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Organization to provide 2,000 books to area students

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Youngsville Elementary School third-graders Cole Maynor (left) and Rylynn Scott sort through a box of bonus books at the Free Books for Kids Town event Tuesday at the school.

When it comes to getting kids interested in reading, choice is the key.

On Tuesday, Ruby Wiles of Free Books for Kids Town provided that choice to about 300 students at Youngsville Elementary School.

“Choice motivates kids to read,” Wiles said.

She didn’t just hand a free book to each student.

They were able to look through the many options and pick a book that interested them.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Youngsville Elementary School third-graders (from left) Ava Jenkins, Kaison Sutton, Jaxon Chase, and Colby Fry look through some of the Free Books for Kids Town books that they were able to choose form on Tuesday.

She offered the students many choices. She has 3,000 to 4,000 books of all subjects and skill levels at any given time. “I have pop-up books, history books, Wimpy Kid, science books,” she said.

“It means so much,” Wiles said. “It means that they’re going to be reading this summer because they got to choose the books.”

She said many students don’t have the money to afford books from their school book fairs or anywhere else.

By the end of the week, Wiles will have given away almost 2,000 books this year to students in elementary grades in Warren County School District. Her last stop for the school year is Sheffield Area Elementary School.

She hopes to get into the schools more frequently next year. “One book is not enough,” she said.

She knows she’s making a difference because many students look at her while holding the books they have chosen and say, “You mean I get to keep this?”

Free Books for Kids Town has a store at Second Avenue Exchange, 306 Second Ave., Warren.

And, the organization will give out books during the Fourth of July parade.

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