversary of the first ice cream sundae, invented in New York 120 years ago. You can salute both by having an Oreo with your next hot fudge sundae!

Some literary notes-- Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874, in San Francisco (surprise!). Though known as the Voice of New England, Frost didn’t see a New England farm until he was 10. He shares his birthday with Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams, 1911. April 2, 1805, is the birthdate of Hans Christian Andersen, son of a cobbler, in Odense, Denmark. Reread The Emperor’s New Clothes or The Ugly Duckling in his honor…

In a recent Newsletter, The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project turned up some interesting stats on Reading Habits in Different Communities, revealing interesting variations in the way their residents read and use reading-related technology and institutions—
Book readers: Some 78% of Americans ages 16 and older say they read a book in the past 12 months. Urban (80%) and suburban (80%) residents are especially likely to have read at least one book in the past year. While rural residents are somewhat less likely to have read a book in the past year (71%), the book readers in rural areas read as many books as their counterparts in cities and suburbs.
Purposes for reading: Most of those ages 16 and older read books for pleasure, and that is especially true of suburban readers: 82% of suburbanites read for pleasure, compared with 79% of urban residents and 76% of rural residents. Urban residents (80%) and suburban dwellers (79%) are also especially likely to read to keep up with current events. Some 73% of rural residents do that. More than three-quarters of suburban residents (77%) read to research topics that interest them, compared with 74% of urban residents and 70% of rural residents. Finally, 57% of suburbanites and 58% of city dwellers read for school or work, compared with 47% of rural residents who do that.
Americans and libraries: The majority of Americans ages 16 and older (58%) have a library card and even more (69%) say the library is important to them and their families. Some 71% of city dwellers say the library is important to them and 59% have library cards; 69% of suburban residents say the library is important and 61% have library cards. Of rural residents, 62% say the library is important and 48% have library cards.

Mark your calendar now for the April 24-28 Friends Spring Book Sale at Reston Regional! Remember Friends have access on the first night. Join now or at the door. And keep reading! So many books, so little time…

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