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August 26, 2021

Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,


Kindergarten crafts at LA Elementary

We are delighted to already have enough teachers committed to being Zoom hosts for our reading clubs on September 11th!

We have now opened the September 11th reading clubs RSVPs, so sign up quickly if you know you can join us!

If you have ever read with us at any of our prior reading clubs (face-to-face or virtual), please RSVP now at our homepage at or keep checking back to submit your RSVP for our "Back to School Fun" virtual reading clubs on September 11th!

We must continue to limit RSVPs for these 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.

We hope to add more reader spots as more teachers can join us on September 11th.

If you check our website and find all reader spots are full today or over the next two weeks, please keep checking back so we'll have enough volunteers.


If all spots are full you can also let us know at if you are willing to be a "stand-by" reader for Saturday, September 11th. A "stand-by" reader is 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 via Zoom to any grade at any school. It's a really important role!


Volunteers checking in with their Site Coordinators on Zoom

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

Being a Site Coordinator guarantees you a (non-reading) spot at our next reading clubs, so please e-mail us at if you can help us create wonderful reading clubs!


Zoom reading clubs

Because LAUSD has not yet determined when volunteer organizations can return to on-campus events, we continue to 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


On Sunday, September 12th, join fellow Reading to Kids volunteers as we watch a screening of Black Panther at the Hollywood Bowl - with the soundtrack performed live by the L.A. Philharmonic!

The Bowl opens at 5:30pm, and the movie starts at 7:30pm. We'll sit towards the back of the Bowl in section W3 (probably – the seats will be together as Cynthia finalizes the specific section).

Tickets are $25 each. E-mail Cynthia Montes at to purchase before she sells out - she only has 10 tickets left!

Please also RSVP to our Facebook event, and you can click the images below for details and a map.

Black Panther at the Hollywood Bowl flyer

Black Panther at the Hollywood Bowl map


We thank the Employees Charity Organization of Northrop Grumman for their generous donation of $1,574! This is an excellent example of our volunteers supporting us through their employer's grant-making!

We also thank The Kleiner Cohen Foundation for its continuing support of Reading to Kids with their most recent $2,000 grant - the 18th year in a row the Foundation has financially supported us!

Grants such as these help all of us together inspire thousands of kids in Los Angeles as we fill the bookshelves in their homes and in their schools' libraries.


Thanks, and please keep checking to RSVP with us if we have open spots!


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

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Reading Club RSVPs
School RSVPs Capacity
Alta Loma 2 5
Esperanza 2 9
Gratts 4 7
Los Angeles 2 5
MacArthur Park 1 5
Magnolia 3 10
Politi 3 6
White 2 6
TOTAL 19 53
SEPTEMBER Books. . .
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First Grade book
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Second Grade book
Second Grade
Third Grade book
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Fourth Grade book
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade book
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