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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Explore new vistas with DeSoto County Library

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By Karen Smoke

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August brings back-to-school and election season. It’s a good time to get into the habit or continue to use your library regularly. Primaries are the last Tuesday of the month; we can help you find the resources you need to research our local candidates, or anything else you want to become more informed about.

With a new school year starting, now is a good time to schedule regular visits to your library. Turn reluctant readers into eager readers by encouraging reading. According to www.scholastic.com, only one-third of all students entering high school are proficient in reading, and the figures are lower for African American and Hispanic students. The After School Alliance (www.afterschoolalliance.org) offers four easy steps to increase your child’s reading. First, limit screen time — both television and Internet. When children do use the computer, be sure they are reading, not merely scrolling. Teach by example; show your children that reading is important to you. Read together — pick a book the whole family can enjoy and read aloud together. And last, visit your library regularly and let children select books they want to read; help them find books in subjects they are interested in.

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