"It's been a truly fantastic opportunity. I've had the chance to work closely with children - something I've never really done before, at any level. There's something great about seeing their eyes light up when you've read and enjoyed a book that they love too. You just don't get to have that kind of interaction anywhere else. Rest assured, I'll be back next year!"
The number of volunteers helping with the Summer Reading Challenge increased dramatically this year, with 5761 volunteers helping in 137 library authorities.
Key 2012 achievements
5761 volunteers helped in 68% of library authorities. Of these, 4382 were young people aged 11-24 - a 49% increase on the number involved in 2011
97% of the young people involved in volunteering gained new skills and experience
Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays while Chatterbooks reading groups help build a lifelong reading habit. Because everything changes when we read.