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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, 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 ( 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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