OPP OF THE DAY: Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer, Dudley Libraries

Supporting and promoting events and activities for the annual Summer Reading Challenge within libraries. Children aged 4-11 are encouraged to read 6 books borrowed from their local library, receiving a medal and certificate on completion. The Summer Reading Challenge is a very successful national initiative with 800,000 children taking part in 2016. Safeguarding children is of paramount importance
Volunteers should be prepared to commit to a minimum of 12 hours over the summer holidays.
Volunteers will be asked to support the following tasks:
– Promoting events and activities to children, carers and families, for example by designing and/or delivering leaflets, posters, displays etc
– Helping to plan and develop activities
– Helping library staff to register children on the Summer Reading Challenge launch date in July.
– Providing information to children and families on the summer reading challenge at a designated information point.
– Talking and listening to children about the books they have read, handing out incentives and maintaining the progress charts in libraries.
– Helping children choose new books
– Proactively recording evaluation and feedback from children participating in the challenge
– Assisting with preparation for and the delivery of story and arts activities which are held weekly at all libraries – duration approximately 2 hours, including preparation and clearing up after.
– Assisting library staff with special event and activity sessions in the library
– Meeting and greeting customers to the event and directing them to the event location
– Preparing and offering refreshments if required.
– Presenting both yourself and the service in a positive way and promoting forthcoming library events
The Summer Reading Challenge runs from mid July to early September each year. Some events may be during the day and others at weekends.
You will normally be expected to volunteer in a library. This may be your local library or another library of your choice if the opportunities are available there.

Library events and activities occasionally take place at other non-library venues, for example in community venues. If you are interested in getting involved alongside library staff, this could also be part of your volunteering role.
On arrival volunteers will sign in and report to their supervisor, be given a badge and report to their supervisor on leaving.
The volunteer will be allocated a supervisor of a senior grade. This person will be the initial contact for queries raised by the volunteer role.

Restrictions: No criminal convictions.

We are looking for volunteers aged 14-24 years who are enthusiastic about books and reading and are eager to encourage children to:
– discover the pleasure of reading books
– help them develop their creative skills by participating in arts activities
– promote use of the Record Breaker website
– help with the launch and special events such as author visits
– help with data collection for the evaluation at the end of the summer.

Summer Reading Challenge application form 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

Donna Taylor
Email: donna.taylor@dudley.gov.uk
el: 01384 812955

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