Pick of the day: Get to know Jack

Anyone who has children should get a copy of today’s Daily Dispatch (something you ought to do every day) for the first installment of the fictional serial “Jack and the Fire Dragon.” It’s a great opportunity to encourage reading, to allow parents and children to share an adventure, and to keep young minds sharp during the summer. After you read the first chapter, “Paw Comes Home With a Surprise,” visit the North Carolina Press Association for more information, and pick up Chapter 2 Saturday.