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Western Massachusetts is a treasure trove for community-based studies of literature and literary history! Including historic homes, local landmarks, beautiful trails, and more! Here in the western half of the state, community-based educational resources for explore American literary history are plentiful.

Celebrate all things local and book-related at the first annual Easthampton BookFest! Created by Easthampton City Arts+, and supported by countless literary folks from the community, the event is chock-full of book- and story-themed events that encourage learning and creativity. This is an opportunity that is not to be missed!

Greater consideration these days is being given to the power of a single word. Is it because of marketing where everything is analyzed for hidden messaging, or is it that people are more sensitive to how words can empower or suppress? Whatever the reason, the result is that we are stimulated to be more creative when considering what words we choose to communicate.

And now comes the learning opportunity for children: words were never meant to exist within rigid mechanical boundaries. They have personality. What you’ll read here is how to really expand on some creative thinking for your child to build richer vocabulary with deeper meaning inspired by a Vocabulary Parade where children are encouraged to bring their words to life! Find out fun ways to broaden your child’s range of vocabulary, and then parade them all together…

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