Here Come the Bookleggers!

 Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteers Wanted: The Bookleggers are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting independent reading by children. They do this by visiting classrooms, and introducing books that kids simply can't resist. Not just any books are used... these books that are chosen by the Booklegger Steering Committee are the gems, the best of the best, the well-written yet exciting adventures, suspenseful mysteries, hilarious comedies and eye-popping non-fiction. Volunteers are needed for Booklegger programs in Fremont and Castro Valley.

Booklegger volunteers literally come from all over the globe, and from every background imaginable. They have in their ranks a pizza maker, an accountant, several retired teachers, librarians, an editor, a computer engineer, a dental hygienist, a BART engineer, an ex-KrazyGlue salesperson, moms, dads and grandparents. All have in common a great love of bringing books and children together.

Training sessions are held once or twice a year to introduce new volunteers to booktalking, reading aloud, and storytelling skills. Volunteers then take their show on the road in elementary school classrooms in Fremont or Castro Valley.

The gift of the love of reading is such an important one. Overwhelming statistics indicate that illiteracy is a great problem, not only in children but also in adults. The surest cure to adult illiteracy is to instill the love of books in the child, and that's where the Booklegger Project can make a difference. Booklegger books are checked out 3 times more frequently than those not booktalked - obviously the message is getting through!

Children in Fremont and Castro Valley have elevated Bookleggers to near folk-heroine (and hero!) status, can point them out on the streets and can recount their booktalks to friend and parents. Please contact the Fremont Main Library or Castro Valley Library for more information about this award-winning program and to sign up for the next training session.

Fremont Main Library Booklegger Program

Elizabeth Gamell



Castro Valley Booklegger Program

Chris Selig



Fremont Main Library Phone