Volunteer Training for Oakland Head Start Story Readers Starts October 22

Release Date: 
Wed, 08/28/2013

Have you always dreamt of reading stories to children? Do you sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in the shower? Do children’s smiles mean more to you than ice cream? Then you might be a candidate for our volunteer program – Books for Wider Horizons. We are a cadre of adults who share our love of reading and language with children all over Oakland once a week.

If you want to join us as we celebrate reading, singing, and storytelling at Head Starts, Child Development Centers, and other Oakland pre-school activity centers, you can attend our annual training sessions. The fun begins at the end of October. Please call in advance to secure your spot in the training. You will need to attend all seven sessions to complete the course and be placed at a preschool.


Tuesday, October 22                6 – 8:15 PM    

Wednesday, October 23           6 – 8:15 PM 

Thursday, October 24              6 – 8:15 PM    

Wednesday, November 6          6 – 8:15 PM 

Thursday, November 7             6 – 8:15 PM

Friday, November 8                 6 – 8:15 PM

*Saturday, November 16          *9 AM – 12:30 PM

*Saturday, November 16 is Graduation Day. Please plan to stay the entire time.            

WHERE:  All trainings take place at the Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue  in Oakland.

For information, please contact Celia Jackson, Books for Wider Horizons Coordinator, at 238-7453 or CJackson@oaklandlibrary.org.

The Oakland Public Library is participating in Oakland Reads 2020, an ambitious citywide effort to dramatically increase the number of Oakland students reading successfully by the end of 3rd grade by the year 2020. The Library’s services to children directly align with the goals of the initiative in three areas: Summer Learning, Kindergarten Readiness, and Family Engagement. To learn more visit www.oaklandreads.org or contact Community Relations Librarian Sharon McKellar at 510-238-3513 or smckellar@oaklandlibrary.org.

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