Your Library Needs you! Apply to become a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Southend Libraries are once again looking for volunteers to help keep children reading throughout the summer holidays for the Summer Reading Challenge.

A close up of a child reading a book.

The national Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year across all Southend Libraries and last year saw over 2,000 children take part by reading books to gain rewards. The theme for this year’s challenge is: ‘Ready, Set, Read!’

Southend Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and above to help library staff sign children up to the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about their books, encouraging them to complete the challenge.

Mark Harvey, executive director for adults and communities, said: “We are encouraging people to become a volunteer in libraries across the City to help staff deliver the Summer Reading Challenge.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to help their local community by encouraging children to improve their literacy skills. Volunteers gain valuable work experience and get the chance to meet new people and enhance their communication skills. Volunteering also looks great on your CV!”

Volunteers should be able to commit to around 48 hours across the six-week summer holidays from Saturday 22 July to Saturday 2 September.

Applications are now open and will close on Saturday 1 July. Application forms can be picked up from your local library, or by request from:

For more information about becoming a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, please email

Published: 30th March 2023

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