The film industry generates millions per year due to its diverse range of production tailoring to families, children, and adults. However, amongst the glitz of a trip to the movies is the classic American tradition—going to the library. Technology hasn’t replaced the wonder in spending time between bookshelves and discovering faraway places within endless pages. More people go to the library than the movies, according to 2019 poll results. These findings provide insights as to how and why people decide to spend their time in specific ways.
In a recent Gallup poll, “Visiting the library remains the most common cultural activity Americans engage in, by far. The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities. Americans attend live music or theatrical events and visit national or historic parks roughly four times a year on average and visit museums and gambling casinos 2.5 times annually. Trips to amusement or theme parks (1.5) and zoos (.9) are the least common activities among this list.”
Poll results are broken up in many ways. It describes activities experienced based on age, family size, and income. For example, women reported going to the library almost twice as much as men. Furthermore, low-income households tend to visit libraries more than high-income households.
This poll also makes great comparisons to other activities like going to the zoo or an amusement park.
Activities are offered at all price ranges whether it be a free trip to the beach or VIP tickets to a concert. A free and educational alternative to distractive experiences, it is encouraging to see libraries continue to flourish as a resource for all. From books to events, the library has much to offer and is not going anywhere anytime soon.