The Bronx’s use of libraries is fastest-growing of all boroughs

New York Daily News — Bronxites, it seems, love their libraries. And they’re taking out more books.

It’s only fitting for the borough that produced E.L. Doctorow; where streets have names like Longfellow and Shakespeare.

A report by the Center for an Urban Future shows that the Bronx had the fastest growth in public library usage of any borough over the last decade. The borough’s 35 public library branches had a doubling in circulation (books, periodicals and CDs and DVDs borrowed) and 134% increase in people attending programs and workshops since 2002.

Michael Pineda, an adorable 7-year-old second-grader from Van Cortlandt Village, must have helped drive the book circulation increase.

Last year, he took out more than 500 books from the Van Cortlandt Library, earning him the honor of shaking Yankee slugger Curtis Granderson’s hand on the field at Yankee Stadium last August.

“I haven’t been able to take out as many this year,” Michael lamented yesterday. “I have books at home, and I have to read books for school. I take out books from the (Spuyten Duyvil) library near my school. I like books about New York City and great events, like the Titanic.”

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