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Volunteer Opportunities

Pleasanton Public Library welcomes and encourages volunteers.
There are no waiting lists for volunteers, just waiting lists for those that need them.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

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

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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.

Members of the Friends volunteer team shelve children's books, videos & CD's; mend books, process and shelve magazines; and serve as docents for our genealogy collection.

Contact: Nancy Bering (925) 462-4368.

Pleasanton Reads Project


Pleasanton Reads depends on volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in both basic literacy and English as a second language 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 free of charge.

Contact:  Penny Johnson at (925) 931-3405 or

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

Booklegger Program

The Booklegger Program is a volunteer opportunity for adults who love to read and enjoy children.

Bookleggers take library books into the public schools in Pleasanton, from kindergarten through grade eight, reading picture books, booktalking novels, demonstrating craft books and science experiments and encouraging children to read.

Booklegger training classes are offered twice yearly.

Contact: Chris Spitzel at (925) 931-3400, ext. 26 or



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