Millennials’ Reading Habits

Literacy and Me

The following is based on a reading of “Millennials’ Reading Habits and Why They Matter,” written by Amy Collins on the “Book Works” site and reblogged on “The Story Reading Ape.”

The author promised to offer some surprising facts, but they did not surprise me. I have been teaching Millennials since the millennium at my university and was aware of the surprisingly positive reading habits of this generation. According to Collins, “Millennials are more likely than any other group to visit libraries–public libraries–for the purpose of borrowing reading material.” She goes on to say, “New research shows that Millennials lead other generations in reading.” Citing the Pew Research Center, this author says the 19-29 years of age group was most likely to have read a book over the past year, with 80% reporting they had read a book in the past year. This percentage is compared to 70% of those…

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Author: Rae Reads

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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