Libraries all around the UK are starting to advertise for Summer Reading Challenge volunteers. So, it's time to get moving, head down to your local library, and sign up.
Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to give something back to your community. You get to work with kids, encouraging them to enjoy reading and you'll pick up some great skills and experience for your personal statement or CV along the way. Still not sure whether it's right for you? Here are five great things about volunteering, that you probably didn't know.
It's not just about reading books
Libraries are full of exciting activities and opportunities. Of course, there are lots of books in a library, but there also computers, activities and people too. If you are good with computers, there might be the opportunity to help children use the Summer Reading Challenge website, or if you enjoy being creative, you might be able to help design and run craft activities. If you think about what you can offer beforehand, it will help you get the most out of your experience.
You'll make new friends
Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends. You'll work along side library staff, other volunteers and the public and there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know these people and build friendships.
You'll have fun!
Summer Reading Challenge volunteers get up to all sorts of amazing things each summer. They put on fantastic events, create wonderful displays, and make their own films, but what we are always most blown away by is how much fun they have, and how many volunteers want to do it all again the following year.
"I loved helping as a volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge. Interaction with members of the public, other volunteers and library staff built up my confidence of speaking to others. I really hope that the other volunteers enjoyed this as much as I did and I am defiantly going to be helping in next years reading challenge." - Jade, Bournemouth.
You'll gain valuable skills
Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge can get you skills that will be useful in the workplace and your life. By helping with tasks such as handing out prizes, talking to children about their books and explaining the Challenge to parents you will gain the kinds of skills potential employers and colleges are looking for.
It will give you the feel good factor
Volunteering for The Summer Reading Challenge is a really rewarding thing to do. Giving something back to the people in your community and helping children enjoy reading is bound to make you feel great. Katy, a volunteer from 2014 explains it perfectly:
"Seeing them smile makes me do the same because even if it's just one child that is like this, it makes you feel like you've done a good job."
If you are interested in becoming a young volunteer for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge, visit your local library or contact us.
If you have volunteered for the Summer Reading Challenge in the past, share your tips with us on twitter using @ReadingHackers or facebook