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Feed the mind with a good book

Looking for a way to get your mind off of all of the negativity of late? Do you need to escape the frustration of self-isolation during the pandemic? Are the kids climbing the walls without enough to do this summer?

We suggest taking a dive into a good book, and there’s no need to spend a lot of money.

The James V. Brown Library has reopened all areas for browsing, which has been “dearly missed,” according to Barbara S. McGary, library executive director. But remember to wear a mask for safety.

Another opportunity was offered by the Lycoming County United Way, which is distributing 1,500 books obtained through an OMG Book Awards grant through First Book in the Washington D.C. area.

The goal is to reduce the “summer slide,” or decline in reading proficiency, youngsters often experience in between school years. The books purchased by the LCUW range from preschool materials to adult-level chapter books. Youngsters at one of the first places visited for book distribution, Firetree Place, “loved it,” according to Melissa McHale, LCUW resource development manager.

And we love it too. Reading is an essential activity that fosters learning, an appreciation of different cultures, and an awareness of the world around us. And that’s just for starters.

The United Way chose to combine its book distribution with free lunch programs for children.

Feeding the mind too can be very satisfying.

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