A recently released Gallup poll found that more people are visiting libraries than going to the movies!
The poll, which was conducted in 2019, asked people how often they partook in different leisure activities including going to the movies, visiting the library, going to museums, attending theme parks, etc. Topping the list was visits to the library with people going an average of 10.5 times versus going to a movie theatre which came in second at about 5.3.
Not only that, but it appears the real bookworms are women. Women visited libraries almost twice as much as men!
Of course, it’s important to take into account that your income is a huge driver as to what kind of leisure activities you can participate in. According to the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) the average cost of a movie ticket at the end of 2019 was $9.01, and in major cities that price certainly goes up higher. Considering this high cost, it’s no wonder people are rediscovering the incredible free resource a library can be to their community.
Many communities see their libraries as local hubs for culture, art and literature and they’re doing a great job at luring in the younger crowd. The same study found that adults 18-29 are the age group that goes to the library most with an average of 15.5 visits a year followed by 30-49 year olds who visit approximately 12.3 times a year.
Should this trend continue, we could be headed for a new renaissance in literature!