The Pew Internet (part of the Pew Research Centre in America) have released another useful report (Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading) which investigates the views of parents on these topics.
One of the brief summaries about the research said “Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home.”
The report is available in full, or by chapter. Some of the summary findings are:
- Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week.
- 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as “very important.” That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6), some 84% of whom describe libraries as very important.
- 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.
- 71% also say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries are a safe place for children.
There are also lots of useful graphs on library usage, library activities etc. It’s worth a quick skim at the least, although it is based on telephone interviews with only 2,252 adults.