Volunteer for a Summer of Reading

Somerset’s libraries are looking for book-loving volunteers to support this year’s animal-themed Summer Reading Challenge.

Organised by The Reading Agency nationally, it’s an annual event which gives children access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure when schools are out for the summer.

Last year, over 100 volunteers in Somerset Libraries spoke to more than 7,000 children aged 4 to 11 years to keep them reading during the long summer holiday.

This year’s theme is ‘Animal Agents’ and volunteers are again needed to support the initiative. You need to be aged 13 or over, have an interest in reading and be able to give up spare time over the summer holidays (between 15 July and 16 September – or for some of this period).

Their role is to encourage children to read at least six books of their choice over the summer holiday and collect cards along the way. As well as talking to children about what they are reading, volunteers will help them choose books to read, join in with craft and story time sessions, help create displays and many other fun activities.

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council, said: “This is a fun and enjoyable volunteering opportunity and people of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Many young people volunteer to gain work experience, enhance their CV and make new friends, whilst others do it to share their love of reading with a younger generation. I encourage you to sign up and take part in this exciting summer of activity.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is a key reading activity that introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.

For more information and an application form, visit your local library or go to http://www.somersetvolunteer.co.uk . Applicants will be invited to an informal chat during May and June 2017 to assess their suitability for the role. Apply early as spaces are limited.