Books for Wider Horizons Seeks Volunteers
Books for Wider Horizons, an outreach literacy endeavor coordinated by the Oakland Public Library, is seeking volunteers. MLIS students often find this volunteer work especially rewarding, and it is a great thing to put on your resumè. As their website describes: “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.”
“Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. After completing our training series (which takes place over six evenings and one full Saturday), our volunteers read aloud to children in partnering preschools throughout Oakland. Each volunteer does a weekly 20-25 minute storytime at an assigned preschool. Storytimes take place during school hours (weekdays, generally 9 am-3 pm).”
The next set of training dates is set for October 2-20, 2018 at the Rockridge Branch in Oakland. For information about the training, please check out: http://oaklandlibrary.org/kids/welcome-teachers/books-wider-horizons.