Call for young volunteers to help spread the joy of reading

North Yorkshire libraries are looking for enthusiastic young people, aged between 13 and 24, to get involved in helping to run this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

Animal Agents

Every year during the school summer holidays thousands of children flock to the library to take part in this national scheme, which this year takes the theme Animal Agents.

The Summer Reading Challenge is one of North Yorkshire's success stories. More than 10,000 children are expected to participate this year. Young people taking part as volunteers will be helping children to improve their chances for the future by becoming more enthusiastic readers.

Volunteers will register children onto the challenge, help them to choose books, talk to them about the books they have read and help to host library events. Volunteers will receive a free pack that includes an Animal Agents T-shirt and certificate.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Library and Information Services, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is a great incentive to encourage children to read and use libraries over the summer. Every year the Summer Reading Challenge gets better and more children join in.

"This is a wonderful volunteering opportunity for young people to gain experience of working with children by encouraging them to complete the Animal Agents challenge and to promote the library as a place of wonder, excitement and fun. If you enjoy working with children and would like to play a part in encouraging them to read and have fun over the school holidays, we'd love to hear from you."

To apply to be a volunteer or to find out more, go to, visit your local library, or email The deadline for applications is 15 July. Some of the county's new community libraries may be unable to accept under-18s as volunteers. In that case, applicants can be directed to the nearest library at which they can volunteer.

For more information on Animal Agents, visit the Summer Reading Challenge website.

This story was published 9 June 2017