Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers and Summer Reading Challenge Team Leader

Kettering Library

Date posted: 07/05/2019

Closing date: 22/07/2019

Purpose of the role

Every year volunteers of all ages help libraries make the Summer Reading Challenge a huge success across the county. The Challenge engages children in reading over the long school holidays and with over 9,000 children aged 4 to 12 taking part last year, our volunteers make an essential contribution to the delivery of this event throughout the summer. Whether helping to promote the Summer Reading Challenge by undertaking presentations at local school assemblies and creating eye catching promotional material, or talking to children about the books they have read and handing out awards and certificates, our volunteers play a vital part in making this event a great success. There are a number of opportunities available in our libraries to support these events, including Summer Reading Challenge Assistant/Team Leader and Summer Reading Challenge Promoter. (A full description for each of these roles is available from the library). Please note - Summer Reading Challenge Assistant and Team Leader roles are open to volunteers aged 14 years and above, but anyone can get involved as long as you are young at heart!


What tasks may be involved?

  • Helping to prepare information to promote the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge to children in local school assemblies from the middle of June until the end of July (or when the school term ends)
  • Creating eye catching adverts, posters and displays
  • Using social media to promote the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Joining children up to the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Talking to children about the books they have read
  • Handing out awards and certificates
  • Keeping records of participant numbers

What qualities or skills would be useful?

  • Be welcoming and friendly
  • Be able to talk with enthusiasm about the Summer Reading Challenge and inspire children to take part
  • Be able to talk confidently to children and encourage them throughout the challenge
  • Be able to undertake simple administration tasks
  • Have basic computer and internet skills

What would the benefits be for me?

  • Gaining and developing experience of promotion and marketing
  • Using or developing organisational and planning skills
  • Developing communication skills and confidence
  • Receiving a Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer pack (Assistants and Team Leaders only)
  • Receiving a certificate to evidence your involvement (Assistants and team Leaders only)
  • Gaining useful experience of working with children and developing new skills, all of which can be included on a CV.
  • Supporting the development of children’s literacy
  • Meeting new people and being part of the LibraryPlus team
  • Receiving a reference from the Library Manager


Times when the opportunity is taking place.

DBS check required?



To find out more about the organisation, go to


Kettering Library, Sheep Street, Kettering. NN16 0AY.

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