- New School Year
Read-Aloud is preparing for a new school year! Our Annual Conferences are on Tues. Aug 29th, 10:30-12:30 or Thurs. Sept 17th, 1:30-3:30 pm (both at UUCB). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 237-0735 to let us know that you are attending either one. Attendance of a Conference is mandatory, but we will be putting together a make-up session, likely on Sept 25th at the office. Reminder, the schools most in need of volunteers are Dover, Downer and Montalvin.
- Summer Program
If you want to read to small groups of kids over the summer (June 18th-August 8th) at a city of Richmond summer camp (Camp Achieve), please sign up here.
We’ll be at Nevin Community Center & Verde Elementary (summer location of Shields-Reid Community Center) on Tuesdays, and Booker T. Anderson Community Center & Parchester Community Center on Fridays.
This program is made possible through sponsorships from the City of Richmond’s Community Services Department, the West Contra Cost Ed Fund and with book support from West County Reads. Thank You!
- dd’s DISCOUNTS/First Book
For the third year in a row, dd’s DISCOUNTS in Richmond made Read-Aloud the recipient of its Youth Literacy Fundraiser in August!
This year, dd’s DISCOUNTS raised over $3,100 for Read-Aloud, that we get to use as credit at First Book Marketplace.
Thank you to all who donated, the dd’s DISCOUNTS staff who hosted us and promoted us, and First Book, for helping put this together!
- September Orientations
Orientations are scheduled for either :
Thursday, Sept. 6 2:30-4:30 pm or Tuesday, Sept. 25 10:30 am -12:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington 94707
There will be monthly make-up orientations thereafter at the Read-Aloud office. The first one is on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10-noon.
- Possible Summer Programming, Newsletter up
Summer programming with Richmond’s Camp Achieve!
dates: 6/18 – 8/10
time: 10:30 – noon
location(s): Booker T Anderson/Shields-Reid/Parchester Village/Nevin
Possibility of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
Also, the latest newsletter is out, Read-Aloud Wrap-Up
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)
- Last Orientation of the Year
Held Feb 28, 2-4 pm.
13831 San Pablo Ave., Bldg 5
Use phone in Bldg 5 lobby to gain access.
- Next Orientation
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.
- Multi-Cultural Children’s Bookstore (The Shops at Hilltop)
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.
- President’s Week Recess
School, and therefore Read-Aloud, is on vacation Feb 20-24. Have a good break!