Pass on your love of reading

Volunteers are needed this summer to pass their love of reading to Somerset children during this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, taking place across all Somerset Libraries.

Last year, over 7,400 children took part in the challenge in Somerset and this couldn’t have been achieved without the help of volunteers.

Volunteers need to be aged 13 and over, with a love of reading, and able to give up some of their spare time over the summer holidays (between 13th July and 7th September).

Sue Crowley, Strategic Manager for Somerset Library Services at Somerset County Council said: “We are very grateful to the large number of volunteers who step forward each year to support the Summer Reading Challenge. Every year, more and more Somerset children take part and our volunteers really help to make the challenge a great success. If you are interested in taking part this year, please get in touch.”

Volunteers help by signing up children to the Summer Reading Challenge when they come into the library, give out rewards for the books they’ve read, talk to children about the books, help them choose their next one, and help to run craft activities.

Volunteering is a great way to enhance CVs, gain valuable work experience, and meet new people. Being part of the Challenge is also a great way to help the lives of local children by sharing a love of reading and encouraging them to read.

For more information, please visit or drop into your local library for more details.

The closing date for applications is 22 June. Applicants will be invited for an informal chat to assess their suitability for the role.

To check out all Somerset County Council volunteering opportunities – from volunteer driving, helping in a library or supporting Somerset’s outdoor activity centres –click or contact 0300 123 2224 for more information.


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Notes to editors

  • The Summer Reading Challenge engages thousands of children in reading over the long school holidays and gives local communities the opportunity to be part of a national programme that inspires others to read.