A study by University of Chicago researchers suggests that communities, especially in low-income areas, should figure out how their public libraries can play larger roles in enhancing teenagers’ academic and social skills.
The study examined nine library sites in Baltimore; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Bend, Texas; Issaquah, Wash.; New York City; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; and Tuscon, Ariz.
The researchers point out that although nearly a fourth of library patrons are generally teenagers, libraries traditionally have devoted proportionately less of their space, personnel, and financial resources to services for those in that age range.
Vol. 24, Issue 22, Page 10Published in Print: February 9, 2005, as Public Libraries