|Miniature Golf in the Library. ISU's Eli M. Oboler Library|
Those who volunteered could wear and keep a free shirt with the phrase "Save a Vanishing Breed." The image of a reader with a book appears on the shirt. Personally, I do not like this, because I think that there are many readers today--that reading is not a rare event in modern society. However, I am a librarian surrounded by readers. As a previous experience in a library workshop attests, it may not be so uncommon for a half of any group of college freshmen to have never looked up a book in a library before, which supports the argument that fewer and fewer individuals may be reading extensively.
Question 10 of a recent survey I gave to another class indicates that many college students struggle reading scholarly research, even in upper division courses. I should look this up, but I remember seeing somewhere that an educational organization or some association identified reading as the most important skill of the 21st century. It is a fundamental skill.