Monday, January 07, 2008

Cut Library Subsidies: We Don't Read Anyway

A Regina Leader Post editorial that encouraged people to read also revealed how all the library funding in the world can't convince three tenths of Canadians to read ONE SINGLE BOOK!

A survey done last autumn brought to light some intriguing reading trends revolving around books. Done by Ipsos Reid and commissioned by CanWest News Service and Global TV, it found that fully 31 per cent of Canadians had not read a book in the last year. In that respect, Canada aped the U.S., where a similar poll found 27 per cent of Americans had failed to read even one book in the preceding 12 months....

On average, we Prairie-dwellers went through only 15 books a year, compared with 33 in B.C., land of coffee-shop culture, and 22 in Atlantic Canada. These figures were reported despite Saskatchewan having an excellent local and regional library system, a special tax exemption for books -- and more attention than ever to locally produced books, as typified by the annual Saskatchewan Book Awards.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Comparatively more then 65 per cent of people do read.

That statistic is not ideal, but cutting library funding would offer little benefit to society.

Education is a social right and responsability and libraries play a crucial role in education and development.

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