Young volunteers needed for Summer Reading Challenge

Paralympian Danielle Brown MBE with young volunteers at Skipton Library supporting last year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Libraries across North Yorkshire are calling for volunteers to uncover a child’s inner storytelling skills as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. 

Every year, young people aged between 13 and 24 help to coordinate the challenge, which is organised by the Reading Agency. 

The event encourages children aged four to 11 to read six library books over the summer holidays.

This year’s theme is Marvellous Makers, aiming to inspire children to tell their own stories. A selection of books has been chosen to encourage creativity and empower young readers to become keen storytellers. 

Volunteers will register children onto the challenge, help them to choose books, talk to them about the books they have read and assist with library activities. 

Corporate director of community development, Nic Harne, said: “The annual Summer Reading Challenge brings thousands of children into our libraries who take part in fun activities and are encouraged to read for pleasure. 

“During the summer holidays, children can experience a dip in reading. Taking part in the challenge sets them up for the next academic year.  

“As always, we rely on a group of dedicated young volunteers to support libraries with the challenge. It’s a chance for them to learn new skills, gain work experience, improve their confidence and have fun along the way.” 

To find out more about volunteering and to apply, go to or contact your local library. Applications should be made by Friday, 28 June.  

See more information on the Marvellous Makers challenge.