East & South Notts and Nottingham

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers – Your library needs you!

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers – Your library needs you!

Inspire’s libraries are looking for people who have an enthusiasm for reading, love working with children and are interested in learning new skills to become a volunteer for the forthcoming Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge, produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries runs in all Nottinghamshire libraries.  Children are encouraged to read up to six books of their choice, earning rewards along the way.  It’s a great way to boost children’s literacy skills and enthusiasm for reading during the holidays.


Last summer was the most successful challenge in the county with over 10,600 children taking part and more than 70 volunteers giving up some of their spare time – a total of 1282 hours – to support the campaign and help children discover the pleasure of reading.

Inspire has now formally launched its volunteer search for this coming summer. People have until 19 May to register their interest.  They are looking for people aged 14 upwards, to be able to commit around 12 – 15 hours (averaging 2 – 3 hours a week) between 26 July and 6 September.

The following libraries are recruiting for Summer Reading Challenge volunteers:

Arnold Library, Beeston Library [from August], Bingham Library, Carlton Library, Eastwood Library, Forest Town Library, Hucknall Library, Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, Mansfield Library, Mapperley Library, Newark Library, Retford Library, Southwell Library, Stapleford Library, Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, West Bridgford Library and Worksop Library

Trainee teachers, young people seeking to develop their CV and employability skills and many book lovers within local communities have benefited from the volunteering opportunities in recent years.

The tasks involved are:

  • Sharing enthusiasm for reading by listening and chatting with children about books they read during the challenge
  • Explaining to children and their parents/carer how the challenge works
  • Helping register children for the challenge and handing out stickers and rewards when they complete various progression stages
  • Keeping challenge records up to date by completing and filing registration cards.

Those who are selected to take part will receive full training before starting and colleagues will also be on hand to answer questions.

Benefits include

  • gaining new skills and confidence and experience of working with children,
  • meeting new people and working as part of a team.

Volunteers will also be able to claim for reasonable travel costs to and from the library and will receive a certificate for taking part which will be useful to add to their CV.

Peter Gaw, Chief Executive of Inspire commentred ; “Our Summer Reading Challenge volunteers  work with library staff to help run and promote the Summer Reading Challenge, their enthusiasm and dedication plays a significant role in its ongoing success”.

To find out more or to apply online visit www.inspireculture.org.uk/volunteers .

Alternatively contact Steve Powell

E: [email protected]

T: 07944 428 951 or 0115 8044418

Closing date for application – Friday 19 May 2017