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Could you be a Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer in Southend Libraries?

Published Friday, 18th May 2018

Summer Reading Challenge in pink and orange

All libraries in Southend are looking for volunteers aged 14 and above (there is no upper age limit) to help children keep reading in the summer holidays for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteers will help library staff to sign children up to the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about their books, encouraging them to complete the challenge.

Anne Bonham, Strategy and Development Manager, Southend-on-Sea Library and Museum Service, said: “Last year we had 80 fantastic volunteers completing 1769 hours in 6 libraries, helping staff deliver another hugely successful Summer Reading Challenge.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to help their local community by encouraging children to improve their literacy skills. Volunteers gain valuable work experience and enjoy taking part too. It’s also great for the CV.”

Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of 18 hours from Saturday 21 July to Saturday 1 September.

Applications are done via an easy to use online form on the Essex Libraries website in the Volunteering with Libraries section. The closing date for applications is Sunday 10 June.

The national Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in all Southend Libraries. Last year over 2,900 children took part in the challenge by reading books to gain rewards. This year’s challenge is called Mischief Makers.

For more information about becoming a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, please email the Library Development Team.