VolunteeringWhat does the role involve?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. This year it will be starting Saturday 15 July – Saturday 16 September. 
It is aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years, regardless of their reading ability. It is run in very nearly all libraries in the UK and it is completely free to join.

Children enrol onto the scheme at their local library, choose any books they wish and borrow them from the library to read either at home or in the library. After they have read their books, volunteers will support them by asking very simple questions about the story or suggest they write a simple review in order to receive their rewards. 
To complete the challenge they must read six books, where upon they will receive a certificate and a medal from the Summer Reading Challenge volunteers. 


All libraries

Hours expected from Volunteers

Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 5 sessions. The maximum hours a volunteer can do is 4 hours per day. 
The hours expected from volunteers will vary depending on the library’s needs.


  • Make any necessary preparations for the scheme to operate, set up equipment, organise books etc.
  • Welcome children, parents and carers to the library.
  • Explain, in simple terms, how the SRC works and join children to the scheme.
  • Ask children questions relating to the books they have read and discuss what they liked or disliked about the book.
  • Give rewards as required.
  • Be enthusiastic and supportive to encourage  children to complete the scheme
  • Keep records e.g. names of children taking part, number of books read etc.
  • Help with collecting SRC statistics
  • Any additional duties as required, including helping with specific events for children such as crafts and author visits.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience of dealing with young children and their parents / carers (although not necessary) and an enjoyment in working with them
  • Good communication skills
  • Patience and sympathetic attitude


  • Reliability and the ability to make a regular commitment to the library.


Senior staff will be responsible for training volunteers in their libraries. Volunteers will be contacted as to suitable days/times as to when to attend training within their appointed library. All volunteers will follow a borough wide agreed training standard.  
Further Opportunities
There are various volunteering opportunities in libraries if interested. 

Additional Information  

Download an application form here.

You can email your application to the email addresses below or hand it in at your local library.

To volunteer at Croydon libraries email your application to:

To volunteer at Hounslow libraries email your application to:

To volunteer at Harrow libraries email your application to:

To volunteer at Ealing libraries email your application to:

Volunteers may claim direct travel costs reimbursed on production of receipts. The cost of a one day travel card will be the maximum paid to cover travel expenses.

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