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This Year Give The Gift Of Reading


December 14, 2017

We all want the best for our children and want them to grow up to be happy, healthy, build good relationships and find success in life. Reading sets them up to better succeed in these areas. Reading improves concentration, vocabulary, language skills, imagination, creativity, listening skills, longer attention spans and empathy to other people.

Many studies have shown that students who read, love learning and do well in school. Reading is also calming and promotes a sense of well-being.

This year give the gift of reading to children and young adults you know.

When you go to buy a book, select a book from a local author. Western North Carolina is fortunate to have talented authors who write for children and young adults. Buying a local authors’ book is good for the local economy and good for our children. Here is a selection of some local authors and books: Leslie A. Borghini (“Angel Heat”), Libba Bray (“Lair of Dreams”), Ellyn Bache (“Daddy and the Pink Flash”), Quinn Dalton (“Bullet Proof Girl”), Pat Meece Davis (“The Night the Dancing Stopped”), Deanna K. Klingel (“Cracks in the Ice,” “Spokes”), William Everett (“Adler’s Fables: A Collection of Short Stories for Children”), Robert Beatty (“Serafina and The Twisted Staff” a series of three books) and Johanna M. Erlenbach of Flat Rock with “The Whispered Promise” and in 2018 is releasing “Just Between Friends in the Mystery of the Dirty Hand Print.”

To find their books, check out the local book store, go online to the authors’ websites or an online book seller. This year give the gift that keeps giving for a lifetime and support our local economy and authors.

Gary Heisey


(Heisey is the former Small Business Center director in Transylvania County.)


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