Volunteers recruited for reading challenge

Some of the young volunteers who are helping with the annual reading challenge.
Some of the young volunteers who are helping with the annual reading challenge.

Libraries have recruited a team of young volunteers to help with the return of their annual reading competition.

The free Summer Reading competition, organised in partnership with The Reading Agency, rewards children aged four to 11 and their families for reading as many books as possible – and they have recruited volunteers from four borough schools to help.

The libraries have been given £500 in funding to support opportunities for eight young people to volunteer within the challenge.

They have been recruited from George Stephenson High School, Churchill Community College, Whitley Bay High School and St Thomas More and will work across the four customer first centres over the summer holidays.

This year, the libraries have also teamed up with Guinness World Records to produce ‘Record Breakers’, bringing together fact and fiction to challenge readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and records.

To take part in the challenge, children are challenged to read at least six books of their own choice during the summer holidays, collecting stickers as they go.

Children can sign up for free at any North Tyneside library. Those who complete the challenge will be awarded a special ‘Record Breakers’ medal.

For more information on the challenge, call or visit any North Tyneside library.