SSV offers free online Summer Read Aloud for Springfield Families

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (Springfield School Volunteers) June 18, 2020 – Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) is hosting a special online author edition of its popular Read Aloud program Wednesday, July 8 through Wednesday, Aug. 5. Local authors are partnering with SSV to read their published works online for free to promote literacy and a love of storytelling this summer.

“Read Aloud is one of SSV’s most beloved programs and has been our way of promoting literacy and a love of reading for nearly 35 years,” said CEO Denise N. Cogman. “Like many of you, we have had to get creative because of the changes these unprecedented times have brought about. When deciding whether a virtual Read Aloud was something we wanted to try, we thought about the fact that there are many digital read aloud platforms available online. Then we realized we are fortunate to be part of a community with many talented authors who just might be willing to let us help them share their stories with young people.”

Cogman said while students, parents and teachers will be looking forward to this historic school year coming to a close, hearing a good story is always a welcome break. “We hope that hearing stories from authors who are from right in their backyards will have the added benefit of encouraging some of our young people to explore their creative sides as well,” Cogman added.

Each Wednesday from July 8 to Aug. 5, SSV will share an online Read Aloud session featuring the very author who wrote the book. Parents and their youngsters can tune into the online Read Aloud, at, to enjoy a children’s story by Western Massachusetts authors Crystal Senter-Brown (“Gabby Gives Back”), Keshawn Dodds (“Menzuo: An Epic Superhero Fantasy Adventure Series”), Joannie Duris (“B is for Berkshires”), Richard Michelson (“Fascinating”) and Lisa Papademetriou (“A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic.”)

Each video will be accompanied by the recommended grade level as well as more details about the author.

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2021-04-29T18:21:03-04:00June 19, 2020|

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