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Summer Volunteers Wanted for Lewisham Libraries

5 August 2013

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Lewisham Libraries are looking to create some volunteering opportunities for anyone interested in helping children to improve their reading skills over the summer holidays.

Lewisham Libraries runs a Summer Reading Challenge every year. This is a national scheme which aims to get children into libraries to keep up their reading skills during the long summer holidays. The Challenge invites children aged five to 11 to read six books over the summer. This scheme has been running successfully for over ten years.

We are looking to recruit some volunteers aged 16 and over to help us with the Challenge. We need volunteers to come into one of our libraries for an agreed period of time to talk to the children about their reading and encourage them to complete the Challenge. As well as talking to children about the books they’ve been reading, volunteers might help children choose new books, and assist library staff with summer activities and with book displays.

Helping with the Summer Reading Challenge gives volunteers the opportunity to work creatively on a fun project which they can see will help improve children’s reading. It can provide valuable work experience and the chance to develop confidence and social skills. We are particularly interested in recruiting young people aged 16 to 24 to act as ‘reading champions’ and mentors for children.

If you are interested please contact Josephine Grant (josephine.grant@lewisham.gov.uk) or her colleague Cathy Myers (cathy.myers@lewisham.gov.uk).