“During the summer holidays, I worked as a volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge at Northwood Library to help gain more experience and knowledge on working with younger children. I remember when I was younger and could notwait to start the Summer Reading Challenge to discover more books, whilst receiving prizes every visit. I believe the Reading Challenge is an excellent way tohelp encourage children to visit the library more often; the prizes they receive oneach visit really help to motivate them and help them to enjoy reading. High enthusiasm was shared amongst all the children who participated in the challenge this year. The children I spoke to were excited upon each visit to see what new prizes they would receive and also which new books they were going to read.
I helped by creating resources, which would be used for events held at the library; I counted the gifts to make sure that we always had enough. I also gaveout the prizes to the children who came and helped out during the events. The events I helped out with were the ‘Animal Antics Game’, ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘The Search for Indexia’s Secret’, an exciting treasure hunt. The friendly and helpful staff helped to guide me whilst I was helping with the events, this made the events a good learning experience for me. All the events that were held were always filled with intrigued children whowere excited to participate in different activities that were linked to theirSummer Reading Challenge. The events held were wonderful and allowed the children to get more creative whilst they learnt more about the library.
The library is a great community centre for people of all ages to visit and use all the resources that are available. Overall, I really enjoyed volunteering at the library and would like to do it again in the future.”
Organised by The Reading Agency and libraries throughout the country, the Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at encouraging children aged 4 to 11 to visit the library and read during the summer holidays.