I’ve just come in from a meeting of the Nashville Public Library Foundation Board (of which I am a dutiful member) and after sitting through the dismal report on the state of our endowment, the conversation turned to more positive news: the use of the library computers is way up since people have been filling out more online job applications, the puppet truck is enjoying high levels of popularity, the after-school program for teens is thriving. "But listen to this," our excited director of libraries, Donna Nicely, tells us, "according to our survey, patrons say the main reason they're coming to the library is for books! We have to get the word out. It isn't over. People still want to read!"In the rest, Patchett discusses the surprising demographics of reading, the tenacity of the literate, bad fiction’s usefulness, and how to get friends and family hooked on books. Click here to read the whole thing.
(Picture: CC 2008 by Vardhana)