Hampshire County Council decided to involve more young people in this year's Summer Reading Challenge than ever before. They have worked with volunteers around the county on a variety of projects but one of the most exciting and successful has been with year 9 pupils at Romsey School.
These pupils put together an original play based on the Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze theme to encourage children to sign up to the challenge.
They performed the play to three schools in assemblies and the response was fantastic.
Jan Hughes from the Library Outreach Team said, "They performed these assemblies brilliantly and we had children dashing along to the library to join up!"
Eight out of the ten volunteers went on to have training in the library so they could volunteer throughout the summer, helping with creative workshops, talking to children about their reading and handing out incentives and stickers.
The library benefited from having enthusiastic young people involved in promoting and running the challenge, and the young volunteers got a lot from the experience too.
"It was a really enjoyable experience! I loved being a part of something that would help promote reading to the younger pupils and as a fellow bookworm I feel it has really encouraged them to pick up a book (or several!!) this summer!" Izzy, Year 9 pupil.
We'd love to hear more stories about how you've involved young volunteers in this year's Summer Reading Challenge. Contact Kathleen Ktorides and share your story.