Be a BookPAL

Children’s Literacy Network BookPALS is a club funded project. They need volunteers for 1.5 hour shifts throughout the school year — up to 40 in total. Below is the formal description of BookPAL, but it is an easy commitment, working with 2nd and 3rd graders in small reading groups on Zoom. They get free books and read to each other with the encouragement of the volunteers. Contact latoya@childrensliteracynetwork.org for all the details! Or, contact club member, Marsha Chamberlin for more information—marsha.chamberlin@gmail.com or 734-7176742. (Leave a message if she doesn’t answer because she doesn’t automatically pick up numbers she doesn’t recognize.

An innovative program built on the well-known concept of “Pen Pals,” which employs a peer-assisted learning model to generate excitement around reading, build practice reading time and build bridges between students from varied communities and backgrounds. This year BookPALS will reach children from Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Dexter schools. Children get a “PAL” to read with and learn from. The goal is to develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through activities of the program.