03 June 2011

Volunteer reading buddies are needed to help children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Northamptonshire County Council’s libraries.

Each year children from across the county aged between four and 12 take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, a national scheme with incentives, activities and events designed to encourage children to read. This year the theme is Circus Stars.

Anyone aged between 14 and 17 is welcome to apply to be a reading buddy, to help younger children taking part in the reading challenge, to discuss their reading and to read with them.

Councillor Heather Smith, county council cabinet member said: “Not only is encouraging children to get reading and enjoy books extremely rewarding, but volunteering is a great way to gain experience and is sure to impress any future employer, college or university.”

Volunteers will be offered training in early July at several locations around the county and will also receive a certificate to show they have taken part.

For more information people can visit the library service section.