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Volunteer Opportunities

The Pleasanton Public Library welcomes and encourages volunteers.
We have a lot of different opportunities for you.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Coach Reading or English Skills


The Pleasanton Reads Project depends on volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in both basic literacy and English as a second language (ESL) to residents over 18 who are struggling with reading and writing.  Library staff train adult volunteers and then pair them with a student.  Students and tutors usually meet once per week for 1-2 hours at a mutually convenient time and place. Tutoring and all necessary materials are provided free of charge.

To volunteer for the Pleasanton Reads Project contact: 

Penny Johnson (925) 931-3405 or


Encouraging Kids to Read

The Booklegger Program is a volunteer opportunity for adults who love to read and enjoy children. Bookleggers take library books into the Pleasanton K-8 public school classrooms. Bookleggers read picture books, booktalk novels, demonstrate craft books and science experiments and encourag children to read.

Booklegger training classes are offered twice yearly.

To volunteer for the Booklegger Program contact:

Chris Spitzel (925) 931-3426 or


Teach Adults Work Skills

Are you an HR expert, a great teacher of Excel or other work related software, a PR consultant or any other skilled professional? Give back by teaching the public one on one or in classes (your choice.) If you would like to share your knowledge, contact:

Merry Luskin (925) 931-3400 or


Support the Friends of the Library and Their Booksale

The Friends of the Pleasanton Library is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to support the Library and to supplement Library services and materials.

Buy Books from the Friends of the Library at Amazon.

The Friends have a year round magazine and paperback book sale in the Library and have two major book sales a year. The Friends are always looking for volunteers to sort, set-up, and run the book sales and to sort and restock magazines and paperbacks year round.


Other Opportunities

Shelving or mending books, processing magazine, genealogy docents, and lots of other options. We may have short or long-term jobs for adult volunteers. Just contact Nancy Bering (925) 462-4368 and share your availability and interests.


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Information Meetings

Teens in high school may volunteer at the Library at various times of the year.
Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, teens may help out with the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

From May through July, teens support the Children's Summer Reading Program by creating decorations, ushering at larger programs or working with Kid-Power volunteers on game-day.

Students (not parents please) will need to visit the blog: to find out when new volunteer training dates are available BEFORE they e-mail Teresa Parham at



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