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A number of children in the Silver Bay area will be heading back to school with not only new school clothes and supplies, but also with bright and shining minds after a summer of reading. One hundred and twenty-seven youth ranging from infants to twelve year olds read a total of 2,334 hours over the eight-week Paws for Reading Program. Seventeen teens were registered, with 15 completing over 472.5 hours of reading and 21,982 pages read.

According to Sheryl Rogers, child development expert, children who are read to or who read on their own benefit in five ways:

1.School preparation: Reading aloud is the easiest and most effective way to prepare a child for school.

2.Vocabulary development: Almost 80 percent of a child's brain develops before age 5. Kids are sponges when they are little.

3. Education advancement: The more childrens books in the home, the further the child goes in school, regardless of who you are, where you come from or what your parents do.

4. Passion for books: Reading to children builds family relationships, and children learn to love books and reading. Ever want a child to settle down? Break out a book.

5. Stress management: Children learn how to handle stress and new experiences from books. Stories are a great way to help children transition from one milestone to another (starting school, moving) or to handle a stressful situation.

Two Harbors Public Library News

Book Groups

Monday Evening Book Group — This fall, the topic for the evening book group is moving into early 20th century literature, including lesser-known works and works from around the world. On Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m., they will discuss the book "The Golden Arrow" by Mary Webb, a romantic book of the English countryside, featuring the townspeople as opposed to the nobles.

Thursday Afternoon Book Group — This book group focuses on current fiction, although they will occasionally pick something non-fiction or from a few years back. Their next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. and they will discuss the book "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson.

Library book groups are open to all library patrons, and there is still time to read this month's selections before the discussion dates.

New Young Adult Books:

Batman: The New 52, Volume 1: The Court of Owls" by Scott Snyder.

Batman: The New 52, Volume 2: "The City of Owls" by Scott Snyder.

"Loud Awake and Lost" by Adele Griffin

"Vampire Knight," volumes 01-08 by Matsuri Hino

"September Girls" by Bennett Madison

"Expiration Day" by William Campbell Powell

"Winger" by Andrew Smith

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