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SmallIndianaSalem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.

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JustinGreenDuring the month of September, we celebrate National Read a Book Day.  This is a day set aside to encourage everyone to take the time to enjoy a good book.  As Mayor of Salem, I hope all those in our community will take advantage of the benefits reading books has to offer.     

Countless studies have highlighted the benefits of reading, which include improving vocabulary and writing skills, increasing memory, developing analytical thinking, helping with focus and concentration, and preventing cognitive decline. 

Such benefits are especially important for children.  For kids, reading sparks imagination, builds word recognition, enhances reasoning skills, challenges young minds, and provides cultural and historical knowledge. Reading can also help children focus, which we all know is a critical skill this day and age.  A book is a great alternative to screens and electronic devices.  National Book Day is a great opportunity to read with children. 

Research has shown that reading and sharing stories with children has a positive impact on their health and development.  It is also an opportunity to spend time together.  You can start a new bedtime routine of reading a chapter each night to your children.  Here are some tips for how to get started:

Make a routine.  Read a chapter each night before bed.

Let your child help. Encourage your child to help you sound out words or describe the pictures they see in the book.

Talk about the story together. What did your child think of the story you just read? Did they like the characters or pictures? Why? 

Mix in educational books with fun reads. Mix reading time up with your child by choosing books that are both fun and educational.  

To help get you started reading, you can also visit the Salem Public Library.  There is a wonderful selection of books, and the helpful library staff can help you choose the perfect one for you or your child.  The library has selections of hardback, paperback, e-books and audiobooks. It is located 212 N. Main Street in Salem and is open every day of the week. 

In the City of Salem, we will always look for ways to better ourselves and our community.  I hope we can help you read more this month, and that you will continue the practice as a lifelong habit.