Norfolk Library and Information Service work with volunteers to enhance and support the activities which we run. We are happy to work with young volunteers as we realise that volunteering can be a brilliant way for young people to demonstrate skills in a more formal setting and to explore their interests in new and exciting ways.

One of the main roles that young people find really rewarding is supporting the Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging children to read more.

Research shows that the Summer Reading Challenge improves Children’s confidence and sends them back to school fired up and ready to learn. It is now the UK’s biggest promotion of Children’s Reading.

Volunteers needed to help with Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge

Are you aged between 13 – 25? Then Norfolk libraries need your help this summer. We are looking for volunteers to help with our Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge that will take place at libraries across Norfolk. Volunteering sessions take place between the end of June and beginning of September, during the school holidays. We ask for a commitment of 2 hours per week although there can be scope to do more, depending on the activities which are running at your library.

Young volunteers are vital to supporting the Summer Reading Challenge within libraries. In Norfolk libraries we work with young volunteers to ensure that children taking part are encouraged to keep their reading skills up during the holidays.

Challenge Champions volunteer alongside library staff to do the following:

  • Register young readers for the challenge
  • Talk to children about reading and what the challenge involves
  • Help children to select books by sharing reading recommendations
  • Work with staff to prepare activities
  • Use creative skills to assist with craft activities and preparing displays

Reading Hack allows volunteers to use their strongest skills and vary the core Challenge Champion role. As a Reading Hack volunteer, young people can get involved with activities such as:

  • Setting up a reading group for young people
  • Producing content to share on social media such as book reviews, reading recommendations and reports on what is happening within their library
  • Holding a regular storytelling session
  • Helping with activities taking place within the library

For more information on Reading Hack visit: www.readinghack.org.uk

If you are interested in helping out this summer, speak to staff at your local library or e-mail volunteercontact@norfolk.gov.uk to request an application pack.

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