Croydon’s library service is looking for volunteers to help children and their parents through the ‘Big Friendly Read’ Summer Reading Challenge.
The annual reading campaign aims to get children looking at books as a source of fun and inspiration. The aim is to read at least six books during the summer holiday.
For 2016 it focuses on the work of children’s writer Roald Dahl, who would have been 100 this year.
Volunteers will help children sign up to the challenge, guide them to choose suitable books, and spend time talking and asking questions about what they have read.
They will assist children using the summer reading challenge website, help with special events, and collect data to help with evaluating the success of the project.
No previous experience is necessary, and taking part could be a valuable step in considering a career working with children.
“This is a great opportunity to develop confidence, build social and literacy skills, and improve future employment opportunities. It’s also a fun way of making a positive contribution to the community at the same time as making new friends.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
Volunteers should be over 13 years of age and available for at least five sessions of approximately three hours each between now and 10 September.
More information is available from the Croydon Libraries website.