Enthusiastic volunteers needed for record breakers summer reading challenge 2015

Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015
Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015

Milton Keynes Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 13 to 25 to get involved with the record breakers summer reading challenge.

Young people who have a passion for reading and who enjoy meeting new people are encouraged to sign up.

Schools and colleges in Milton Keynes are also encouraged to promote this volunteering opportunity to their students.

During the summer holidays, Milton Keynes Libraries can be particularly busy and last year, 45 volunteers and over 2,900 children took part. This year’s theme of Record Breakers will inspire children in Milton Keynes to learn about and celebrate achievements and personal bests, collecting stickers along the way. Volunteers will act as reading role models for the children, sign them up to the challenge, track their progress, hand out incentives, help them find their next book and most importantly, speak with them about what they have been reading.

Paul Sanders, Assistant Director, Community Facilities, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always popular amongst children in Milton Keynes and every year more children participate.

“It is an opportunity to encourage reading during the long summer break from school and we are looking for committed volunteers who enjoy working with children and who want to make a difference in their community.”

Days, times and even locations are flexible but volunteers are needed in all of the nine libraries across Milton Keynes.

Potential volunteers will be interviewed and there will be a group induction evening before the summer holidays to tell successful applicants more about the role.

One previous participant, Max, said, “I really enjoyed helping young readers in Bletchley Library and the experience helped me in my UCAS and job applications”.

If you or a young person you know would like to get involved, sign up by Monday, June 29 online at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/src or for more information, ask in any library.