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Halloween is almost upon us, and Warren resident Ruby Wiles wants share her passion for bringing books to kids through Halloween Read and Treat.
“It’s alarming how many childraen don’t have any books of their own,” said Wiles, who is the founder/director of Allegheny Creations, a social enterprise, and of Free Books for Kids Town, a Warren, Pa., non-profit formed to help children achieve success and go for their dreams.
“We are so excited that Halloween Read and Treat will have locations in four states this year!” she added.
In addition to locations in Maryland and Montana, trick-or-treaters can get books along with their treats this Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, in Jamestown at the Unitarian Church (1255 Prendergast Avenue) from 3-6 p.m. and at 3 Barker Street during regular trick-or-treating hours, 6-8 p.m.
Also 6-8 p.m. on Halloween there will be books and treats in Warren at the Warren Public Library (205 Market Street) and at 3 Redwood Street.
Wiles likes to say, “A book is a gift that keeps on giving, because no amount of candy in the world can match against the amount of knowledge and inspiration a child can obtain from a single book.” Kids who are readers can achieve success and go for their dreams, but it is difficult to become a reader without having ready access to books.
A person who helps a child become a reader is truly a hero. You, too, can be a hero by giving away books on Halloween, at your home, business, or through an organization.
For anyone who would like to take part, Wiles has some suggestions.
The first step is to visit your town’s thrift shops and library used book sales. “You’ll be delighted to learn how many children’s books you can buy for very little money,” Wiles says. “And kids are just as excited to get a used book in good condition as they are a new one.”
Wiles advises that the most important thing is to let children choose their own books. Rather than by reading level, organize books in boxes by categories like sports, non-fiction, believe-it-or-not, books with gross facts, war/history, cars and transportation, princess books or those with girl heroines, and board books for little ones. After receiving their treat, let your trick-or-treaters choose their own books.
For more information about Halloween Read and Treat and to become an official participant, visit halloweenreadandtreat.com.
To learn more about Free Books for Kids Town, visit Facebook @FreeBooksForKidsTown.