Shuntae Shields Ryan of the Downtown Partnership reports that:
“For the fourth year in a row the St. Louis Public Library has garnered more positive media attention toward St. Louis, ranking 2nd place in the Library Category of the America’s Most Literate Cities study. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy and Social Research at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Among the 69 largest cities (populations of 250,000 or greater) in the nation, the City of St. Louis finished 6th overall (up from 12th in 2006).
“The America’s Most Literate Cities study attempts to capture one critical index of our nation’s health-the literacy of its major cities. The study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources (introduced in 2005 to gauge the expansion of literacy to online media).”