Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Volunteers needed for Thurrock libraries summer reading challenge

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help Thurrock Libraries keep the county’s children reading during the summer holidays through their Summer Reading Challenge.

Last year more than 42,800 children took part in the challenge by reading books to gain rewards, and this year volunteers aged 14 and over are needed to help push those numbers up for this summer’s campaign.

Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment, said: “Volunteers can help children improve their literary skills by getting them to read more. It is enjoyable and rewarding and they gain valuable work experience while at the same time helping their communities.

“We had a brilliant response last year, with 647 volunteers completing 11,814 hours in 70 libraries helping staff deliver the Summer Reading Challenge.”

Volunteers will help library staff sign up children to the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about their books, encouraging them to complete the challenge. They should be able to commit to a minimum of 15 hours from Saturday 11 July to Saturday 5 September.

Application forms are available from libraries or from the Essex Libraries website in the Volunteering with Libraries section. The closing date for applications is Friday 5 June.

The national Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in all Essex Libraries. This year’s challenge is called Record Breakers.

For more information about becoming a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, please email


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