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ORGANIZATION: Oakland Public Library-Books for Wider Horizons

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Books for Wider Horizons is a program that recruits, trains, and places volunteer story readers in preschool or childcare centers throughout the City of Oakland. Originally a partnership between the Oakland Public Library and the City's Youth Services, this program began in 1994 and has provided weekly story reading by volunteer readers to all Oakland Head Start Centers.

Supporting early literacy development and nurturing the lifelong love of reading for young children has been a major service goal for Oakland Public Library Children's Services. The Books for Wider Horizons volunteer readers support this goal by providing weekly reading experience to thousands of young children in Oakland.

Our volunteer readers come from all backgrounds and age groups, from students and seniors to professionals on their lunch breaks. Bilingual readers are able to provide multi-lingual storytime experience and also provide the needed language support at many centers where children speak English as a second language.

For more information or to pre-register for the training, please complete this short questionnaire:,email Zully Batres at, or call (510) 238-7453.

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About Oakland Public Library-Books for Wider Horizons


124 14th Streed, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

The Oakland Public Library informs, inspires and delights our diverse community as a resource for information, knowledge, and artistic and literary expression, providing the best in traditional services, new technologies and innovative programs.


The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland, and has been in existence since 1878. Our locations currently include 16 branches, a Main Library, 6 Teen Zones, the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, a Tool Lending Library and the African-American Museum and Library. We also operate the Books for Wider Horizons program that recruits, trains, and places volunteer story readers in preschool or childcare centers throughout the City of Oakland, and offer many other special services for residents of Oakland and California.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Oakland, CA 94612



  • Literacy / Reading




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for a 6-month commitment from our volunteers--the idea is that you will get to know a classroom of kids and their teachers, and develop a relationship with them. As you get to know the kids, you will see how excited they are to have you visit
  • Volunteers must attend training

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