Volunteer for kids’ summer reading scheme with county libraries

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Nottinghamshire County Council is hoping to recruit more than 100 volunteers to help give the gift of reading in libraries this summer.

Each year, the council runs a holiday library challenge which encourages children to read up to six books and earn rewards on the way. But it needs people like you to offer up a little of your spare time.

For volunteers, it is a great opportunity to learn new skills, develop a CV, socialise and promote the value of reading and literacy to children.

Council librarian Steve Powell said: “Last year we had 103 volunteers, giving a total of 1,752 hours. It would be great to beat that number this year.”

The challenge will run at Forest Town, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse and Warsop libraries.

Volunteers should be aged 14 or over, and ready to commit 12–15 hours (averaging two to three a week) between July 24 and September 3.

Karl Southern, 18, will be taking part for a fourth year, and said: “I have fond memories of learning to read in the library as a child. I am keen to do my bit to help others.”

Applications close on May 20. For details see: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/

libraryvolunteers or contact Steve Powell on 01777 708724 or email library.volunteers@nottscc.gov.uk.