If you live in the Cincinnati area you’re probably not alone. Why? Because the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is one of the busiest libraries in the country. In 2013 it was ranked 6th in the nation for use. Apparently living in Hamilton County and reading go hand-in-hand.
In fact, over the course of last year, 17.4 million items were checked out of the library.
One key to the Library’s success is by embracing new technology. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers a large collection of digital books for your Kindle or e-reader. It also offers movies and music. (Which until writing this, I did not know that you can download music from the Library.) By building their collection of digital reading materials, the Cincinnati library has been able to not only stay relevant, but to increase how many people use the library year over year. (Cincinnati and Hamilton County was ranked #7 in 2012).
And if that’s not exciting enough for you, modern science is confirming what your third grade teacher probably told you: reading is good for you.
Recent studies have confirmed that reading will improve your ability to take another’s perspective. Something that’s useful for both neighborhoods and businesses. It also (obviously) improves story comprehension. But perhaps what’s most interesting is that the effects of reading a good book can linger in your brain for days, or possibly weeks. Which helps explain why I still can’t get Harry Potter out of my head. And why you might be anxiously awaiting the next Game of Thrones book. In a way, good books leave a little of themselves once you’ve finished them.
Now let’s just hope that everyone remembers to turn in their library books!
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