By Kate Lara

As a member of “Generation Y” or “Generation Next” or whatever it is they’re calling us these days, I see an awful lot of headlines warning of the crumbling of our communication skills and attention spans due to the obsession with our digital lives. The same goes for the generation below mine – those kids that have only known a world with Google and Facebook. However, according to the Pew Research Center as reported by NPR, it’s not all doom and gloom for our future. Turns out that having greater access to information? It causes kids to have greater…access….to information. They’re reading more than adults. They still like print books, but also really like eBooks – they can carry Harry Potter around without a 5 pound brick in the backpack and get a new book without bugging mom to take them to the library. If you want to read some cheery and non-threatening news for the library world, I do recommend checking out the article at NPR or the full report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.