Print books retain an advantage over eBooks, but the Jefferson Library can provide both | Entertainment/Life

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During the recent pandemic, library patrons across the country indulged in their reading habits using their library’s online services. In other words, they consulted electronic books and read them with their electronic devices.

However, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that print books still retain a strong edge for readers and are likely to remain popular for quite some time.

According to the Pew survey:

  • 72% of American adults have read a book in some format in the past year
  • 65% of respondents have read a book in the last 12 months
  • 37% of Americans read print books
  • 28% read both print and e-books
  • 7% only read e-books

Other interesting statistics:

  • Print books outsell e-books by a margin of 4 to 1.
  • 191 million e-books were sold in the United States in 2020.
  • Print book sales were 750.89 million units in 2020.
  • Print book sales increased by 13.2% between 2020 and 2021, and by 21% between 2019 and 2021.
  • E-book sales increased by 22% in 2020.
  • E-book sales are down 8% in 2021, but are still 8% higher than they were in 2019.
  • In 2020, 19% of adult readers owned an e-reader, down from 32% of adult readers who owned e-readers in 2014.

The Jefferson Parish Library has more than 660,000 books in its 16 libraries.

TREE CLINIC: Chris Dunaway, Jefferson Parish Extension Officer with the LSU AgCenter, will present “Tree Care Tips and Techniques” at 7 p.m. March 23 at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Dunaway will discuss choosing the right type of tree, selecting a healthy tree, planting the tree, proper mulching, watering and pruning.

BIG BOOKS: Members of the Great Books Discussion Group, which meets the third Tuesday of every month at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, announced the books to read for the rest of the year. They are:

  • March 15 – “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie
  • April 19 – “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
  • May 17 – “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • June 21st – “How Green Was My Valley” by Richard Llewellyn
  • July 19 – “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick
  • August 16 – “American Pastoral” by Philip Roth
  • September 20 – “The White Hotel” by DM Thomas
  • October 18 – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by CS Lewis
  • November 15 — “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
  • December 20 – “Look Home, Angel” by Thomas Wolfe

The group is free and open to the public.

BOATING SAFETY: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be hosting a boating safety course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The course lasts between six and eight hours. Prior registration is not compulsory but is recommended by going to the department’s website.

The course includes information on boat selection, classification, hulls, engines, legal requirements and equipment requirements, sailing rules, towing, sailboats and related topics which include canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Students who complete the course will receive a Vessel Operator Certification Card.

COMPUTER LESSONS : Receive free computer training at West Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Places are limited and online registration is mandatory. Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click on “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule”.

Upcoming Farmhouse courses include:

  • Introduction to the Internet — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 16.
  • Microsoft Word 1 — 10 a.m. to noon March 18.
  • Microsoft Excel 3 — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 21.
  • 3D Printing — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 21.
  • Microsoft Word 1 — 10 a.m. to noon March 23.
  • Microsoft Word 2 — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 23.
  • Basic computing — 10 a.m. to noon on March 24.
  • Individual Training — 3-5 p.m. March 24.
  • Individual training – 10 a.m. to noon on March 29.
  • Individual training — 3 to 5 p.m. March 29.
  • Beginner Computer — 2-4 p.m. March 31.

Upcoming Harvey courses include:

  • Microsoft Word 1 — 10 a.m. to noon March 18.
  • Microsoft Word 2 — 10 a.m. to noon March 25.
  • Microsoft Excel 1 — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 25.
  • Beginner computer — 10 a.m. to noon on March 26.
  • Microsoft Word 1 — 10 a.m. to noon March 28.
  • Microsoft Word 2 — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 28.

Chris Smith is head of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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