Television: New Leaf for TV

Educators have long warned that TV has been turning the old art of reading into a closed book for the latest generation. But last week Emerson Greenaway, director of Philadelphia's Free Library, credited TV with, of all things, an improvement in reading standards. Said Greenaway: "Everybody can see mysteries, westerns and love stories on television, so when they come to the library, they ask for more serious books." Result: the library now spends more of its book-buying budget on classics, less on shallow stuff. TV, he says, has also stimulated a reading interest in famous plays, and even the quiz shows...

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