Summer is here, and there's nothing better than relaxing outside. I hope everyone takes time to enjoy the long, warm, balmy days, abuzz with the comforting hum of munching caterpillars. You know what goes well with that kind of thing? Library books. You can read them leisurely while your ice melts and your trees defoliate, and then think about how wicked smart you've become and how much money you've saved. Summer is definitely the 4th best season for reading, so I have a challenge for you.
The Mass Board of Library Commissioners has been engaging in research and found that reading just four books over the summer has the affect of increasing reading comprehension and staving off what they call "summer learning loss" in school children of all ages. Personally, I want to avoid this "learning loss." So I am participating in this challenge even though I am not a school child. I urge all of you to do likewise.
Pick four books you are going to read this summer. Publicly commit to reading them by posting your four books on facebook with the hashtag #whatsyourfour. Share it around, tag your friends, post about it in We Are Dynamic Douglas, put up a sign in your yard... Then read those books. If you are feeling sparky, you could even come borrow them from the library. If we don't have them, we'll get them from other libraries and put them in your hands. Everyone knows we do that, right?
Please note that I will be on vacation from June 20-27. The historical archive will not be accessible during that time.