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Studies Show It’s Good For Your Health

Cracking open a good book, listening to an audiobook, or reading an e-book can transport you to other worlds – and benefit your health!

Research shows regular reading improves brain connectivity, increases your vocabulary and comprehension, empowers you to empathize with other people, aids in sleep readiness, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, fights depression symptoms, prevents cognitive decline as you age, and contributes to a longer life. It doesn’t matter the format or genre – all reading is good reading and also good for your health.

With the technology and resources available locally through Calvert Library, it’s easier than ever before to reap the benefits of reading.

All Calvert County Public Schools students are automatically issued library cards. Books can be placed on hold for pickup at any Calvert Library location online, and the library provides free access to several apps for e-books, audiobooks, and more.

“Calvert Library believes in the power of learning and connection. Whether you’re reading to learn how to eat healthier, reading to better understand your neighbors, or just reading for a mental escape, it is all good for your well-being,” said Carrie Willson, Executive Director Calvert Library.

Reading is Connection

For all age groups, reading and library events provide opportunities for connecting with other people. Reading to your child (or grandchild, niece, or nephew) builds a stronger relationship, increases speech and communication skills, enhances concentration, encourages a love of learning, and more.

Calvert Library coordinates their 500 by Five program to encourage caregivers to read 500 books to their children by their fifth birthday to reap all these benefits – which equates to less than two books a week for five years. There are storytimes for various age groups of children at all four Calvert Library locations, which provide connection points for kids and adults alike.

“It’s a real joy to take my grandson to Storytime, not just to see him learning to love reading, but also for me to connect to parents and grandparents with kids his age,” said Colleen Cano, grandparent of a child who attends Storytime at Calvert Library.

For adults, particularly seniors, library programs help forge connection and interaction. Calvert Library provides technical skills classes to seniors so they can learn how to use technology to connect with loved ones. Brain Games sessions at the library help adults keep their brains active with challenging games. Crafting groups keep minds nimble while providing time to socialize.

Double the Benefits

Double the health benefits of reading by getting outside as part of the 2023 CalvertHealth 1000 Hour Challenge! Visit a bookmobile stop in your neighborhood (scan the QR code with your phone to see the schedule), read at a park, use the free Libby or Hoopla apps to access audiobooks and listen while on a walk, gather at a restaurant and dine outside to talk to friends about books you’ve read, take books on your outdoor adventures this summer to the pool, beach, or mountains.

BOOK Medicine Cabinet

Try out one of these books for your “ailments” and visit this link for additional recommendations catered toward young adults and children. All books on this list are available to be placed on loan/hold at Calvert Library.

Feeling Frustrated:
The Sugar Jar by Yasmine Cheyenne

Feeling Stressed:
Zen in the Age of Anxiety by Tim Burkett

Feeling Sad:
Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Feeling Unmotivated:
Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation
by John Lewis

Feeling Hopeless:
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Feeling Scared:
Life Will Be the Death of Me... And You Too!
by Chelsea Handler

Feeling Lonely:
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

Feeling Bored:
The Power of Fun by Catherine Price

If you’d like a personalized list, answer a few questions and a Calvert librarian will respond with a list just for you. Fill out the form at https://calvertlibrary.info/reading/book-suggestions-2/

(This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice.)
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