Young people invited to boost CVs

Somerset Library Service is once again offering young people the chance to boost their CVs with a volunteering opportunity over the school summer holidays.

During July and August each year, over 7,000 children visit Somerset’s libraries to join in with the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children aged 4-11 to read six books during the long summer holidays.

The volunteers are needed to work with the library staff to help children improve their literacy skills while having fun.  Volunteers could find themselves involved in any number of things from registering children, to helping to organise story and craft sessions.

As well as boosting their CVs, the young people will receive a T-shirt, as well as other goodies, and be invited to a volunteers’ celebration event at the end of the summer.

The offer is open to anyone aged between 13 – 25 years old who has an interest in books and would like to be involved in encouraging children to get into reading.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for young people to work within the community, gain experience of helping children and at the same time give a real boost to their CVs to help them with their future careers.”

Sue Crowley, Strategic Manager for Somerset Library Service, said: “Somerset Library Service had its most successful year ever with the Summer Reading Creepy House Challenge in 2013, and we’re looking forward to working with our young people to help even more children discover the joy of reading.”

For more information, please visit: http://readingagency.org.uk/young-people/practitioners-guides/summer-reading-challenge-volunteering.html. Or you can email librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk or call into your nearest library.