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Jan 26, 2020

Library Visits

An interesting piece of research from Gallup about how often people visit libraries:

"Despite the proliferation of digital-based activities over the past two decades -- including digital books, podcasts, streaming entertainment services and advanced gaming -- libraries have endured as a place Americans visit nearly monthly on average. Whether because they offer services like free Wi-Fi, movie rentals, or activities for children, libraries are most utilized by young adults, women and residents of low-income households."

 Note that visiting a library is the top leisure activity in The South....but Southerners do so at the lowest average in the country:

Reports of Leisure and Activities, by Region
East Midwest South West     
Average Average Average Average
Go to a library 10.4 12.9 9.3 10.1
Go to a movie at a movie theater 5.3 4.9 5.4 5.6
Attend a live sporting event 4.5 4.6 5.1 4.3
Attend a live music or theatrical event 3.7 3.0 3.8 4.6
Visit a national or historical park 3.0 2.7 3.1 5.9
Visit a museum 4.0 1.7 2.0 2.5
Visit a gambling casino 1.4 3.3 1.0 5.1
Go to an amusement or theme park 1.8 0.8 1.7 1.7
Visit a zoo 0.6 1.1 0.9 0.7
Dec. 2-15, 2019
      Speaking of libraries, an Alabama author may hold the record for the largest library fine ever. 
     Russellville-born Gustav Hasford was charged with failing to return hundreds of library books from the U.S. and England. He served time and paid some $3,000 in overdue book fines, said to be among the largest ever, though some stories cast doubt about the amount of the fines.

   Hasford's best known book was "The Short-Timers"...the basis for the Vietnam-War novel Full Metal Jacket
    He won script credit for the movie after a lengthy battle with Stanley Kubrick.

More bio info HERE

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