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As July rolls in amidst hot, sticky temperatures, take time to cool down with … a book. Or Two. Maybe three.

Do this at a cool place — literally and figuratively. Your community library. Most area libraries tout air-conditioning. All, of course, feature a plethora of books for every age and genre.

Most area libraries are conducting summer reading programs, from story hours to teen book groups to themed programs and parties. Others challenge older readers to read as many books as they can to earn prizes.

Since summer began, my children have been trekking to our community library at least once a week to enjoy some books and yes, cool off. They took mom’s library card to check out some reads — and got the card renewed due to the fact that it remained dormant since last spring!

Additionally, my daughter needs to read two books in preparation for an honors English course. She checked both books out and has taken to task. She’s marking pages with small, colored sticky notes to take notes before returning the books. Proud mom moment!

A side note to the required summer reading: I’m reading one of the books right along with my daughter. I found the subject matter interesting. Perhaps it could lead to a mother/daughter book discussion. A good bonding idea, quality time spent. You get it. I think she likes the idea … 😉

Heading to the beach? Check out some books or get to a bookstore and pick up some good reads to read as the ocean roars not too far from your beach towel or chair, or to read poolside at home, at the lake or your community swimming spot.

Happy summer reading, everyone!