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Weekly Update
December 6, 2005    

Greetings R2K Fans!

It is less than a week until the December reading clubs, and we still need readers (especially at Gratts and Noble)!

If you have not signed up to read yet, please take a minute to submit your RSVP for these very fun, holiday-themed clubs! Just click here to RSVP! The December reading clubs are filled with holiday spirit and even a visit from Santa. So join us this weekend!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

December Books

Our Curriculum Committee has been hard at work coming up with discussion topics and craft ideas for all of the holiday-themed books. We have a great lineup of books for the December reading clubs.

Here is a sneak peek:

Christmas Is Coming -- It's Time to Wake Up

In Bear Stays Up for Christmas, it is the day before Christmas, and Bear's friends have gathered in his lair to wake him up to celebrate the holiday. They get a tree, pop corn, bake fruitcake, hang stockings, and hum songs. The others doze off, but Bear keeps busy wrapping presents, baking cookies, and decorating, unaware that a certain plump, red-suited gentleman is watching from outside the cave.

First graders (and first grade readers) will enjoy this story filled with energy and excitement about the upcoming holiday. You may even decide to make some bird feeders to feed some of Bear's friends.

A Season for Miracles

The fifth grade book, Miracles on Maple Hill, is a loving family saga about Marley, brother Joe, their parents, and their friends. When Marley's father returns home from World War II a broken man physically and spiritually, her mother decides that the family needs to leave the city for an extended visit to Grandma's house in the country. Students will be drawn into the tale of a year in the life of this family as the father slowly regains his strength and confidence. The year is filled with small miracles from the first spring blossoms to the healing of their beloved neighbor, Mr. Chris. Each character is brought to life and given a unique personality and voice.

This story of miracles and transformation allows readers to travel through the seasons with this very special family.

Hike This Weekend!

On Sunday, following the reading clubs, many Reading to Kids volunteers and supporters will be meeting in Altadena for a hike.

   When: December 11th, 10am
   Where: Altadena
   Hiking Time: 3 hours (5 miles round trip)

Driving Directions: From the I-210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena, exit at Lake Avenue. Drive north for 3.4 miles to the end of Lake Avenue (where it intersects with the terminus of Loma Alta Drive running east and west). Park along the street.

Friends, families, and dogs are always welcome.

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Carter, the Social Chair at (310) 497-1796 or at jeffcart1@hotmail.com.

This event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

To view the evite, click here.


Karrah Lompa
Program Director
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

In this issue . . .
- Sign Up Now for December Clubs
- Sneak Peek at the Books
- Hike This Weekend
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December 2005
Reading Club Statistics
School RSVPs Capacity
Esperanza 64 78
Gratts 51 78
Magnolia 92 93
Noble 51 75

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