Education: Reading on the Rise

"The overwhelming opinion of the nation's librarians is that young people are reading more and better books than ever before."

So say two New York City high school English teachers in High Points, a monthly published by New York's board of education. Their evidence: a survey of 73 library systems across the country.

At the Lancaster (Pa.) Free Public Library, youngsters borrowed eight times as many books in 1958 as in 1954. The population of Lincoln. Neb. has risen 30% in the past ten years, but book borrowing has doubled. At the 80 branches of New York City's public library system, up to...

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