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March is a month full of awareness and celebration. Not only is it Women’s History Month and Red Cross Month, it is also National Reading Awareness Month. With today’s technological advancements, the world now has access to millions of books at the tap of a finger, and yet, it can be so easy to get distracted by social media and streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. We at the Opes Group think it is important to indulge in traditional reading materials other than magazines, Facebook posts and comments sections. With that being said, I thought I would highlight a few ways that you can celebrate National Reading Awareness Month.

Go To Your Local Library
For some of you reading this, the library may seem like an archaic method of getting reading materials; for a very select few readers, you may not have even set foot in a library in your entire life. And that is not necessarily your fault; public libraries simply aren’t as popular, what with the power of the Internet and e-books. However, one of the simplest ways to celebrate National Reading Awareness Month is to visit your local library. You can engage in community activities and events, meet new and like-minded individuals, and check out multiple books and films — for free! It is also an opportunity to expose yourself to new and interesting books that you would have never found otherwise.

Start A Book Club
This is a tremendous way to not only read a book, but to also share your thoughts with a group of colleagues. Start a club with your peers, coworkers or even your family members. Have you been eyeing a book for a while, but haven’t had the chance to actually sit down and read it? Start a book club. Are you looking to get into reading, but feel as though you need additional support to get through it? Start a book club. Are you looking for a way to get more closely connected with your friends or family? Start a book club. To make things even more interesting, read a book and watch its film adaptation (if it has one) and compare the two. There are several opportunities that starting a book club presents — make sure to take advantage of them.

Read Dr. Suess
Coincidentally, Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on March 2nd, so you can start National Reading Awareness Month off with a bang. Take a trip down memory lane and read some of his most cherished works by yourself. If you have children, pass down some of your favorite books to them so that they may experience the wonders of Dr. Suess. It’s a simple and fun way to celebrate National Reading Awareness Month.
Some of the world’s most successful people frequently read new and engaging materials. For example, Mark Cuban recommends Jason Fried’s “Rework,” as well as these other books; Elon Musk enjoys Walter Isaacson’s “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,” and these other fine selections; and Bill Gates reads “Catcher in the Rye” in addition to these other titles.

Statistically speaking, reading is one of the best things you can do for your brain or your children’s. For example, the amount of time spent reading books can directly impact your general knowledge, communication skills and vocabulary; statistics regularly conclude that the more a child reads, the more academically successful they will be. TheNationsReportCard.gov also stated, “The link between academic failure, delinquency, and crime is welded to reading failure.”

Whether you choose to celebrate alone, with your friends or with your family, celebrating National Reading Awareness Month in one way or another will do you good. It can exercise your reading skills, allow you to engage in deep and thoughtful conversations, and even bring you closer with your friends and family.