We librarians have always told you that reading was vitally important and we’ve always done all we could to get patrons to come to the library but did you know it was really a matter of life and death! According to a study published in “Social Science and Medicine” readers enjoy a 20% reduction in general risk of mortality compared to those who do not read. The study was conducted by Yale University as part of a Health and Retirement Study. The findings were impressive! 3, 635 people took part in the study. Those who read for at least 3- 5 hours per week- averaging thirty minutes per day- were less likely to have an increased risk of death. The study showed that people in India read more frequently than residents of any other country in the world while the U.S. ranked 23rd in the world in terms of how often and how long residents read books in a given week.
So, what should you learn from this? Coming to the library could just possibly save your life! That’s a prescription directly from your friendly neighborhood “nurses of nonfiction” and the Dewey Decimal Doctors known as Librarians!