StoryTime is EWDC’s group reading program, bringing together students to connect with a special guest over a book and guided discussion.

For younger students, StoryTime follows a traditional read-aloud format. Volunteers read a book out loud to the group, which models positive literacy behavior and shows excitement for reading. In addition, selected books introduce age-appropriate themes to students, such as resilience and empathy.

For older students, StoryTime offers an opportunity for volunteers to make a more personal connection with students. Guest readers can present books that reflect their own real-life experiences, such as their career journeys or overcoming adversity on their path to success. StoryTime is also a chance to use books to discuss important themes such as racial justice, social equality, and community service. These guided group reading experiences open students' minds to new ideas and opportunities while reinforcing core literacy skills.

To learn more about StoryTime, to sign up as a volunteer, or to request a StoryTime at your school, please email

Talia Ford (EWDC)
Terps at Marie Reed

"EWDC has fostered a positive environment around literacy. Our students have been exposed to topics they otherwise would not have been during StoryTimes."

Teacher, J.O. Wilson Elementary School