Hampshire Library Service is encouraging adults and teenagers to volunteer for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Volunteers need to be aged 14 and over, and ready to spend a few hours at their local library each week this summer, to help children complete the Reading Agency’s scheme to read six books over the holidays.
Pauline Corrigan, from Waterlooville, has volunteered for the Summer Reading Challenge for the last seven years. She explains the range of benefits she gets from volunteering at her local library.
She said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is all about the children and it’s great to see the chuffed look on their faces as the weeks go on. Regardless of reading ability, I like encouraging all the children to just enjoy reading, that’s very rewarding.
“I like the amount of variety you get as a library volunteer. Volunteering enables me to meet new people and to form new friendships in my local community. I’ve made a new friend, who I volunteer with for the Home Library Service too, so there are lots of possibilities.”
The Summer Reading Challenge runs from 14 July to 16 September. This year’s theme is Mischief Makers, in honour of the 80th anniversary of the Beano, a firm childhood favourite for many.