The Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and we need YOU!

Are you looking for something to do this summer? Want to give back to your community? Do you like reading? Looking for great skills and experience for your personal statement or CV?

If you are aged 14 and above, we really do need your help!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs annually throughout the school summer holidays. It is produced by The Reading Agency, and delivered by libraries.

We will require volunteers for Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017 from 15th July to 2nd September 2017

We would like to invite you to attend our Recruitment Evening. This is a chance for anyone interested in volunteering with Swindon Libraries to find out more information. We discuss available roles for the Summer Reading Challenge and what is involved, explain the application process and provide information about training and the benefits of volunteering with the library service.

We are also looking for people to lead our English Conversation Clubs, help our users with IT, aid our staff with shelving and admin as well as be a part of the Summer Reading Challenge. We will tell you all about these roles at our volunteer recruitment evenings.

Why not come along, have some tea and cake and find out more about being be part of a fantastic team of volunteers this summer!

Closing date for applications for Summer Reading Challenge volunteering is Friday 16th June.

For details of future Volunteer Recruitment Evenings, and to find out more information, go to ‘Volunteer to help your local library’

To view/download the Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer role profile click here:Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer 2017 Role Description

You can also download a volunteer registration form here: Volunteer Registration Form

Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency

What will I get out of volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • valuable work experience; especially good for those thinking of a career working with children.
  • counts towards accreditation for CVs, UCAS applications etc.
  • 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.

What will I be doing as a volunteer?

Encouraging enrolment, talking to children about books they’ve read, giving out stickers, medals, certificates and helping with craft activities and events.

Flexible hours and times to suit & all training will be provided.

PLUS prize draw incentives and an end of event ‘volunteer celebration party’ to say “Thank You!”

Photos © Dale Cherry 2017 for The Reading Agency, with thanks to Newham Council and Calverton Primary School

Comments from previous volunteers when asked what were the best things about volunteering with us, included:

  • “Clear training and easy access to help when needed”
  • “Meeting some hilarious and wonderful people Watching children’s confidence in their reading grow week by week…I felt I was actually doing something productive.”
  • “It has a lovely atmosphere, the staff are kind and helpful. The ability to meet new people and get experience working in the library. But mostly the chance to experience new things.”
  • “Being an ex-teacher I was once again able to talk/listen to children which i enjoyed so much.”
  • “Seeing the enjoyment the children had in telling me about the books they had read and promoting reading as I really enjoy it myself”


If you have any queries and would like to contact us about Summer Reading Challenge Volunteering