Millennials More Likely to Use Public Libraries, Research Says

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Editor's Note:

Millennials are making libraries hip all over again, a walk through some pretty obscure children’s books, and more – all here for you before you break for the weekend.

Instead of talking about how Millennials are “killing” this or that timeless institution, let’s talk instead about how they’re more likely to have visited a public library in the last year than adults from any other generation. The research also tracks people’s reliance on library website resources and mobile apps, which is a more even race. However, women of all ages stand out from men as being more likely to use all of the above. Instead of being known as the generation accused of bucking every possible convention, perhaps Millennials will go down in history as the ones who breathed life into some of society’s most traditional values.

While you’re at the library trying to meet an honest to goodness Millennial, you may want to check and see if they have any of these obscure children’s titles, submitted to Atlas Obscura by readers who refuse to believe they’re the only ones who recall enjoying treasures like Deathtrap and Dinosaur, or The Lampfish of Twill. The editors say their call for submissions garnered over 900 responses, so they’ve clearly touched a nerve. Did they manage to stir up any esoteric childhood memories with these thirty or so titles?

Depending on how deep a dive you’re willing to take into the mythology of Batman — particularly Tim Burton’s vision of the character, and extra-particularly as it pertains to “Batman Returns” — then this extremely long long-form article is prepared to take you nearly all the way down. Naturally, the emphasis is on sexuality, gender, and the way Burton and scriptwriter Daniel Waters (of “Heathers” fame) managed to comment on the very nature of superhero comics. “The graduation from reading superhero comics to having a healthy sex life is the gauntlet every nerd faces at some point in his youth,” the article observes, which really makes you wonder if literally anything has changed since 1992 — and if it hasn’t, why should it start now?

Case in point: after all these decades, Stephen King remains Hollywood’s favorite author. Why is that exactly? According to The Guardian, it’s because “His work is trend-proof. Scan the long, long list of King adaptations and the standout quality will be the steadfastness of it all; ebb and flow as the cultural tides may, King’s work has never lost its luster or lucre.” Of all the titles King ever might have fantasized about winning with his wordsmithing, “Pop culture’s most precious renewable resource” has got to be one of the most intimidating. It must be tough to relax and let the ideas flow when you know you’re basically propping up one whole corner of the the economy.