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Summer Reading Challenge

also known as: Activities for Children, Books for Children Under 12, Events for Children, Summer Reading Challenge Libraries.

Northumberland Libraries are now recruiting for Volunteers to help in this years Summer Reading Challenge!

Volunteer Opportunities - Summer Reading Challenge

You still have time to apply to be a volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge this year!

Northumberland Libraries are looking for volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Challenge.

  • Volunteering roles are open to young people aged 14- 24 years old.
  • You will have the opportunity to volunteer at different libraries across Northumberland!
  • Make new friends, have fun and make a difference.
  • Boost your CV for work or college.
  • Volunteers are needed from June- September.
  • You can give from 10 hours to 100+ hours.


Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers


You could take on one of three roles or even a combination of them:


Be a Summer Reading Challenge Reading Champion

Reading Champions can do a variety of jobs including:

  • Help staff to administer the Challenge.
  • Talk to children about the books they’ve been reading.
  • Help children choose new books.
  • Help with summer activities.
  • Help to create in-library displays.
  • Help children to use the Summer Reading Challenge website.
  • Use activity sheets and other ideas to help children share their reading choices with their peers.


Be a Summer Reading Challenge Ambassadors

Ambassadors promote and advocate the Summer Reading Challenge in schools and other community settings during the school summer term. Encouraging children to take part in the challenge, the role includes:

  • Going into schools with presentations about the Challenge
  • Working with children in school to promote the Challenge to their peers
  • Volunteering for the Challenge (as above).


Be a Summer Reading Challenge Reporters

Reporters are volunteers with an interest in gaining media and journalism skills. They help promote the Challenge online and profile their library’s work. The role includes:

  • Taking photos and video footage (signed consent forms required for any children featured)
  • Writing reviews of activities and events
  • Promoting the Challenge via blogging, photos and news items
  • Doing interviews for radio/TV
  • Volunteering for the Challenge (as above)



For further information on volunteering or to volunteer please contact:

Diane Wright

Senior Librarian: Children and Young People

Tel: 01670 620188



Not Sure what the Summer Reading Challenge is?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children aged 4 -11 years sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way.  Libraries hold activities and events throughout the summer.  To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge visit the website by clicking here.


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