October is National Book Month

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Many of our older Vermonters love to read.  The public libraries provide an invaluable service in providing books on a multitude of topics.  They also offer programming and multi-media materials.

One way to kick off National Book Month is to start a new book. Another way to celebrate is to share an old book you have enjoyed.  Try posting on Facebook about what book you are currently enjoying and what you like about it. October is a great time to read a bedtime story to a grandchild, either in person or on Zoom. This can establish a wonderful family time tradition that will last years after children can read for themselves.

The benefits of reading are clear: it improves our vocabulary, our memory, we learn something new, and it helps us relax before heading off to bed for the night. Reading in a book club encourages exchanges of ideas and builds friendships. Books often help us escape into an adventure we could never afford or physically manage in real life.  A book offers us the opportunity to expand our imaginations regardless of our age.