What Volunteers Do:

Volunteers read stories to children, ages 0-8 years, who visit the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA and the Glenn Dyer Jail in Oakland, CA on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (both jails) and 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Glenn Dyer Jail only)

Volunteers also supervise distribution of books to children who visit the jail. We are asking for a minimum time commitment of 2 hours/week (but are, of course, grateful for any time you can offer.)


  • Each child visiting the Santa Rita Jail or Glenn Dyer Jail receives a free book to take home, so it is very helpful that you have some interest in and basic knowledge of children’s literature.
  • Each volunteer will be required to complete a “Site Security Clearance” form, which is a basic, Sheriff’s Department required check of any active wants or warrants. Remember that Santa Rita and Glenn Dyer are… jails!
  • We welcome youth volunteers, but please note that all volunteers under the age of 18 will be required to have a “Parental Permission Slip” signed by a parent or guardian and on file with our program before they begin volunteering.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact us! Please note in your message to us that you are interested in Start with a Story or SWAS.

Thank you!






Alameda County Library, 2450 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA  94538