Share Your Love of Reading--Become a Volunteer Preschool Story Reader!

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Oakland Public Library - Main Library

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Do you love reading to kids, and want to foster a lifelong love of books and reading in the children of Oakland? Join our dedicated team of Books for Wider Horizons volunteers!

Books for Wider Horizons, a project of the Oakland Public Library, is a program that recruits, trains, and places volunteer story readers in preschools throughout the City of Oakland. The goal of the program is to extend the reach of the library, introducing children to the pleasure of stories, books, and reading.

To prepare story readers for their volunteer assignments, we offer a once-a-year training series each fall. Once the training is complete, the volunteer is placed in a carefully selected preschool center where he/she will present a 20-25 minute story time once a week, during school hours. Volunteers must attend all seven training sessions and agree to volunteer for six months as a story reader in one of our centers.

2019 Preschool Story Reader Training Dates (volunteers must attend all seven dates)

Wednesday, September 11, 6-8 pm

Thursday, September 12, 6-8 pm

Wednesday, September 18, 6-8 pm

Thursday, September 19, 6-8 pm

Wednesday, September 25, 6-8 pm

Thursday, September 26, 6-8 pm

Saturday, September 28, 10 am-5 pm

All trainings take place at the Rockridge Branch Library at 5366 College Avenue.

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Pre-registration for the training is necessary. All trainings take place at the Rockridge Branch Library at 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618.

If you are interested in our program or have any questions, we would love to hear from you!

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Children & Youth Education & Literacy


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All throughout OaklandOakland, CA 94612



  • Literacy / Reading


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 20-25 minutes/week storytime, 6-month commitment
  • TB tests, vaccines, fingerprinting for some preschool sites

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