COVID-19 and Read-Aloud

As you may be aware, relatives of a Washington Elementary student and Mira Vista Elementary student have tested positive for the novel Cornavirus. The school district has issued a community update and guidance on this case and the wider issue of reducing community spread.  Contra Costa Health Services has also issued an Interim Guidance on Social Distancing.

Use common sense; do not come to school if you are sick (tell your coordinator).  Practice good hygiene, wash your hands often, use provided hand sanitizer.  Coordinators will be wiping down nonporous surfaces with disinfectant between sessions.

We will post updates as we receive them.

Schools are Open 10/29, No Read-Aloud 10/31 or 11/1

The school district has put out a statement that all schools are open tomorrow, as all schools but one have power and air quality is forecast to improve over the next several days. There is no Read-Aloud on Thursday as it is Halloween and none on Friday, as it is Parent Conference Day and the students aren’t at elementary school.

PG&E Power Shut Offs

In the event of a power shut off the week of 11/9/2019, Read-Aloud schools are not forecasted to be effected.  If Readers are driving through areas without power, please drive safe and treat traffic signals that are off as all way stops.

Make-up Conference

Our next conference will be held on Tuesday October 8, 9-10:30 am, in the San Pablo City Council Chambers (13831 San Pablo Ave. Bldg 2, San Pablo CA 94806) Attendance of a conference is required before you start reading.

Volunteer Handbook Wiki

Physical handbooks are hard to update continuously, so we have moved to an online wiki version, located at

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 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!