On Tuesday, Ruby Wiles of Free Books for Kids Town offered that choice to about 300 students at Youngsville Elementary School.
“Choice motivates children to read” said Wiles.
She didn’t just hand out a free book to each student.
They were able to browse through the many options and choose a book that interested them.
She gave the students many choices. She has between 3,000 and 4,000 books of all subjects and skill levels at any one time. “I have pop-up books, history books, Wimpy Kid, science books,” she says.
“It Means So Much” said Wiles. “That means they’re going to read this summer because they have to choose the books.”
She said many students don’t have the money to buy books from their school book fairs or elsewhere.
By the end of the week, Wiles will have distributed nearly 2,000 books this year to elementary students in the Warren County School District. His final stop for the school year is Sheffield Area Primary School.
She hopes to enter the schools more often next year. “One book is not enough” she says.
She knows she is making a difference because many students look at her holding the books they have chosen and say: “You mean I have to keep this?”
Free Books for Kids Town has a store at Second Avenue Exchange, 306 Second Ave., Warren.
And, the organization will distribute books during the July 4 parade.