Would you like to meet new people, develop new skills and have fun too?

Creepy House Logo“I would definitely encourage other young people to volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge, as it has been a rewarding experience for me. I have met new people, developed new skills and also had fun volunteering.
The skills I have obtained have been very useful for getting a job, so I would encourage other people to volunteer to help enhance their own CVs.”
Jodie Carpenter, 21, Dudley [via Reading Agency*]

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©The Reading Agency

The Summer Reading Challenge runs annually for 7 weeks in the summer holidays.  Its purpose is to encourage children aged 3-12 to read through the holidays, however all children aged 0-17 are welcome to join.  This year the theme is ‘Creepy House.’ Children can join adventurers such as Rhys as they explore the Creepy house, simply by reading six books from the library. They can discover the secrets of Creepy house and also meet some of the hair-raising residents!

Last year children in Swindon read a record 12,364 books through the summer as part of the challenge! If you are aged 14 and above,  we really do need your help to:

  • encourage children to enrol on Creepy House.
  • talk to children about the books they’ve read.
  • give out stickers, medals and certificates.

Free training session available. Flexible hours/times – sessions last for 3 hours.

The benefits of volunteering in a library setting are:

  • valuable work experience; especially good for those thinking of a career working with children.
  • counts towards accreditation for CVs, UCAS applications etc., e.g. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Arts Award.
  • a reference for employment.
  • the opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, employment opportunities and literacy skills.
  • the opportunity to make a positive contribution to your community.
  • a chance to make new friends.

‘Creepy House’ runs from 20th July to 7th September.

Closing date for volunteers is Friday 21st June.

For more information and to apply ask at your local library or e-mail: libraryvolunteers@swindon.gov.uk

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©The Reading Agency

*Taken from: Summer Reading Challenge 2013 – Involving Young Volunteers