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July 30, 2020

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,

Deep into their summer vacation, we now have enough teachers committed as Zoom hosts for our reading clubs on August 8th!

We have very few spots, though, so they filled up quickly by our experienced virtual reading club volunteers.

Zoom reading clubs

Still, if you have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual), please keep checking our home page at www.readingtokids.org to see if there any new openings for you to submit your RSVP for our virtual reading clubs on Saturday, August 8th.

(If you are signed up but can't attend after all, please click here to cancel so someone else can take your place!)

If you check the website and find it is full, please keep checking back, since additional spots may open up over the next week.

We are again limiting RSVPs for these experimental virtual reading clubs only to returning volunteers - people who have volunteered with us at least once before at any of our previous face-to-face or virtual reading clubs.


Because LAUSD teachers are using Zoom to reach their students, we will use Zoom for these virtual reading clubs. The reading clubs will be hosted by participating teachers at each school using their school Zoom accounts, but you will need your own Zoom account to join the reading club. If you don’t already have a Zoom account, you can sign up for a free, Basic account here: https://zoom.us/pricing

IMPORTANT: You will need to use Zoom from a desktop or laptop computer. The phone and tablet versions of Zoom do not have the necessary features for our virtual reading clubs.

We are again limiting RSVPs for these virtual reading clubs to returning volunteers - people who have volunteered with us at least once before at any of our previous reading clubs.

Ideally, anyone who volunteers for these virtual reading clubs will be comfortable using Zoom. If you wish to test out your Zoom connectivity prior to the reading clubs, we encourage you to email us at info@readingtokids.org so we may do a brief test run with you before the virtual reading clubs.

The Friday before the reading clubs you will receive a link for a Zoom "check-in" session with your Site Coordinators that will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. that Saturday. Click here to review the schedule for these virtual reading clubs.

Once you and your fellow volunteers are checked in, that same Zoom session will have a Zoom Volunteer Orientation / Virtual Reading Club Training that will start promptly at 9:15 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m. you and your volunteer partner will leave that Site Coordinator session and then join the teacher's Zoom session. The teacher will host the Zoom call and make you co-hosts. The first 30 minutes will be for troubleshooting and a prep session for just you and your reading partner and the teacher.

The kids will join that same reading club Zoom session at 10:00 a.m., and it will likely go until 10:30 or 11:00, at the teacher's discretion.

After the reading clubs end you will then rejoin your Site Coordinator's Zoom call for a brief wrap-up.

To screen share the book you will be reading with the children, you will need Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader from https://get.adobe.com/reader.

We will provide you a PDF of the read-aloud book so you can prepare for the reading clubs. You can see the read-aloud book titles for this month at https://readingtokids.org/Books/BooksMonth.php.

We will provide at the above link activities and simple craft ideas the kids can do at home. You would prepare to lead the kids in an activity and craft, though you may not actually do a craft, depending upon how the Zoom session goes. The kids may just want to talk to new faces!



Volunteers learning Zoom with their Site Coordinators

For our virtual reading clubs we need experienced volunteers to be a second or third virtual Site Coordinator in our Zoom reading clubs for any of our schools.

These smaller summer reading clubs are the best times to step into this important role - all training pleasantly provided safely at home!

If all reader spots are full you can also let us know if you are willing to be a "stand-by" reader on August 8th, someone willing to fill in for any grade at any school if we have any last-second reader cancellations.

Stand-by readers must be available that Saturday morning from 8am to around 11am and willing to read to any grade at any school.

Please e-mail us at info@readingtokids.org if you can help us in either of the above roles !



Three-times virtual reading club volunteer Sarah Kremer has created a chapter book read-aloud video that also ends with a paper spinner craft using a cereal box!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory video image

Click on the image above to see her read aloud the first six chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or click on the image below to jump right to the craft portion that starts at 32:36!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory craft image

Then read on below for how you can become a Reading to Kids star by creating your own videos for the kids!



A Penguin Story video image

Want to bring the joy of reading to the kids at our partner schools while everyone is staying safe at home? Then create and share your own read-aloud videos that end with a craft!

We're especially looking for videos of 4th and 5th grade "chapter books". We'd like to keep reading alive with the older kids by intriguing them with longer books we have read to them. You may only read aloud the first 40 pages or so, just as we do at our reading clubs.

Similar to all the videos we feature on our webpage for kids and parents, we'd like to feature your videos that the kids at our partner schools can find at that webpage.

Click this link for all of our tips and which books to read aloud, including tips from Chris Martin when he created his Oh, the Places You'll Go! video! Click the image below to jump to their crafts portion.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! craft image

Thanks, and we hope you'll get a chance to submit your RSVP today for our virtual reading clubs on August 8th!


Charlie Orchard & Talethe Jackson
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

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August 2020
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 5 5
Esperanza 10 10
Gratts 2 2
Los Angeles 6 6
MacArthur Park 2 2
Magnolia 10 10
Politi 6 6
White 10 10
TOTAL 51 51
AUGUST Books. . .
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First Grade book
First Grade
Second Grade book
Second Grade
Third Grade book
Third Grade
Fourth Grade book
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade book
Fifth Grade

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