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:
Speaking of libraries, an Alabama author may hold the record for the largest library fine ever.
|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|
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