Love Reading? Then volunteer!

Volunteers are needed to pass on their love of reading to younger generations in this year’s animal-themed Summer Reading Challenge, taking place in all Somerset libraries.

Volunteers need to be aged 13 and over, have an interest in reading and be able to give up some of their spare time over the summer holidays (between 15 July and 16 September).

Last year over 7,000 children aged 4 to 11 took part in the Summer Reading Challenge which encourages children to read for pleasure over the long summer school holidays.

Volunteers are based in libraries and help children read at least six books of their choice over the summer holiday. Once complete, the children receive a collectors’ card for them to treasure.

As well as talking to children about what they are reading, volunteers will help them choose books, join in with craft and story time sessions, help create displays and many other fun activities.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is organised nationally by The Reading Agency and increases in popularity every year. I’d like to offer my thanks to those who have already signed up, but we still need more volunteers to help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Volunteering is a great way to enhance your CV, gain work experience, and make new friends. It’s a great way to share your love of reading with a younger generation. If you have some spare time this summer, please sign up and take part in this exciting summer reading challenge.”

For more information and an application form, visit your local library or go to http://www.somersetvolunteer.co.uk . Applicants will then be invited to an informal chat to discuss the role.

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Notes to editors

  • 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.

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