Today the Cincinnati Enquirer ran a USA Today article declaring Cincinnati the most literate city in Ohio according to an annual statistical study conducted by Central Connecticut State University President John Miller. The study ranks 75 cities, and Cincinnati remained in the top 15 this year by ranking 12th in the nation and 1st in Ohio!
Miller runs his study “based on data that include the number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, Internet resources and educational levels.” As great as it is to be ranked the number one literate city in Ohio and 12th overall, as the article points out, our national ranking has dropped from 7th to 12th place this year. So, while we all deserve to celebrate our literacy, it is also important to take time to remember what a privilege literacy (and all it represents) truly is, and as such, it should never be taken for granted.
With that in mind, this weekend I invite you to explore some of the literacy gifts our city has to offer. Make a trip to your local library and neighborhood bookstore, and when possible, give your support to literacy events and programs in your area. As Miller points out, the true purpose of his study is to “focus a bit of attention on where literacy is practiced and supported,” and I’m proud to belong to a city that does just that. Happy reading Cincinnati!!
For the full article by Bob Minzesheimer check out: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130208/NEWS/302080072/Cincinnati-called-most-literate-city-Ohio