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Library users skew older?

The conventional wisdom seems to be that library patrons tend to be older people, like folks 65 and over.

That's what I've been thinking, but probably because that seems to be the case here in Wimberley, a community that looks like it's populated by a lot of seniors.

Turns out the conventional wisdom is, as so often is the case with conventional wisdom, wrong.

The Pew Research Center released data today along with a press release with this headline: "7 surprises about libraries in our surveys."

No. 1 surprise: "Each time we ask about library use, we find that those agese 65 and older are less likely to have visited a library in the past 12 months thant hose under that age. Equally as interesting is the fact that younger Americans (those ages 16-29) are just as likely to be library users as those who are older."

Other surprises have to do with e-reader use and library collections.

More on that in this space on Wednesday.

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