Book Bites honors past PHS student

By Kelly Schoessling

Executive Entertainment Editor|

Advisor of the library Christie Sylvester pulls out a small blue book and opens the dog-eared cover open. She turns each page showing the different handwriting and words that various students have contributed throughout time.

The journal was started back in 2003 by a current club at PHS, Book Bites.
Almost 10 years ago Sylvester attended a conference in Indianapolis. She went primarily because she was interested in starting an after-school book discussion group, and was only further motivated when she heard of a one high school’s book club slogan, “We don’t read common novels.”
Fast-forward ten years and Book Bites is still abiding by that very same slogan. Each member of the club brings their own genre of books to share and talk about. Together the students widen their horizons of novels and share their passion for reading.
Another motivation for the club comes from a past PHS student, which none of members have ever even met.

Prospect alum Jared Van Horn, was changing his tire years ago when he was hit by oncoming traffic and was tragically killed.

At the time, the computer labs were being moved from the second floor to the current library we use today on a day-to-day basis.

During his time at PHS, Van Horn visited the library frequently, and therefore his parents decided to donate money to the new library. A plaque honoring Van Horn can be currently seen in the quiet study room.

Another part of the donation was given to the Book Bites program. Even today at the beginning of every meeting Sylvester starts a toast, with water of course, to Van Horn so they can honor and thank this memory.

Sylvester encourages all students timid about joining Book Bites to attend at least one meeting, and to meet new people along with the experience.

“We talk about what we’re reading in school, or we talk about life in general,” Sylvester said. “A lot of life-long friendships have developed from our club activities.”
The club also acknowledges that students may have other commitments on certain days. Therefore all the meetings are optional and not mandatory.
Within 10 years the club that started with only three members has grown to 15-21 members. The club certainly is always open to new, interested members though.

We welcome everybody. We don’t care what grade you’re in, or what you like to read. We don’t shun anybody,” Sylvester said.