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.
Lenox has been voted the Best Northeastern Small Town in USA Today's Best Small Town contest.
This town of 5,000 will be promoted across USA Today Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also promoted across the USA Today travel sections and other Gannett Media outlets.
After going over the universal signal for choking and strategically placing a barf bucket near the table, competitors Benjamin Lamb, Gege Wylde, Mike Walker, Annie Rodgers, Nathan Rodgers and Piper Jacobs, 8, loaded their plates.
Taconic High School manufacturing students will now have an easier time pursuing careers thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation.
The Haas Foundation is granting the program $10,000 to provide scholarships to graduates. The foundation was started by the owner of Haas Automation, a company which builds the manufacturing machines, with a $20 million donation.
The eagle which sat perched on the top of the flag pole lost a wing. But, thanks to Taconic High School students, it is ready to soar again.
It was at a Veterans Day ceremony two years ago when City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo looked up and saw something was off. Veterans Service Office James Clark took out some binoculars and sure enough, the eagle only had one wing.
Once a month, trained volunteers will collect water samples at designated locations on the Green River in the Hoosic Watershed and Wahconah Falls Brook and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River in the Housatonic Watershed.
North County seniors and students teamed up to make and fill bags for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts' Brown Bag program.
Seniors made an assembly line at the Visitors Center on Friday morning and filled 96 decorated bags with food for other seniors throughout the county.
An effort to raise $500 for a local cancer support group has brought in five times that much, largely thanks to an outpouring of support and the sales pitch of some of the area's youngest residents.
Rainbow Rocks, a fundraiser organized by parent Jaycee Stred, brought children and parents together to paint colorful rainbows on rocks. On Sunday at Lickety Split, they presented PopCares with a check and cash for $2,500.
Over the past week, Hoosac Valley students have brought in food for the schoolwide Hoosac Cares A Ton food drive to benefit the St. John Paul II Charity Center in Adams.
"It's amazing," Principal Jerimiah Ames said. "The students and their families really stepped up to the opportunity to give something back."