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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rural Teens on the Role of Reading in Their Lives

A quote from Paulette M. Rothbauer article published in YALSA in February of 2011 is as follows:

'Despite the large number of public libraries in North America serving rural and small-town constituents, we know little about the role of either libraries or reading in the everyday lives of rural youth. In today’s world, the daily lives of young people seem to be saturated with digital technology and socially networked communication practices, leading to assertions and assumptions that books, reading, and libraries have only a marginal place in the media landscape of rural youth coming of age in the early years of the 21st century. However, when asked directly about the role that both libraries and reading play in their lives, young people often give poignant testimony.'  Read more at