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parents and guardians seated at a large horse shoe arrangement of tables watching the Deaf instructor, who is teaching them how to sign a story.

The Shared Reading Program is designed to teach parents and care givers how to read to their deaf and hard of hearing children, using American Sign Language (ASL), and the 15 Principles. The tutors also provide strategies to share books most effectively.

A group of adults are sitting at a table in a classroom. They all have picture books open in front of them. A tutor is in front of them signing for them.


Instruction is provided by experienced Deaf tutors and there is a new book every month! This event is held in ASL, Spanish and English with interpretation available throughout. All printed materials are in both English and Spanish as well!

Sharing stories at home contributes to greater success in reading at school! For more information on this topic please visit

Food and Fun for Kids

Childcare and children’s activities are provided by our dedicated signing volunteers. Refreshments are served, including donations from Bagel Boy in Lawrence, MA and coffee. Time is given for families to socialize and make connections. Children and parents reading or playing in a classroom.Every family goes home with a book and a DVD and the whole event is free!

Where and When

Shared Reading Saturday takes place one Saturday a month for two sessions, Spring and Fall, with a break for the summer and winter holidays. It is held on the Northern Essex Community College campus in Lawrence at 45 Franklin Street in the Dimitri Building. Registration and refreshments are held in the atrium.


Registration is open to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you’re interested in joining us (and we hope you are) please register in advance! You can register by clicking the link to the right. Members of our mailing list will receive an email reminder and invitation to register each month, as well as a sneak peak at the book!

Covid Safety

Please bring a mask with you. Masks will be worn indoors for the safety of everyone, but in particular, the kids who are too young for vaccination to be an option.

If you are feeling unwell any time within the 48 hours leading up to Shared Reading Saturday, or if you think you may have been exposed to someone with Covid, we ask that you please stay home.

If you are test positive for Covid up to two weeks after the event, please contact us so that we can notify people that they may have been exposed. Your name and personal information will not be shared with anyone if a notification does need to go out.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

As always, eating surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes. Food will be individually portioned by staff wearing gloves and masks.


Shared Reading Saturday is a non profit organization funded in part by the generosity of the F.I. Hutchins Charitable Trust  and Bagel Boy of Lawrence.

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