Volunteers sought to help young readers connect with science

This story was published 6 June 2022

Libraries across North Yorkshire are calling for volunteers aged between 13 and 24 to help coordinate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteer Alliyah Ishaq in a library

North Yorkshire libraries and the Reading Agency is running the challenge for children aged four to 11, encouraging them to read six library books over the summer holidays.

Volunteer Alliyah Ishaq is looking forward to returning as a volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge and is excited to take part in children’s events in the library following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. 

Alliyah said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is a great opportunity for children to explore their love for reading. It is a beneficial skill to have and by taking part they get rewards along the way.

“Taking part as a volunteer is always rewarding and I look forward to it every year. It feels amazing being able to share my love for reading with the children."

The theme for 2022 is Gadgeteers which encourages young people to discover science and innovation in the world around them.

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.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is incredibly popular with young people and families each year, so it’s important we have volunteers on board. They always do a great job of encouraging even more children to become enthusiastic readers.

“For the young people it’s a valuable volunteering opportunity to gain experience of working with children which can be added to their CV and UCAS applications. It’s also a fun, sociable way to spend the summer.”

To find out more about volunteering and to apply, go to or contact your local library. Applications should be made by Friday, 1 July.

Find more information on the Gadgeteers challenge, which arrives in libraries this summer.