April 11th, 2016

Why Read?

Read a book           Read an ebook!

It’s National Library Week, April 10-16! To celebrate, I challenged a friend and her family to read more. When asked why, I pulled together a quick list of the many benefits of reading for adults and children:

1. Exercise your mind by reading – your brain is a muscle and it needs exercise.

2. Discover new things; educate yourself; expose yourself to other people’s opinions and travel anywhere in this or another world.

3. Develop imagination and creativity by thinking about what you read and seeing perspectives and lives different from yours.

4. Improve spelling and verbal proficiency by reading higher level vocabulary used in different contexts.

5. Prevent Summer Learning Loss – continued reading over summer months helps prevent learning loss when students are out of school.

6. Research: interpretation of ideas can create collaboration and change.

7. Find and keep a well-paying job. Reading and writing are vital to effective communication, which is so critical in business and relationships.

8. Enjoy the arts and volunteer. A study by the National Education Association revealed people who read for pleasure are more likely to visit museums and attend concerts, they are three times more likely to volunteer and perform charity work than non-readers.

9. Read for your health. Reading for just six minutes slows down your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles according to a study by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex.

10. Socialize – “what are you reading” is a great conversation starter!

For reading recommendations and suggestions, visit the staff recommendations section or favorites lists of our website or join one of our book discussions. Not sure what to read next? fill out a Book Mate survey and we’ll give you personalized recommendations.

What’s your favorite thing to read?


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February 15th, 2016

Changing History

This past Presidents’ Day weekend Hulu released the miniseries “11/22/63” based on the Stephen King novel of the same title. For more than fifty years, the nation has mourned the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. King explores the idea of time travelling to change the past – to prevent this national tragedy.

Are you inspired by this premise? Check out these time-travelling tales:

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton   11/22/63 by Stephen King   The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson   The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway   The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer  The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes  Time and Again: An illustrated novel by Jack Finney

If you had a time machine, where would you go?


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