New role – Code Club volunteer!

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We are very excited to share our new volunteer role: Code Club Volunteer!

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Code Clubs are regular sessions for children aged 9-13 to learn how to create simple digital animations and computer games. They use ready-made step-by-step projects created by Code Club UK using programming tools such as Scratch, Python and HTML. We currently have Code Clubs at Worle and Portishead libraries, and another in the pipeline at Nailsea library. They are very popular, so we would like to start up new clubs in other libraries.
We are organising an information session for volunteers to find out more about running a Code Club. This session will tell you more about what is involved. It will be “hands-on” with the chance to try out coding with Scratch, and have a go at using our library Microbits.

If you think you might like to help children with learning to code, please sign up for our next Volunteer Open evening.

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Meet the Volunteering team!

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Introducing the Libraries Volunteering team:

me      Sarah Smith is the Library Supervisor responsible for the recruitment and training of new volunteers.  She is also responsible for the Home LIbrary Service.

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Rob Giles, our new Outreach Officer, will be administering recruitment of volunteers and routine correspondence.

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Sophia Richards, Community Librarian, manages and oversees the volunteer programme.

To contact Sophia, Sarah or Rob on the Volunteering Team you can email us:

or you can phone us: Library Volunteers: 01275 884315 or Sarah Smith, Community Services Supervisor tel: 01934 426657

Home Library Service volunteers needed!

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“It is a pleasure to be able to help people continue with their reading who are unable to get to the library themselves. You meet some very interesting and lovely people.” (Volunteer, Clevedon library)

We are currently looking for additional Home Library Service volunteers for the Weston-super-Mare area.

This is a very rewarding volunteering role, choosing and delivering books to people who cannot visit the library through ill health or frailty.

Visits to customers are usually once a month, the role is flexible as you arrange dates and times directly with the people you visit. Many of our Home Library Service customers find the service is a lifeline to them.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a Home Library Service volunteer please have a look at the role description, and come along to our next volunteer open evening on Tuesday 26 September at Yatton library and children’s centre.

Volunteers are ready for the Summer Reading Challenge

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Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 launches on Saturday 15 July. Over 80 volunteers in North Somerset will be supporting our libraries with this programme. We have very much enjoyed meeting all the volunteers at the recent training sessions, and have been impressed by their enthusiasm! The volunteers will be talking to children aged 4-11 about what they are reading, and giving out stickers, certificates and medals as they progress through the challenge. It is a lot of fun, and we hope it will be a rewarding and enjoyable summer for all involved. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, and good luck this summer!




Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June

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PrintIt’s Volunteers’ Week and we would like to say a big Thank you to all our amazing library volunteers. You make the difference to so many of our library services and activities: helping people use the computers, assisting at early years activities, family history research, delivering books to people who can’t come to the library, and so much more. We couldn’t do it without you!

To find out more about this annual celebration of volunteers visit the website

Applications now open for Summer Reading Challenge Volunteering!

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Summer Reading Challenge LogoIt’s that time of year again! Our application process has now opened for Summer Reading Challenge volunteering. You can apply online directly from this site by clicking on the Summer Reading Challenge tab and filling in the application form.

The annual Summer Reading Challenge runs in public libraries between July and September in partnership with The Reading Agency. The Challenge aims to give children aged four to 11 an enjoyable activity to complete over the summer and prevent any dip in literacy that may occur during the long school holidays.

We really value the contribution volunteers make in helping us to run the Summer Reading Challenge in North Somerset libraries. Volunteers talk to children about the books they have read, help children choose books and hand out rewards of stickers, posters, and medals. Last year 109 volunteers helped with the Summer Reading Challenge at libraries across North Somerset.

This volunteering role is open to adults and young people aged 14 and over. Volunteering can be used to enhance your CV, Duke of Edinburgh and other award schemes, an addition to personal statements for college or university or to support your community.

If you are a current North Somerset Library volunteer or if you volunteered for the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, you do not have to fill in another application form, please just drop us an email at and let us know that you would like to volunteer again this summer.


Volunteers supporting Cook2Learn

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Have you heard about our new Cook2Learn programme?

Cook2Learn is an exciting, unique, project in North Somerset which offers a series of free workshops in libraries where people can gain new skills by following and preparing simple recipes, while learning  about food and healthy lifestyle choices.

New Cook2Learn collections of cookery and food books are available to borrow from all North Somerset libraries along with some new eMagazine titles including BBC Good Food and Olive.

Library volunteers are supporting health trainers and library staff to deliver Cook2Learn workshops. If you would like to get involved and help with this project please let the Volunteering Team know.

For more information about the Cook2Learn please visit the Cook2Learn website: