The National Reading Campaign, in partnership with Access Copyright, recently commissioned a study by Environics Research Group to gather benchmark data about the pleasure reading habits of Canadians. Based on a nationally representative sample of 1,001 Canadians, the survey results revealed a population of passionate readers still very engaged with traditional reading platforms, and a group of Canadians not reading for pleasure in any medium.
82% of Canadians read for pleasure as often or more often than they did last year. Books are the overwhelmingly preferred medium, with 70% of readers preferring them to magazines, newspapers, and blogs. While level of education is linked to the amount of reading done for pleasure, level of income is not. Those reading the most have family incomes of from $30,000 to under $50,000.
Although the percentage of Canadians reading for pleasure is high, 12% of Canadians reported reading for pleasure less than they did last year and 5% admitted to not reading for pleasure at all. These figures combine to reveal that one in five Canadians does not read for enjoyment or does so less than they used to.
The study additionally revealed that:
- 49% have used library services in the past year
- 45% of Canadians reported that their reading of electronic publications has increased in the past year
- More men report an increase in reading e-publications
- Library use is higher in urban centres
Past research has found that reading for pleasure is linked to better overall satisfaction with life, higher incomes, healthier relationships (lower divorce rates), and better mental health.
The National Reading Campaign hopes that these figures will draw attention to the need to bring the benefits of reading for pleasure to all Canadians.
Results of the survey can be read here: Environics – National Reading Campaign – Survey report.
After more than three years of negotiations and intense involvement from many stakeholders, Member States of the United Nations agreed to a final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda – now known as 2030 Agenda. The new 2030 Agenda is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a total of 179 Targets spanning economic, environmental and social development. They lay out a plan for all countries to actively engage in making our world better for its people and the planet.
Among those involved in the negotiations was the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) who helped to ensure that access to information, universal literacy, safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage, as well as access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) were strongly represented across the Agenda.
The IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
Read the full Agenda:
Today’s schools are experiencing a great deal of change. Just as the rest of the world’s political, social, economic, and scientific realities have been shifted by swift advances in information and communication technology, so too has education. These forces are altering the way people work, play and learn. Schools are being challenged to harness the unfamiliar yet incredibly fascinating opportunities presented by this transformation… all while ensuring students emerge with the skills they need, not only to survive, but to thrive.
Development of a Learning Commons addresses this challenge.
Read the Ontario Library Association’s Report here: Together for Learning
“Research suggests that a single “home run” book or series can create a voluntary reader.” Hager, Mike.
UK Children’s authors & illustrators support the elimination of national curriculum tests for 11 year olds: Garner, Richard.
Vivian Howard in her article demonstrates the importance of reading in the lives of young teenagers as it enables them to have enhanced academic performance, better social development and improved personal development. Reading helps teenagers with mature relationships, personal values, cultural identity, personal safety and a better understanding of the social world. Committed readers appreciate the opinions and beliefs of others and use scenarios and situations from books to enlarge their own identities. Readers are more socially and culturally engaged and as a result have diversified interests.