Reading for fun might be a lost art

A Story from
pines about the good old days, when teenagers read
for fun, and swiped what they wanted from the library.
An interesting take on how the internet is influencing
school libraries.

\"That\'s because teen-agers no
longer are reading for fun. In libraries, computer labs
and at home, most youths today are more apt to spend
an hour chatting with friends on the Internet than spend
an hour reading a good book.\"
Judy Hays longs for the return of those sticky-fingered
high school kids who used to steal her library\'s

Hot Rod and Seventeen were the most popular.
\"We used to have to keep them behind the desk
because they would leave the library if we didn\'t,\" said
Hays, the media specialist (librarian, in traditional
parlance) for Avon High School. \"Now they sit out
practically untouched.\"

So, too, do countless other magazines and books.
After decades of battling the influence of television,
librarians and educators face a tough new foe in
high-speed Internet access.

That\'s not all.

They\'re fighting that battle with one hand tied behind
their backs, thanks to an educational climate in which
school districts spend millions of dollars on technology
-- hoping to \"wire\" every classroom -- while allowing
outdated books to gather dust.

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