How to Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the My Own Book Program. During the 2016-17 school year 62 volunteers organized more than 200 bookstore visits in all five boroughs for 5500 kids from 58 inner-city schools!

Volunteer for My Own Book helping girl at bookstore

Volunteers coordinate with the teachers, school administrators and designated Barnes & Noble stores to make all arrangements for the bookstore fieldtrip. They meet with children in advance to talk to them about how a bookstore works; they accompany them on the field trip; and they organize follow-up visits to each participating classroom to give children the chance share their experiences with the books that they have selected. Typically, the teacher creates lesson plans to provide an opportunity for kids to show off their new books with book reports, readings and special presentations. The children explore the importance of owning their books as a continuing adventure in their love of learning and reading.

Our volunteers all say that the follow-up visit, usually accompanied by “Thank You” notes written by the kids, is when the connection between My Own Book and the children’s enthusiasm for reading comes alive.

Volunteer for My Own Book Today!

We invite new volunteers to join the My Own Book Program. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have questions about our volunteer activities, we would be happy to hear from you. Click here to contact us