Reading Hack volunteering for 14 - 24 year olds

Reading Hack is a national programme led by young people aged 14 to 24 who do activities and volunteering to gain skills and experience and to inspire others to read.

 

What will I be doing?

Chatterbooks Reading Hack

In this role you can:

  • Encourage children to talk about what they have been reading
  • Become a reading role model
  • Help children find books they will enjoy reading
  • Help to set up and prepare the materials for Chatterbooks sessions
  • Support children with a wide range of activities

You will gain:

  • Experience of working with children
  • Knowledge of children’s reading habits and children’s literature
  • Satisfaction from being a children’s role model
  • Increased confidence
  • Experience of helping organise and run group sessions

Promotions  Reading Hack

In this role you can:

  • Create eye-catching library displays to highlight different areas of stock, up-coming events, etc.
  • Talk to people in the library and at outreach events about the different things on offer at Hertfordshire Libraries
  • Work with other young volunteers to create publicity posters for library events
  • Use social media to promote library events, share book recommendations, etc.
  • Encourage other young people to get involved in library events and talk to them about Reading Hack

You will gain:

  • Communication skills using different media
  • Opportunities to be creative
  • Increased confidence
  • Experience of working with the public
  • Experience of teamwork
  • Satisfaction from inspiring people to read

Events Hack

In this role you can:

  • Help to organise activities in the library such as story times and author visits
  • Help to set up equipment before an event and put it away afterwards
  • Welcome people to library events and direct them to their seats
  • Look after special visitors to the library such as authors and illustrators
  • Serve refreshments
  • Demonstrate, and help the public to take part in, different activities
  • Chat to the public about the event and your role as a Reading Hack volunteer

You will gain:

  • Experience of working with the public
  • Experience of teamwork
  • Increased confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Experience of helping to organise and run events

Young Librarian Reading Hack

In this role you can:

  • Tidy and organise different areas of the library to encourage customers to read and borrow books
  • Shelve new and returned library stock
  • Find books to satisfy customer requests
  • Help customers to use the library

You will gain:

  • Increased confidence from doing something new
  • Experience of a range of library work
  • Satisfaction from seeing the difference your effort makes
  • Increased knowledge of literature and the public’s reading habits
  • Experience of working with the public

This is suitable for young people working towards Duke of Edinburgh award.

Summer Reading Challenge Reading Hack


In this role you can:

  • Tell children and their families about the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Sign children up  to the challenge
  • Encourage children to talk about what they have been reading
  • Give out rewards
  • Help at presentation ceremonies

You will gain:

  • Experience of working with children and families
  • Knowledge of children’s reading habits and children’s literature
  • Satisfaction from inspiring children to keep reading
  • Increased confidence
  • Experience of  helping organise and run presentation ceremonies

Please be aware that places for some roles are limited and not all opportunities are available in every library.

What skills and qualities do I need?

  • Outgoing and friendly manner.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Interest in libraries and reading.

When will I be needed?

  • You can volunteer at times and days to suit you within library opening hours.
  • This can be mornings, afternoons or weekends.
  • Some roles, such as Chatterbooks, are only available during set hours.

Where will I be located?

  • Roles are available at libraries across Hertfordshire.
  • Ask at your local library for more information.

How do I find out more?

Visit the national Reading Hack website.

Email: readinghack@hertfordshire.gov.uk
or
Apply now