Libraries most popular cultural attraction — and for good reason, says John Warner

“Quick quiz: Which of the following is the most common cultural activity in the United States?

  • Going to the movies
  • Attending a concert
  • Attending a sporting event
  • Going to the library
  • Visiting a museum
  • Visiting a zoo
  • Visiting a national park
  • Visiting a casino?

I’ll break the suspense. It’s going to the library — by a lot. According to a Gallup poll completed in December 2019, On average, Americans went to the library 10.5 times a year. The next closest was going to the movies at 5.3 times.

One message I am happy to revisit at every possible opportunity is the inherent awesomeness of public libraries.

Libraries are twice as visited as movie theaters. Maybe we should be paying more attention to libraries.”