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MK Libraries Call For Volunteers

Milton Keynes Libraries are calling for volunteers, aged from 13 to 25, for their summer reading programme.  Read more about it below.

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It is that time of year again… Milton Keynes Libraries want volunteers aged between 13 - 25 to get involved with The Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Young people who are keen readers, confident talking about the books they like and who enjoy meeting new people, are encouraged to sign up.  The theme this year is Animal Agents and is intended to inspire children in Milton Keynes to read at least one book every week of the summer, collecting stickers along the way. Volunteers will act as reading role models for the children, sign them up to the challenge, track their progress, hand out incentives, help them find their next book and most importantly, speak with them about what they have been reading. 

The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps over three quarters of a million children into libraries, nationally, to maintain their reading skills and confidence. The scheme started nationally in 1999 and it’s patron is Michael Rosen. 

The Summer Reading Challenge is always popular amongst children in Milton Keynes and this year we hope that even more children participate. It is targeted towards all children, from preschool to the end of Key Stage 2 in primary schools, and into Key Stage 3 (or beyond). It is an opportunity to encourage reading in the long summer break from school and the libraries are looking for young people as volunteers who enjoy working with children and want to make a difference in their community. During the summer holidays Milton Keynes Libraries can be particularly busy, particularly when the Challenge starts, and in summer 2016 there were 100+ young volunteers and over 3000 children who took part. We would like to have at least 10 young people volunteering in each library and up to 30 in the Central Library. 

Days, times and even locations are flexible but volunteers are needed in eight libraries across Milton Keynes. The libraries are located in Central Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford, Wolverton, Westcroft, Kingston, Woburn Sands and Olney. Bletchley Library  is currently closed for refurbishment so is not included this year. Previous volunteer participants have used their involvement as volunteers in their UCAS applications or when applying to college or work. This volunteering opportunity can be used towards V Inspired volunteering requirements and also the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme (particularly the Bronze Award). At the end of the summer there is a celebration event when the Mayor of Milton Keynes presents certificates of participation to volunteers. 

If you would like to get involved, you need to sign up by Monday 26 June 2017, online at or you can ask for more information in any library.  You can also get an application form here.

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