Summer Reading Challenge 2022 - Young Person Library Volunteer

Brighton and Hove City Council

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Each year we ask around 30 young people volunteers ( aged 13 -19) to help us support the Summer Reading Challenge in our libraries.

The national Summer Reading Challenge, coordinated by The Reading Agency, is run in 98% of UK public libraries. Children aged 0-11 take part, it is the biggest national reading initiative – and it’s free! It runs in libraries throughout the summer holidays, with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children's reading. The challenge is simple - to read six or more library books over the summer.

Volunteers will be helping us by:

-Signing children up to the Challenge, explaining how it works and giving out the rewards for each mile stone
- Preparing certificates and medals for Challenge finishers
- Talking to children about the books they're reading and helping them write book reviews
- Researching children's literature to create ‘recommended reading’ book lists and book displays
- Helping collate Summer Reading Challenge statistics
- Helping prepare resources
- Planning events for children relating to the Summer Reading Challenge (preparation includes choosing the content of an event, preparing craft materials, writing a risk assessment etc)
- Promoting your events in the library and online
- Working on or helping out with our Summer Reading Challenge events
- Recording event statistics


As a volunteer you will be representing Brighton & Hove Libraries Services and Brighton & Hove City Council. This must be taken into consideration at all times when you are volunteering.

You should be approachable, friendly and respectful to members of the public. You will be expected to behave professionally and appropriately all at times. Bad language is strictly prohibited.

If a member of the public asks you a question about the library that you are unable to answer please refer them to other library staff. You will be issued with a badge that states you are a volunteer which you should wear this at all times when you are volunteering.


Volunteering experience on your CV can open up valuable employment opportunities. On the council website you can search for jobs within the authority and sign up to receive job alerts for free:

You can build your volunteering hours to a nationally recognised award, the vInspired website is quick and easy to sign up to:

Volunteering with us can also go towards your Duke of Edinburgh's award.

Practical Considerations

Volunteer induction We ask volunteers to sign up for half day shifts 10 - 1.30 or 1.30 - 5. There will be two volunteering slots per shift meaning that volunteers will be working in pairs.

We ask that a volunteer signs up for at least 12 hours over the summer period.

We will mainly be recruiting for volunteers at Jubilee Library and Hove Library. However, as the Summer Reading Challenge takes place across the city there might be the opportunities to choose between some of our fourteen other libraries for where you would like to volunteer so just let us know!

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

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