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One Man's Mission: A Book For Every Child

That's because research shows that even from very young ages, children soak in the vocabulary and language skills that books help teach, especially when parents take the initiative to make reading a more interactive experience by encouraging age-appropriate discussion about the pictures and themes.

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Review: Musician's Sixth Thriller A Joy to Read

He has just published his sixth installment in the series, "Spring Break." The book, like each of the earlier volumes in the series, possesses writing with equal verve and narrative skill; the adventures of the curmudgeonly and semi-jaded violinist/detective, Daniel Jacobus, are as engaging as ever.

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Williams Bookstore is Williamstown's New 'Hangout'

The new Williams Bookstore was built with an eye toward drawing college students to the south end of Spring Street. And non-students are very much part of the plan as well.

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Pittsfield Author Wins Public Radio Award

Jackson joins illustrator Barry Moser and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. Recipients will be celebrated at the ninth annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration on May 24 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Tickets are available at NEPR.net. Proceeds support the programs and services of New England Public Radio.

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Milne Library Hosts Author of 'Sniffer Dogs' and Real-life Sniffer

Nancy Castaldo's latest science book for children, "Sniffer Dogs," had a real life example on hand at the Milne Public Library with a special guest appearance by Daisy, the Police Department's K-9 unit The Hudson Valley, N.Y., resident presented some her research about the amazing capabilities of a dog's nose Tuesday afternoon at the library to a group of dog enthusiasts and explained how their sense of smell helps people.

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Williamstown Students Celebrate Words With Costume Parade

Words and books of all shapes and sizes were on parade on Wednesday morning during Williamstown Elementary School's annual Words Are Wonderful costume parade. T

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'Playing With Fire' Merges Music, Mystery With Flair

Elias is also a master storyteller/novelist, who has published five thrillers all combining his love of music with a fabulously crafted fiction style to create an unusual, original and gripping series of mysteries. Each is centered on a wonderfully complex central character a blind classical performer/mentor violinist one Daniel Jacobus.

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Rowling Picks Mount Greylock as Site of Fictional Wizarding School

The state's highest peak was revealed on Tuesday to be the location of a school of wizardry. J.K. Rowling, author of the immensely popular "Harry Potter" series, released a short story on Tuesday on the history of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Pottermore.com.

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United Way Installing 50 Bookhouses Across County to Improve Literacy

By the third grade, half of the county's youth are not proficient at reading. But the Berkshire United Way is continuing its efforts to change that. For the last five or so years the organization has run a number of programs and projects aimed to bring that percentage close to 90 percent by 2020 and this year the efforts are ramping up even more. "This year, because that is how we are, we are going bigger and we're going better," CEO Kristine Hazzard said on Monday when the organization a

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