Posted: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Do you love to read? Would you like an opportunity to inspire a passion for books in children?
Are you looking for a Summertime challenge that is rewarding and fun?
Then consider volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge in Hertfordshire Libraries. Last year, 400 volunteers signed up to provide support for 20,000 children who took part in the 2016 challenge.
For further information or to register as a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/srcvolunteers
The closing date for applications is Sunday 9 July 2017.
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
This year, libraries are once again expecting thousands of children to flock to take part in ’Animal Agents’, the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.
It's about keeping reading enjoyable. Children are challenged to read six books and talk to library staff or volunteers about them. The children collect stickers and other rewards as they progress through the challenge.
For the thousands of children who complete the challenge, libraries hold presentation ceremonies where they are awarded a medal and certificate.
During July and August volunteers:
• register children for the challenge
• explain to children and their parents how to take part
• encourage children to discuss what they have been reading
• give out rewards
Some volunteers help run presentation ceremonies in September.
Volunteers choose a Hertfordshire library to volunteer at and hours are flexible. A minimum commitment of 12 hours volunteering during the summer is required.
Why should you get involved?
Summer Reading Challenge volunteering is a great opportunity to:
• work with children
• make a difference in your community
• build your confidence – learn to do something new
• gain skills and experience
• be part of the biggest reading initiative in the UK
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