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071612-2 Here we are – officially halfway through summer (a little more / a little less depending on your school calendar). It is about this time when many students hit the mid-summer blahs. Where to look for something creative, inspiring, informative, enriching? Look no further than the local library/bookstore or online biblio-sites with downloadable e-books.

Summer Reading

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While you may or may not have finished your list of books assigned from school, tap into some stories that will add some spark to the long, hot, humid mid-July days (and nights). Summer reading has an interesting history; did you know that at one point libraries were accused of running summer reading programs simply to boost circulation (whether it improved children’s reading or not)? Find out some interesting facts from the annals of summer reading. Read the Christian Science Monitor’s argument for why Reading is the ‘Perfect Hobby’.

Reading Lists

071612-7 Put away the soccer ball and baseball glove (it’s too hot outside) and let’s find out what some folks you may or may not know are reading. Grab your e-reader or a real book and settle in for adventure and exploration in the comfort of your shaded beach chair or the air conditioned living room couch.

Quick tech idea; if you have a list of books you want to read and do not want to forget the titles, or if you have read a book by a specific author and want to find more books, read this excellent overview from The Ledger for online library/reading tools.

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Book lists are like ‘cheat sheets’ – allowing you to gain more than a glimpse of the cover. While it is fun to browse the shelves, reading other readers' reviews and recommendations points to some delightful tales, inspiring real life stories, and insightful information. Stop in the library or bookstore, grab your Kindle, Nook, or actual book and start reading a tantalizing new tale.