Become a Volunteer Story Reader
Books for Wider Horizons offers a unique volunteer opportunity: to read aloud to children at partnering preschool centers throughout Oakland. Volunteers present a 30-minute weekly storytime to children ages 3, 4, and 5 at partnering preschool sites around Oakland. Storytime introduces children to the pleasure of stories and creates excitement about books and reading.
The free training begins in October and there are seven mandatory sessions to attend. In these sessions, participants learn how to select and share wonderful books, and present engaging storytimes. All trainings take place at the Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue. You must call to register.
Please note that the class size will be limited and the training will fill up quickly so please be sure you can fulfill all the commitments below before signing up.
Training Schedule for Fall 2012
- Tuesday, October 23, 6 to 8:15pm
- Wednesday, October 24, 6 to 8:15pm
- Thursday, October 25, 6 to 8:15pm
- Monday, November 5, 6 to 8:15pm
- Wednesday, November 7, 6 to 8:15pm
- Thursday, November 8, 6 to 8:15pm
- Saturday, November 10, 9am to 12:30 or 1:30 to 5pm or Wednesday, November 14 5 to 8:30pm
Saturday, November 10 and Wednesday, November 14 are graduation days; participants will choose one of these three 3.5 hour classes to attend.
Participants must all all seven classes to become a BWH story reader.
Upon completion of the training, each participant agrees to prepare and present a weekly storytime at a partnering preschool site and commit for 6 months.
Please call Books for Wider Horizons at (510) 238-7453 for more information or to sign up!
Bilingual readers needed
Do you also speak...Spanish? Mandarin? Tagalog? Cambodian? Another language? Bilingual readers are especially need!