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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.

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.


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. Every family goes home with a book and a DVD and the whole event is free!

Children and parents reading or playing in a classroom.

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.

Spring/Primavera 2024 Dates/Fechas

Feb 10
Mar 9
April/Abril 6



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 joining our mailing list. 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! The registration link will also be shared to our Facebook page, about 3 weeks before the event, each month.

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.

Social Media

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and links to registration. See all the season’s stories read in ASL on our YouTube channel!

For questions you may contact us at


Shared Reading Saturday is a non profit organization
funded in part by the generosity of  Bagel Boy of Lawrence.

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Gallaudet University Regional Center East

100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830 | Email:
Phone: 978-556-3701 | Video Phone: 978-241-7417 | Fax: 978-556-3703

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