Books for Wider Horizons - Taking Storytimes to Young Children

Be a rock star to Oakland children. Volunteer for Books for Wider Horizons.

"She is fantastic. She brings every story to life. The children just love her storytelling...The staff loves her as well."

"Our reader is amazing. She ranks as one of the top five activities for students and teachers. We love her stories, songs, enthusiasm, and calm. Thank you for bringing her into our lives!"

"He is an excellent storyteller. The children, staff, and parents love him. He is unique in his own way."

These are just some of the reactions we received from the teachers of the preschool classes that our Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) volunteers read to this past school year. These 67 BWH volunteers are changing the lives of Oakland children, one week at a time.

If you want to be a hero in a child's life and are interested in volunteering for BWH, please call our coordinator, Rochelle Venuto, at (510) 238-7453. She will be happy to sign you up. 

We hold one training session a year, in the fall. Just spend six evenings and one full day with us, and you too could be touching children's lives by sharing your delight in language, music, and literature. Here's the training schedule for this fall:

  • Wednesday, October 4, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 5, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 12, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 18, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 19, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 28, 10:00am-5:00pm 

Most people think the training commitment is a little excessive when they start, but by the end they agree that we pack a lot of information into each one of those evenings.

Our goal is for you to be prepared to be the rock star you will be for these children.  

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