What’s on your reading list this summer?
Your kids may already have their list of required reading (and corresponding book reports) to tackle over summer vacation, but what about you?
Hit the (library) books. Check your local library for a list of summer reading recommendations. If you need some structure in your life (who doesn’t?), you can sign up for an adult summer reading program while you’re there. Most public libraries have handy summer reading lists for kids, too, many of which are coordinated with your local public schools.
Walk the talk. Parents often find it challenging to get their children to keep up with their reading during the vacation months. Sometimes just sitting next to your kids while you enjoy your own book is the perfect way to model good reading habits.
Keep kids’ brains sharp over the summer by reading to them or with them. It’s a great way to spend time together while you keep your children’s reading skills from getting flabby. That way, you can discuss what’s happening on the page—and figure out what’ll happen next (which also builds important critical thinking and inference skills).
If you can tweet it, you can read it. A quick peek on our Twitter feed shows summer-reading-related tweets from Brookline and Duxbury’s public libraries (@brklib and @DuxFreeLib, respectively):
Brookline Library @brklib 4 Jun
Going on a road trip this summer? Dreading Cape traffic? Grab an audiobook from our lobby display and keep yourself entertained. Going on a road trip this summer? Dreading Cape traffic? Grab an audiobook from our lobby display and keep yourself entertained.
Duxbury Free Library @DuxFreeLib 3 Jun
"Goodbreaking Reads", The Adult Summer Reading Program has started! Come and sign up today. http://fb.me/ITpLXRbZ
You can do a Twitter search for your library’s favorites to get started; or just head over and have a chat with your local librarian in person. How’s that for a non-digital concept?
Check it out: Summer Reading Links and Resource
Drop us a line and tell us what you’re reading this summer!
Did you know for every dollar you spend locally, 68 cents of it gets put back into your community?
Buying products and services locally not only helps your town but directly affects those in your community. When you purchase from a local vendor you are helping fund programs at your child’s school and making sure the roads are safe when you drive to work.
According to New Economics Foundation’s leader, David Boyle, purchasing locally is twice as efficient in keeping the local economy alive than spending your money further afield. In addition to boosting the local economy, when you buy locally, you are supporting businesses that are invested in your community That’s because many local business owners contribute to your children’s little league team , are on the town council fighting for issues that affect you directly, and more.
You shop for food locally, so why not purchase insurance from your local agent? Many insurance agents such as Paul Murphy, owner of Paul T. Murphy Insurance, have been serving their communities for years. Paul opened his agency in 1988 and has been contributing more than just MA insurance quotes to the community ever since. Paul teaches classes at Malden High School on marketing to help students understand how companies leverage the internet to sell their products. Larger insurance companies may not be as knowledgeable of the area in which you live.
When you call one of Encharter Insurance’s seven agencies they answer the phone, “It’s a great day at Encharter…how can we help you today?” They genuinely want to know how they can help. Local businesses are aware of their surroundings and want to build a relationship with their customer rather than just provide a quote on a policy. Ken Peterson, owner of Encharter, wants to contribute more to his clients’ lives than just a Mass or CT insurance policy. He trains all his CSR’s to be exactly that— customer service representatives, not just sales personnel.
Another perk of using a local agent is what they contribute to the community. The Smith, Buckley & Hunt Agency gives all Brockton city employees 5% off their Massachusetts car insurance policies, just for working in the community and helping upkeep the city.
When you buy local it helps round out the circle and create an economic boost and a sense of well-being. Independent agency Merrimack Valley Insurance looks to provide local businesses with insurance in MA as well as help them be successful . Last week they signed A&C Imports LLC as their newest client and immediately began promoting their new client on their Facebook page – telling fans and friends about the services A&C offers.
So purchasing locally makes sense. Buy food from a nearby farmers market, tools from your local hardware store, and insurance from the independent agent down the street. Each of these business owners are not just helping the community…they live in it.