Spreading our Passion for Literacy Through Read Alouds

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Our Read Aloud program connects volunteer readers with underserved 3rd and 4th grade classrooms throughout the region. We provide our readers with training, as well as a set of books from which to read and enough brand-new books so that every student can choose one to keep and take home at the end of each monthly visit.

  • By the end of the school year, each child, many of whom have never previously owned a book, will have a home library of approximately seven books.
  • Currently:  More than 200 Volunteer Readers
  • Approximately 42,000 books to children per year

Reading to the Homer Street School students is a highlight in my calendar. It's rewarding to see them every month and share the generous gift of giving them books from LTL. You should see their smiling faces when they are presented with new and exciting books to read - and they also enjoy our reading time together. It's an honor to be part of such an outstanding organization making a major difference in so many young lives.

Brenda Garton-Sjoberg
LTL Reader at Homer School

Every Tuesday at 10:30 in the Eastfield Mall food court, LTL and the Eastfield Mall marketing department work together to hold a Read Aloud and Craft program for toddlers. LTL and mall employee volunteers alternate reading each week (except during the summer), and it's wonderful to see these little ones with their families/caregivers enjoying our program together!

Gayle Rediker, CAO
Rediker Software - Hampden, MA

It is so rewarding to excite preschoolers by reading aloud to them and to watch how they ever so carefully select a brand new book to take home to add to their personal library.

Carol Fox 
Reader at Metcalf Preschool - Holyoke, MA

Thank you for the opportunity to work with Link to Libraries. It is a great organization and provides an important service to this community. 

I think the students (and the teachers) in the classes I read to over the past two years really enjoyed our time together. I met so many wonderful kids and caring teachers and administrators. Reading to the students at the Glenwood School was the highlight of my month!

You should be very proud of what you have accomplished here. I wish you all of the best.

Martin W. Baicker, FACHE
President & CEO at JGS Lifecare
LTL Reader at Glenwood School