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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Libraries looking for young volunteers

Libraries in Denbighshire are offering volunteering opportunities for young people to support children who are taking part in the successful Summer Reading Challenge.
By getting involved, young people can gain valuable work experience and volunteer hours, an opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, employability and literacy skills, and an opportunity to make a positive contribution to their communities and make new friends.

“If you’re looking for something to do this summer, want to develop skills and confidence that could help with college or job applications, or need to be involved with volunteering for the Welsh Bacc or DofE – this could be ideal for you,” said Bethan M Hughes of Denbighshire Libraries.

“We’re looking for young people aged 14-24 who can offer us a minimum of three hours a week over at least four weeks between July and September. You’ll need to have good communication skills and preferably a willingness to engage with children and families in both Welsh and English, an interest in supporting and working with children, and in books and reading, and you’ll need to be flexible, friendly, and reliable.

“You will help children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, which this year is called Record Breakers. You will chat with children about what they’re reading, help them choose books to read and use the Challenge website, and encourage them to complete the challenge.

“This year, the volunteering opportunities are on offer in all eight of our libraries. The closing date for applications is Friday June 17th and there will be a training session for each library (details in the application pack).

“If you think you’d like to join our team of Young Volunteers, just contact one of these libraries to pick up an application pack or go to

Last year, 38 young people volunteered in libraries in Denbighshire and the scheme won a Highly Commended award in the Marketing Excellence Awards for libraries, museums and archives in Wales.

In 2015, 3965 children in Denbighshire took part in the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge in their local library. This year’s challenge will be called The Big Friendly Read and follow the theme of Roald Dahl’s centenary.

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