Resources

Events

  • 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.

  • 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  info@read-aloud.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

     

  • Celebrations!

    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.

Updates

  • Read-Aloud En Línea

    ¿Le gustaría que su estudiante se una a una versión en línea de “Read-Aloud Volunteer Program”? 

    Registrate aquí: https://forms.gle/EN9qfc1WCHtUQPcw8

    Read-Aloud En Linea (Flyer)
  • Online Read-Aloud – Student

    Would you like your child to participate in an online version of Read-Aloud? Sign-up here: (https://forms.gle/nnmSB7UGMq25kGoi8)

    En Espanol: (https://forms.gle/EN9qfc1WCHtUQPcw8)

  • 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.

  • Read-Aloud in the New Year

    Read-Aloud is scheduled starting January 6th through May 1st, with vacations on MLK day (Jan 20th), President’s Week (Feb 17th-21st) and Spring Recess (Apr 6th-10th).

  • 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 https://read-aloud.myxwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Volunteer%20Policies%20and%20Procedures/

  • 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  info@read-aloud.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!