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Public Library of Catasauqua: Reading develops imagination, improves focus and memory

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Why read, you ask?

If you are already a reader, what I’m about to say will be “preaching to the choir.” And, if you are reading this article, chances are you enjoy reading. Please share what I am about to tell you with everyone you know because reading can transform lives. And, if your kids ask you why reading is important, you’ll know exactly what to say.

Here are some of the reasons reading is important:

1. Reading develops your imagination. When you read, you paint pictures in your mind.

2. Reading improves focus and concentration. When you read, you are paying attention.

3. Reading improves your memory. There is a memory muscle in your brain that can be developed much like muscle memory when you work out.

4. Reading gives you something to talk about. It improves your communication skills.

5. Most of all, it’s a fact that reading makes you smarter!

In this digital age, when information and entertainment are a click away, why do we still need libraries?

Mark Sullivan, our area district consultant, puts it this way: “Literacy, education and strong communities are the solution to all that ails society, and in libraries, we have one organization, one building that addresses all of that.”

Check out everything your library has for you at All our activities are listed on the events page.


Come join us 6 p.m. March 22 for our next Hartzell’s Health Talk, titled “Diabetes: It’s About More Than Blood Sugar.”


New books

Adult fiction: “The Flight Attendant,” Chris Bohjalian; “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus; “Raspberry Danish Murder,” Joanne Fluke; “Duel to the Death,” J.A. Jance; “An American Marriage,” Tayari Jones; “Red Alert,” James Patterson; “Accidental Heroes,” Danielle Steel

Adult nonfiction: “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer,” Michelle McNamara

Children’s picture books: “She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History,” Chelsea Clinton; “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race,” Margot Lee Shetterly

Juvenile fiction: “Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People,” Dav Pilkey; “Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot,” Dav Pilkey; “Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000,” Dav Pilkey

Children’s award-winning literature

Caldecott: “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James; “Grand Canyon,” Jason Chin; “Big Cat, Little Cat,” Elisha Cooper; “Wolf in the Snow,” Matthew Cordell; “A Different Pond,” Bao Phi and Thi Bui

Newbery: “Hello Universe,” Erin Entrada Kelly; “Long Way Down,” Jason Reynolds

Coretta Scott King: “Piecing Me Together,” Renee Watson

Michael L. Printz: “We Are Okay,” Nina La Cour

New to the collection

Adult nonfiction: “Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction,” Stanley H. Block, M.D., Carolyn Bryant Block and Guy Du Plessis, M.A.; “Mind-Body Workbook for Anxiety,” Stanley H. Block, M.D., and Carolyn Bryant Block; “Free Your Child From Anxiety,” Tamar E. Chansky Ph.D.; “Freeing Yourself from Anxiety,” Tamar E. Chansky Ph.D.; “The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook, Changing Addictive Behaviors Using CBT Etc.,” Suzette Glasner-Edwards Ph.D.; “Activating Happiness: A Jump-Start Guide to Overcoming Low Motivation, Depression or Just Feeling Stuck,” Rachel Hershenberg Ph.D.; “The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook,” Simon Rego, PsyD; “The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction,” Rebecca E. Williams, Ph.D., and Julie S. Kraft, M.A.