Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers 2017

Warwickshire Libraries are once again recruiting a team of young adult volunteers to encourage children aged four to 11 undertaking the Summer Reading Challenge.

Reading levels among children can dip during the summer holidays so every year the national Summer Reading Challenge takes place in libraries to offer them a fun way to keep reading during the six-week break.

The theme of the Challenge this year is ‘Animal Agents,’ illustrated by Tony Ross.

Volunteers, aged 13- to-19, can get involved by inspiring children to sign up, enjoy reading and complete the Challenge. Volunteers will talk to children about what they have read, help them choose books and assist with events in the library. They will also help families enjoy the experience of visiting libraries.

Volunteers need to give 10 to 15 hours of their time in a participating library over the summer holidays and will develop their own skills in communication, teamwork and marketing.

Stella Thebridge, Principal Librarian: Schools & Reading, said:

“Every year the Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for young children to use their time constructively in the long summer holidays.

“We are very grateful to all our teenage volunteers who give up their time to share their love of reading with the younger children and help them complete the challenge.”

Amy Merriott, Librarian: Reader Development, added:

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun and free way for families to enjoy books throughout the summer. It helps prevent a summer reading dip in children’s literacy levels during the long break from school and encourages a love of reading which will hopefully last their whole lives long.”

If you are aged 13-19 and want to share your enthusiasm for reading with others please go to for more information and to sign up.

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