Summer reading challenge volunteers

About the opportunity

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme provided by the Reading Agency and delivered for free throughout Hampshire’s libraries. It is designed for children aged 4-11 with the aim to keep them reading during the school holidays.

You will be talking to children, parents and carers.

Please note that volunteers need to be aged 14 and older.

Tasks and duties

  • You will explain how to take part and may help families register to take the Summer Reading Challenge using a laptop, tablet or a public computer
  • Talk to children about books they have chosen and what they like to read, encouraging them to share their views
  • Understand and be able to explain about the Summer Reading Challenge, including how to use and unlock the app
  • Hand out stickers when books have been read and medals when they complete the 6 book Challenge
  • Generally help in the library with other duties and customer enquiries
  • You will assist with general administration and help customers by referring enquiries to relevant members of staff


Volunteers have an induction session to complete before they start.

Experience gained

  • A chance to learn more about libraries and books
  • Training and confidence talking to customers – both children and adults
  • A boost to your self-confidence and some independence


The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual scheme running from mid July to mid September.

Days and hours required will depend on the opening hours of your local library.

Who we are looking for

You will

  • be aged 14 or over
  • be enthusiastic about reading
  • be good at talking and listening to young children and adults in a friendly and patient way
  • like helping people
  • be reliable and good time-keeper
  • remain calm at busy times but cope when things are quieter

How to apply