Bergen Reads

Bergen Reads mission is to inspire low level readers in grades K-4 with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success.


Beth Figman  |  Director of Volunteer Services  |  |  201-820-3947


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Volunteer Hours 2016 - 2017


Who We Are

The Bergen Reads literacy program is part of a nationwide effort to help public elementary school students enjoy reading and improve their reading skills in a comfortable and friendly environment. This year we have over 150 volunteers working with more than 350 students each week in the Hackensack and Teaneck public schools.

What We Do

Bergen Read's trained adult volunteer “Reading Buddies” act as mentors, advocates and role models, going into schools for weekly one-on-one reading sessions with their preK-4 students, November through June. Reading Buddies work in the public elementary schools in Hackensack and Teaneck.

Become a Reading Buddy

If you’d like to become a Reading Buddy and have one hour a week to spare during the school day, contact us, 201-820-3947 or and we will work to place you in one of our participating schools. No prior experience is necessary – we will provide you with training.

Nook Initiative

Our NOOKs™ in Schools program enables our Reading Buddies and teachers at several participating schools to enhance reading sessions with students using NOOK eReaders. Language and phonics apps along with ebooks and nonfiction magazines are available for exploration.


Q: Which schools participate in this program?

A: Bergen Reads serves nine public elementary schools, five in Teaneck and four in Hackensack.

Q: Where/when do I meet with my assigned students?

A: Volunteers meet with students at their schools at an assigned time during the school day. (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: Each volunteer commits to a minimum of one hour per week. Volunteers, who choose to do so, may commit to more if we have a need to place more students.

Support Our Book Centerpieces Program

Celebrate your special occasion while supporting Bergen Reads. Rent inviting book centerpieces and/or bima baskets custom designed by Life O the Party and personalize them with ribbons of your color choice; add balloons and other decorations as you like. Each centerpiece comes on a mirrored base with a decorative bookmark attached to explain your donation. Order your Bima Baskets / Book Centerpieces today!

Please support the efforts of Bergen Reads in Hackensack and Teaneck public elementary schools with a donation. Email to make your donation. Thank you!