Whether in a hammock in the yard, by the pool, or on the sofa next to a fan, sitting with a good book is one of the great pleasures of summer.
Libraries encourage reading throughout the summer for out-of-school kids, but all ages can benefit from the opportunity to decompress from the busy and frenetic worlds of work, electronics and social media a book offers.
The summer reading clubs at the Fraser Valley Regional Library – which serves Langley with branches throughout the city and all major neighborhoods in the township – have clubs for all age groups this year.
They start with the Read To Me club for preschoolers through to teens and adults, and every age group is eligible for prizes.
The clubs kicked off on June 21, but you can still register at fvrlca.beanstack.org.
Reading for 15 minutes or more each day earns people prizes – which are bookstore gift cards, of course letting you read more.
Those who do not wish to use an app to track their reading can pick up a reading transcript in person at any FVRL branch and resubmit it to participate in the same draws. (Unfortunately, only kids are given stickers to do this. We adults will have to purchase ours.)
Regular reading has been shown to have many practical benefits in the lives of adults and children – the development of lifelong literacy can do everything from increasing your vocabulary to reducing stress and even to lowering blood pressure, according to studies.
However, the best reason to read is because it’s fun. Books are cheap (you can’t get cheaper than a free library book) and shareable.
You can talk about it with your friends and family and research new books together.
There are tens of thousands of titles out there so there is no doubt that you will be able to find a good book to spend a few hours this summer.
If you haven’t read a lot lately, summer is the best time to reconnect with books.
Think back to when a book, comic, or graphic novel could pull you out of your everyday life more effectively than any TV show or movie, and look for a title that does it again, now.
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