Thank you to all the volunteers and donors who made this year possible! We are holding small school site celebrations, you are welcome to attend any (though please RSVP to the coordinator or the office so we may get a head count).
- Coronado (2100 Maine Ave, Richmond) Tuesday 4/24, 12:15-1:15 (2nd floor, Read-Aloud room)
- Dover (1870 19th Street, San Pablo): Tuesday 4/24 and Wednesday 4/25, 11:15-12:15 (in the library)
- Downer (1231 18th Street, San Pablo): Wednesday 5/2 from 9:30-11:30 (2nd floor, Read-Aloud room)
- Montalvin (300 Christine Drive, San Pablo): Friday 4/27, 11:10-12:10 (library)
- Washington (565 Wine Street): Wednesday 4/25 and Monday 4/30, 11:30-12:30 (library)
Held Feb 28, 2-4 pm.
13831 San Pablo Ave., Bldg 5
Use phone in Bldg 5 lobby to gain access.
The next New Reader Orientation will be held on Monday, January 22nd from 1:30 – 3 pm, in the Read-Aloud office. This is up a flight of stairs; if you would like to come, but cannot make it up a flight of stairs, we will change the location to a first floor room.
Dover has a new permanent Coordinator, Gabriella Bracamontes! Welcome to the team, Gabby. Her email address is email@example.com (all coordinators can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ashays Children’s Book Collection, West County READS and Tamara Shiloh have teamed up to open a pop-up Multi-Cultural Children’s Book Store! It will be open from Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, and is located near Macy’s in Richmond. This is a fundraiser that benefits West County READS, a group we partner with often.
Read-Aloud has received the Good Neighbor donation for the month of September from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Thank you for choosing us, Social Justice Committee, and thank you to the donations from the UUCB congregation and guests!
From a recent teacher evaluation:
“The Read Aloud Program is the best thing to have happened to our school. Students who came in with low interest in books, low comprehension scores, or with attention seeking behavior are now avid, confident readers who always come back with a smile on their face. They love to read and have huge smiles when it’s book day! I could not imagine a school without this special program and amazing volunteers!”
Thanks to all the 2016-17 Readers! The Read-Aloud School year came to a close at the end of April. We hope you were able to attend a Volunteer Appreciation party.
School, and therefore Read-Aloud, is on vacation Feb 20-24. Have a good break!
I began volunteering as a reader for the Read-Aloud Volunteer Program shortly after retiring from a career in maintenance and construction. Reading aloud with children has been a pleasure every year. I consider this program a win-win for the children and the readers. The children clearly benefit from the positive relationships with the readers as they develop their love for reading and books. Readers enjoy benefits beyond just sharing their time with children and helping to nurture reading skills. We also enjoy the books that we read! Learning about our world, the joy of a good story and sharing a laugh are just a few of the delights readers enjoy. I have invited friends to join Read-Aloud and several have become readers. I am grateful to be a part of this valuable program.