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Doddridge County Reader Orientation

December 2, 2014
6:00 PM

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News and Events

Looking for your next Read Aloud book?

Our volunteers have shared read aloud recommendations for preschool through high school.

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Libraries are essential

There is a critical link between access to books and a child’s interest in reading—as well as his or her ultimate level of literacy. Sadly, not every home or even every school in West Virginia has a library. As a result, public libraries play a critical role in the effort to raise children who can read proficiently.

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Appalachian Power volunteers plan annual Read to Me Day in three states


Every fall hundreds of Appalachian Power employees and retirees fan out across Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to read the same book to schoolchildren as part of Read to Me Day. Last year about 420 schools participated in the annual event that promotes reading and gives volunteers the opportunity to give back to their communities.

This year's event will be Thursday, Nov. 20.

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An Appalachian Power reader shares Cynthia Rylant's "Silver Packages" with students at Our Lady of Fatima School in Huntington.



Read Aloud volunteer opportunities for WVU education majors

Read Aloud West Virginia of Monongalia County has volunteer openings for EDU 100 students in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University to work with children in Read Aloud promoting a lifelong love of reading among elementary-aged children.

Hours volunteered at Read Aloud are eligible for the EDU 100 service learning requirement and any CEHS education major may volunteer. Limited openings are available at Eastwood Elementary and Bartlett House Shelter in Morgantown.

For more information, click here.


Coaches Nehlen, Pruett join kickoff for Read Aloud of Boone County


2014 Read Aloud Summit Slideshow

W.Va. native gathers books, donations, inspired by lifelong friend Candy Galyean

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 21, 2014 -- Jennie Fitzkee, originally of Huntington but who now lives in Massachusetts, drove a car full of 500 new books and a donation for Read Aloud West Virginia, all inspired by her childhood friend Candy Galyean, who died in 2012.

Fitzkee, a teacher for 30 years, learned about Read Aloud from Candy's obituary, which invited donations to Read Aloud in lieu of flowers.  Read more



Thank you

to all the sponsors, donors and volunteers

who made Read-a-Palooza 2014

a great success.

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From the Rocket Boys Festival in Beckley

Leslie Baker and members of the Raleigh County Read Aloud Board of Directors promote reading aloud to children.

Rocket Boys Festival video


Doug Harlow

Meteorologist Doug Harlow reads some of his favorites on Book Nook, which airs daily at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the Kanawha County Schools community access channel (SuddenLink channel 17).

What's next?

Read Aloud West Virginia volunteers share their classroom hits from the 2012-13 school year. Find even more recommendations from around West Virginia.


100 must-read books for kids 9-14

Looking for your next read? This list from NPR might help.



Sarah Sullivan on Book Nook   

Charleston children's book author Sarah Sullivan talks about the making of readers, writers and her book "Passing the Music Down" on Book Nook, which airs weekdays at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Suddenlink Channel 17.


Spring Creek Energy makes Read Aloud happen

Spring Creek Energy in Nicholas County made not only a finanical contribution but also a gift of time and staff to launch a Read Aloud effort in Mt. Nebo Elementary School classrooms. "I'm in," said Spring Creek owner Wayne Davis.

Read more from the Nicholas Chronicle


LISTEN: A message from Pocahontas County

"What are you reading?" asks Pocahontas County Read Aloud in this radio announcement. You won't believe what a difference you can make.

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Children like e-books, but still prefer print

Young people ages 6 to 17 surveyed last fall say they like and read e-books, but still prefer print versions much of the time, including at bedtime and for sharing with friends, Education Week reported.

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Reading in the news

For educators


Book sets for classrooms

Read Aloud West Virginia has hundreds of books in sets large enough to serve whole classrooms. Browse the list and contact us.

Book trunks available

We also have trunks of

assorted books for teachers to borrow. See the complete inventory.


There is time for Read Aloud

A good book



Appalachian author Silas House teams up with Neela Vaswani to produce their first book for younger readers, the story of two 12-year-olds, one in New York's Chinatown, one in eastern Kentucky.

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We love Read Aloud


'An enjoyable activity'

When I missed a day because I was ill the students made cards for me and each read their card aloud to me and to the class the following week.  I have been invited to talk about Read Aloud in my church hoping to attract volunteers. Read to young students is an enjoyable activity for me.

-- Pat Schaffer

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