Young volunteers needed for libraries summer challenge

Published Monday, 5th June 2017
Sign up now for the libraries Summer Reading Challenge
Sign up now for the libraries Summer Reading Challenge

Calling on young people to help run the number one detective agency in libraries this summer!

If you’re aged between 13 to 24 years and have some spare time on your hands over the summer break, you could support Rotherham libraries with their 2017 summer reading challenge.

Enthusiastic young volunteers are needed to help with this year's national challenge “Animal Agents”, which is a detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals.

As a young person, would you like to meet new friends, build your confidence and gain valuable skills for the future?

If so you could help young children - each year Rotherham Library Service challenges children to read six books over the summer holidays in a national reading initiative.

Last year’s challenge saw an amazing 804,647 children take part with over 1,860 joining in from Rotherham, helped by nearly 20 young volunteers.

Could you offer two hours a week at your local library over the summer holidays?

The challenge will take place during the school summer holidays in libraries across the borough, with registration of children aged 4 to 12 years starting from Saturday 15 July.

Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Polly Hamilton said: “We encourage young people to give some of their time at a local library by registering. As part of the summer reading challenge the volunteers will talk to the children about the books they have read over the summer.

“Young people who take part will gain valuable personal development and gain experience in assisting and interacting with children as part of the fun activities.”

Volunteers will also help to prepare and assist with the running of children’s craft activities which take place in libraries every week over the six weeks holiday.

The closing date for applications is 16 June for anyone over the age of 16. However any young people aged between 13 to 15 years are welcome to volunteer at any time.

For more information and details about applying call in person to your local Library or:

Go to the libraries webpage