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Volunteers Wanted: Young People with a Passion for Reading!

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14:20
By John Smith

Wincanton Library and Museum entrance

Somerset County Council is calling on young people to sign up as volunteers for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Last year almost 100 young people volunteered with Somerset Libraries to help encourage children to read during the summer holidays, a time when a child’s reading habit typically reduces. This exciting opportunity is also available at Wincanton Library.

This year’s theme is ‘The Big Friendly Read’, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl. Volunteers will get involved in lots of activities to help inspire children to read at least six books over the summer holidays. Last year’s volunteers found themselves designing craft activities and creating displays for the library walls as well as the day-to-day work of helping the children to find books. Volunteers will also be responsible for registering children for the Summer Reading Challenge, and recording and celebrating their progress with stickers, certificates and medals.

Somerset has an amazing network of hardworking volunteers and we would love you to come forward and do the same for our libraries this summer. If you are a young person with a love and passion for books and reading, why not come forward to share that with a younger generation? Your inspiration could be just what that child needs to develop a lifelong love of reading.

 - Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with a responsibility for Somerset libraries

Young people all over Somerset have been expressing an interest in volunteering, with applications already flooding in. If you are aged 13 to 25 and would like more information and an application form, visit Wincanton Library or go to www.srchallenge.weebly.com. The closing date for applications is 10th July.




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