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This summer, your local library is looking for people aged 14-19 to help out with the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge.
If you’re a lover of words, a keen people person or on the lookout for something to do during your summer break, this could be the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills whilst helping Devon’s youngsters to enjoy the magic of stories whilst school is out.
Helping with the Summer Reading Challenge is a fun way to get some real hands on work experience, whilst also making a real difference to the lives of children aged 4-11.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative designed to keep kids reading through the holidays. Each child is invited to read six books, collect stickers and rewards along the way, and receive a real medal when they complete the challenge.
This year, the theme is Space Chase, inviting children on an out-of-this-world adventure alongside the super space Rocket family and meet lots of other fun characters along the journey. Youngsters need to pick up their mission folder from the library and choose two books on each visit, collecting their stickers and rewards as they zoom their way towards the finish line to claim their certificate and medal.
Young volunteers help library staff to complete the challenge, talking to children about the books they have read, helping them pick new titles and handing out the prizes.
Young volunteer Harry, who helps at Okehampton Library on a regular basis said: "It's nice to feel that you are doing something to help in the local community, even if it is just once a week.
He continued: "Volunteering is always a good thing to do to build up your CV and it can also count towards the volunteering section of your Duke of Edinburgh. I get the chance to be artistic when I create posters for displays on the walls."
If you’re keen to help on the mission to get children taking part in this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, pop into your local library to fill out an application form.
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