Could you volunteer to take part in Somerset Libraries ‘Summer of Reading’?

Are you aged 13 and above and do you love reading?

Would you like to share your joy of reading with children in Somerset?

Somerset County Council is calling on people to sign up as volunteers for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Last year almost 100 people volunteered with Somerset Libraries to help encourage children to read during the summer holidays, a time when a child’s reading habits typically reduce.

This year’s theme is ‘The Big Friendly Read’ celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl. Volunteers will get involved in lots of activities to help inspire children to read at least six books over the summer holidays. Last year’s volunteers found themselves designing craft activities and creating displays for the library walls as well as the day-to-day work of helping the children to find books. Volunteers will also be responsible for registering children for the Summer Reading Challenge and recording and celebrating their progress with stickers, certificates and medals.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with a responsibility for libraries said; “Somerset has an amazing network of hardworking volunteers and we would love you to come forward and do the same for our libraries this summer. If you have a love and passion for books and reading why not come forward to share that with a younger generation? Your inspiration could be just what that child needs to develop a lifelong love of reading.”

People all over Somerset have been expressing an interest in volunteering, with applications already flooding in.

If you are aged 13+ and would like more information and an application form, visit your local library or go to

The closing date for applications is 10 July.