Summer Reading Challenge 2019

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Volunteers needed for Summer Reading Challenge 2019

If you have a few hours to spare this summer, why not volunteer to help with the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library?

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, really helps by getting over 700,000 children regularly into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.

The theme this year is ‘Space Chase’, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun.  Volunteers will talk to children about the books they have read, help children choose books and hand out rewards of stickers, posters and medals.

This is a short-term volunteering opportunity between Saturday 13 July and Saturday 7 September 2019 and is open to adults and young people aged 14 and over. Flexible volunteering sessions are available at libraries across North Somerset and full training will be provided. 

If you are enthusiastic about encouraging children to enjoy reading, we would love to hear from you. You do not need any previous experience of volunteering or working in a library. For more information about this volunteering role, please take a look at our Summer Reading Challenge information page.

The closing date for volunteering applications is Monday 10 June 2019.


Family History Event

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On Saturday 23rd March, Portishead library will be hosting a family history event. The event will offer a beginners guide to researching your family history and runs from 10-11am. The workshop is free to attend but spaces are limited, they can be booked online via Eventbrite.

Library events, such as these, are made possible due to the generous time and skills of volunteers working together with library staff.

To find out more about the role of a family history volunteer, please take a look at our volunteer roles page.

Volunteering with adults in libraries

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Last month we told you about the various volunteering opportunities we offer, for people who want to volunteer with children.  This month we are focussing on the range of services and activities available for people of all ages.  Some of these take place in libraries but we also visit people in their own homes and at community groups across North Somerset.

Home Library Service volunteers: visit people in their own homes, taking books and other library materials to people who cannot visit the library in person.

Memories Shared volunteers: run Memories Shared sessions, designing to encourage reminiscence and decrease social isolation through the use of tablets and our Local History photographs.

Computer Buddies and Gadget Helpers: help people in the library to get online, using both library PCS and people’s own gadgets

Library Services volunteers: help people to use the library and assist staff in creating a helpful, welcoming atmosphere.

Volunteers are vital to the running of many of these activities and we are always looking for more people join our teams.  We currently have vacancies for Home Library Service volunteers, Memories Shared volunteers, Computer Buddies and Gadget Helpers and Library Services volunteers.  Visit our Vacancies page for full role descriptions.  You can then sign up to one of our Information Hours to find out more and how to apply.