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Celebrating our Bookstore Volunteers

The Bookmark Bookstore, the bustling little bookshop at 721 Washington St in Old Oakland, is a treasured local establishment that has been operating for over 30 years, thanks to the generous support of our volunteers.

Each week, upwards of 50 volunteers take shifts in the store to help receive, unpack and price donations; shelve new books and cull old stock; keep sections alphabetized; help with general store upkeep; sign up new FOPL members; and ring up sales.

The store closed to the public for half the day on May 13 for a special Volunteer Appreciation Event. Participants ranged from volunteers who just started in the past month to those who have been volunteering for more than 20 years. Members of the FOPL Board, Oakland Public Library leadership, the FOPL Bookstore Committee also stopped by to say their thanks.

It was the first time we were able to host this annual tradition since before the pandemic. For many volunteers, it was a first opportunity to meet many of their colleagues who serve on different shifts. For the many volunteers who just joined in the past year, it was also their first opportunity to interact with the Board and Library leadership.

It was a wonderful day to gather with this special group of individuals and share our gratitude for the time, energy and ideas they contribute to help make our bookstore and the important work of the Friends of the OPL possible. Thank you, volunteers!

To learn more about volunteering at the Bookmark Bookstore, visit or email


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