When we think of how teens spend their free time these days, reading books probably doesn't make the list. Instead, they're listening to digitally-downloaded music, gaming and, of course, keeping up with friends via social media.
But surprise -- a recent Pew Research poll shows 86 percent of 16 and 17 year olds have read at least one book in the past year, and 56 percent have taken books out of the public library. Among younger teens ages 13 - 14, 63 percent say they keep up with the latest young adult books.
Many of these young readers may be using digital devices rather than the old fashioned ink on paper. But the key thing is, teens are reading books. And that's good news.