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May 6, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,


Reading to Kids turns 22 years old in two days, and more teachers have been committing to be Zoom hosts for this Saturday - so we need 21 more volunteers this Saturday morning to read aloud on Zoom!

Zoom reading clubs

RSVPs for these virtual "Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales" reading clubs are limited 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.

Here's your chance to read to kids again this Saturday, no matter where in the world you live! See further below how virtual clubs work.

Please also encourage any of your friends and family who have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual) to RSVP now at our homepage at!

(If you are signed up but can't attend after all, please click here to cancel ASAP or before 3:00 p.m. tomorrow so someone else can take your place!)

If you check the website and find it is full, please keep checking back since even more spots may open today and tomorrow.



Zoom 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:

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.

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 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

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

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!

Kindergarten crafts at LA Elementary


Thank you to The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation for another $10,000 grant!

In addition, this year they also awarded all of their current nonprofit partners, including Reading to Kids, an additional one-time $5,000 grant in recognition of the impact of COVID-19.

Over the past 17 years The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation has awarded us $159,000 to further our quest of sharing a love of literacy with the children of Los Angeles, no matter the challenges.

We also send a special shout-out to Taskforce Member Dalet Brady for helping secure this funding that will enable Reading to Kids to continue to inspire children with the joys of reading!


Thanks, and we hope you can RSVP at for this Saturday's "Fantasy, Folklore, & Fairytales" reading clubs!


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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MAY 2021
Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 7 8
Esperanza 10 11
Gratts 12 12
Los Angeles 8 13
MacArthur Park 12 16
Magnolia 8 13
Politi 6 6
White 10 15
TOTAL 73 94
MAY Books. . .
Kindergarten book
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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