Reading to your children is a wonderful family activity. If you'd like to encourage your children to read more, here are some tips.

In the past two years, The Friends of the Library has contributed more than $88,000 to the Tuscaloosa Public Library. Operated by a volunteer staff that only accepts cash or checks, The Friends of the Library store remains a bookworm’s dream.

“The dedicated volunteers who run the bookstore help to promote the library in the community and within local organizations,” said Vince Bellofatto, the library’s director of public relations and marketing. “The FOL bookstore is a draw for the Main library. Customers who visit the bookstore also take a trip to the library to check out materials. This is just a wonderful partnership.”

I’ve mentioned before my love of all things movies and music, but let’s add books to the list, shall we? I just got a new Kindle and I’ve blown through a LOT of great books in recent weeks. And I’m no snob about what I read – give me a great "chick-lit" book any day and I’ll be happy. I also read biographies and smarty books, but this time of year, I’m in the mood for an easy read that’s engaging and fun and will keep me entertained as I sit on a beach or by a pool relaxing. It's all about decompressing, and escaping into another world for a little bit. I thought I'd share some finds, so hopefully one of these will suit your fancy.

The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” kicked off on May 31. For parents looking for something fun for the kids to do while they’re out of school, TPL’s reading program offers plenty to keep the children entertained and busy. And best of all? All of the programs are free.

“Summer Reading is TPL’s football season. We see a lot of patrons and have a lot of great programs. This is a great time of year for the Tuscaloosa Public Library,” said Vince Bellofatto, director of communications and public relations.

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