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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Make a difference in your library this Summer

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Young people across the Borough are being invited to develop their skills by helping out with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Stockton libraries, in partnership with The Reading Agency, will once again launch the Summer Reading Challenge for young people aged four to 11 years old – with a magical theme of ‘Mythical Maze’.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year, designed to help maintain children’s reading skills and confidence whilst they enjoy the summer break. Children will be asked to read up to six books during the holiday period and will be able to pick up collectable stickers, wristbands and puzzles as they progress.

Stockton Council is now calling on volunteers to help library staff run the fun literary challenge over the coming months. They will have the opportunity to help the children choose new books, talk to them about the books they’ve been reading and deliver a range of exciting summer activities including arts and crafts, illustration workshops and author sessions.

Applicants must be aged 16 to 24 and be able to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours between June and September. They will benefit from valuable work experience, a reference for employment and the opportunity to develop their skills and make new friends.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture said: “These sorts of events are a wonderful way to encourage reading throughout the school holidays. Volunteers who take part will not only be able to inspire younger children to continue reading, but also develop their own social and literacy skills and make a positive contribution to the community. I hope people register their interest and give their time to be part of the Summer Reading Challenge.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Lucy Carlton-Walker on (01642) 528501 or [email protected] for an application form.

The deadline for applications is Monday 2 June. 

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