Read a Good Book Lately?

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

If you haven't picked up a good book in a while, a new survey shows you're not alone.

The National Endowment for the Arts says the number of non-reading adults has gone up by more than 17 million over the past decade. Less than half of American adults read actual "literature," like poems or narrative fiction.

The Marathon County Public Library is attempting to boost the number of reading adults through a new adult incentive program. It gives adults a variety of books to choose from, then rewards them when they finish.

"We give people different kinds of ideas of things to read so that they will continue to read or will enhance their learning and reading skills," says Mary Bethke, Director of the Marathon County Public Library.

The library also challenged all age groups to read one million pages this summer. Readers have already surpassed that goal, reading 2.5 million pages so far.

The library will have a new slate of reading programs this fall.