June 24, 2019

Williston student spreads love of books

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate Jocelyn Kaplan, 10, unloads a box of books to bring to the Williston Community Food Shelf on Monday. She has been collecting books to donate for an initiative she started called ‘Nourish the Love of Reading.’

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate
Jocelyn Kaplan, 10, unloads a box of books to bring to the Williston Community Food Shelf on Monday. She has been collecting books to donate for an initiative she started called ‘Nourish the Love of Reading.’

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Ten-year-old Jocelyn Kaplan is a bookworm.

“It’s fun to discover cool adventures inside books,” she said. “I love reading. It’s kind of weird to imagine a life without books.”

So when she realized that not all of her peers have the same access to books at home, she decided to take action.

A background question on a standardized test last year got her thinking.

“There was a question about how many books you have at home, and one of the options was 3-5 books,” she said. “I was depressed to learn some people only have 3-5 books in their house.”

So, she decided to start collecting books and delivering them to the Williston Community Food Shelf for customers to take.

She titled the initiative “Nourish the Love of Reading.”

“You can get books at the library, but it’s different than having your own books to keep,” she said.

Since the winter, she has collected approximately 350 books, and hopes to double that amount. Jocelyn pulled books from her own library to donate and asked her classmates to bring in books. The class also selected books from the classroom library to donate. She also gleaned books left over from friends’ yard sales.

Now, she hopes to get more people involved. Jocelyn placed a box at the entrance of Williston Central School for book donations, and residents can also drop books at the Kaplan home. To bring books, email jillian2u@comcast.net.

“I think it’s important that everyone have books,” she said. “You can make someone’s day when they have something new, and it’s so simple.”

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