Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers 2018

We are looking for volunteers to help support this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

The Library of Birmingham is looking for young volunteers (aged 15 to 24) who love books and reading. There will also be opportunities to volunteer at a Community Library within Birmingham. Volunteers will be introducing library visitors to the Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge encourages children to read 6 books during the summer.

To volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge, here at the Library of Birmingham, you must be able to do the following:

  1. Attend a 30 minute to 1 hour induction: date and time to be confirmed.
  2. Start date is Saturday 14 July. You can work up to four days per week Wednesdays to Saturdays only. Shift pattern remains constant midday to 4pm (4 hours with 20 minute break)
  3. Finish date is week beginning 27 August, with a final Saturday as 1 September; and attendance at the SRC medal presentation on 15 September is optional

By volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge you will be:

  • gaining new skills and experience that will look great on your CV
  • meeting new people
  • helping children enjoy reading
  • giving back to your community

What will I be doing as a volunteer?

There are loads of different ways to help with the Challenge. Some of the things volunteers do include:

  • Helping staff to run the Challenge
  • Talking to children about the books they’ve been reading
  • Creating exciting library displays
  • Planning and running activities or craft sessions

What will I get out of the experience?

  • Valuable work experience
  • New friends
  • The opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, employment opportunities and literacy skills
  • The chance to make a positive contribution to your community

To apply, download the form, fill it in and then hand in to the Children’s Library at the Library of Birmingham; post to Children’s Library at the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2ND; or email a copy to the You can also send any enquiries to this email or come to the Children’s Library and speak to a member of staff.

If you are interested in volunteering at a community library, fill out an expression of interest form. Visit your local library with your completed form or email a signed scanned copy of your form to

Article posted on 14 June 2018

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