Summer reading challenge volunteers needed

Our library service is looking for volunteers to help get children reading this summer.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year and encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the summer holidays collecting rewards and prizes along the way. Last year over 4000 children in Plymouth took part.

The theme for the challenge this year is Animal Agents and libraries are planning lots of activities to support children taking part. Volunteers could be helping children sign up for the challenge, listening to them read and helping them choose new books or helping library staff with craft activities and displays.

This summer there are even more chances to get involved as libraries are joining up with CATERed for the Big Summer Food Tour. Every Wednesday in August at Devonport Library, St Budeaux Library and a Pop-Up Library in Whitleigh, there will be a day of free activities including storytelling, crafts, digital making and more, with CATERed providing a free lunch.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said “Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to give something back to your community and gain new skills for your CV or job applications. We’re looking forward to working with CATERed this year and providing even more opportunities for people to get involved”

The Summer Reading Challenge launches in Plymouth Libraries on Saturday 15 July and will run until Saturday 16 September

You can find out more about volunteering at or email library@plymouth.govuk