Posted: Monday 1st April 2019
Every July and August, libraries across the country fill up with children taking part in The Summer Reading Challenge during their
school holidays. In Hertfordshire last year, well over 20,000 children signed up, and Hertfordshire Library Service is now seeking volunteers to support children during this year’s challenge, Space Chase
. The theme of the challenge this year celebrates 50 years since man first walked on the moon.
To complete the challenge and receive their medal and certificate, children read six library books and share their reading experience by talking with staff and volunteers about the library books they have been reading.
Hertfordshire libraries are looking for volunteers to talk to families about the Space Chase Challenge, sign children up, chat with them about their library books, and celebrate their success by presenting them with medals and certificates at the end of the challenge. It’s a great opportunity to make a positive contribution to your local community and inspire children to keep reading.
We are particularly keen to recruit volunteers aged 14-24, to provide children with reading role models, but we welcome applications from volunteers of all ages.
Volunteering for Space Chase in libraries will give you
- Experience of working with children & families
- Increased knowledge of children’s reading habits and children’s literature
- Experience of helping organise and run events
- Practical skills such as planning and timekeeping
- Satisfaction from making a difference to children’s literacy in their community
- Increased confidence from trying something new
- A sense of pride and achievement
- Valuable work experience, useful for CVs and job applications
- Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge can count towards a vInspired volunteering award and in some circumstances can also be counted towards Duke of Edinburgh volunteering and other local and national schemes
For further information and to register as a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/srcvolunteers from the beginning of April.