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The Importance of Reading: National Read a Book Day

September 6, 2019

Reading has the power to educate, entertain and take the imagination on a ride. Friday, Sept. 6 is National Read a Book Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness to the importance of reading and the benefits that come from it. With today’s technology, book readers have started to change their reading habits, trading their printed copies for digitally-released versions of books. It is now easier than ever for readers to access their favorite books and escape into the literary world through their smartphone or tablet.

There are 90.5 million people in the U.S. who use their smartphone or tablet for reading, according to Statista’s recent 2019 study on e-book readers. The convenience that these devices bring allows children and adult readers to store their personal library all in one, easily-accessible place and take their books on-the-go. Students can even download textbooks to their devices and efficiently study in the midst of their busy schedules.

“Utilizing the latest technology, consumers have thousands of opportunities to enhance their lives and provide the means to practice reading skills virtually anywhere at any age or skill level,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in East Tennessee. “Making time to exercise reading skills is crucial, and we are dedicated to providing the best devices and network for our customers and their families allowing them to grow their library and tap into their favorite books.”

U.S. Cellular suggests the following tips to practice literacy development and promote the importance of reading in the community:

Teach youth the importance of reading and writing:

  • Volunteer as reading buddy. Reading is important to a child’s education and future. Find locations near you where you can read at schools or volunteer with local organizations focused on reading. The influence and guidance of the volunteers help children gain the confidence and skills to practice their reading both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Make reading fun. Using a smartphone or tablet, there are several apps that promote literacy development in an exciting way. Apps such as Aesops Quest allow kids to have fun playing a virtual game while enhancing their reading skills.

Set yourself up for success:

  • Think long term. Reading skills are essential to success in education and the working world. Apps such as Wordscapes allow the user to expand their vocabulary and practice their spelling; all while providing a stress-free experience.
  • Start a book club with co-workers or friends. Reading with your community not only offers accountability, but develops relationships. If members cannot meet, they can virtually discuss the reading with each other.
  • Set reading goals. Set personal reading goals, such as reading one book a month. Studies have shown that regularly reading improves memory, concentration and helps keep the mind young and sharp. Using a Kindle, Apple iPad or Samsung tablet, can make reading in your free-time easy and attainable.

About U.S. Cellular
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