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Interact with children - library volunteering

A number of volunteering roles within the library are available:

Rhymetime

If you enjoy working with children you could enjoy this role. Rhymetime sessions are popular across all libraries. They are aimed at pre-schoolers, along with their parents and carers. The events are based entirely on singing nursery rhymes and action songs, occasionally with toys or percussion music. It is fun, interactive and noisy! Volunteers may be the leader or assistant. You would set up/tidy away the area, select the songs, and depending on the level either lead or assist with the singing. Sessions are pre-set and weekly with some libraries holding sessions on a Saturday, so a regular commitment of about an hour to suit the advertised event schedule is required.

  • We are currently looking for volunteers at the following libraries: Addlestone ( Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning), Ashford (Wednesday morning), Caterham Hill (Thursday morning), Dittons (Saturday), Epsom (Thursday morning), Esher (Wednesday and Thursday mornings), Godalming (Friday and Saturday morning), Guildford (Saturday morning), Haslemere (Wednesday morning), Horley (Thursday morning) Horsley (Tuesday morning), Merstham (Friday morning), Molesey (Thursday morning), Oxted (fortnightly on Fridays), Redhill (Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning and Reigate (Thursday morning).

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Check our library volunteering twitter feed for the latest news about current opportunities.

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Storytime

Do you enjoy a good tale? Do you want to share that with children? Storytime sessions take place in many libraries. They are aimed at very young children, accompanied by their parents and carers. You would set up/tidy away the area, select a story and read it aloud in a child friendly manner. Sessions are scheduled so a regular commitment to suit the library is required. You would commit to around an hour a week.

  • We are currently looking for volunteers at the following libraries: Caterham Valley (Tuesday afternoon), Chertsey (Friday morning), Cranleigh (Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning), Dittons (Thursday and Saturday), Epsom (Tuesday afternoon), Esher (Saturday afternoon), Frimley Green (Tuesday morning), Godalming (Wednesday morning), Haslemere (Friday morning), Hersham (Friday morning) and Horley (Wednesday morning).

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Children's reading group assistant

Could you assist a member of staff to develop children's confidence in talking about books, and to encourage children to read more widely? These reading groups are for children aged approximately 7 to 12. The groups usually involve 10–12 children, mostly taking place monthly either after school or on a Saturday. A session usually lasts for 1 hour, plus setting up and clearing away time. Each session includes time talking about books and also some fun book- and reading-related activities which you would assist with. The following libraries currently have active groups: Camberley, Chertsey, Cranleigh, Dittons, Dorking, Egham, Guildford, Reigate, Staines, Shepperton, Walton and Woking.

Take a look at our Chatterbooks blog where various groups post updates on what they've been up to.

  • We are currently looking for a volunteer at Ashford Library.

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Check our library volunteering twitter feed for the latest news about current opportunities.

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Summer Reading Challenge

Each summer we recruit young volunteers (aged between 14–25) to help us run the annual Reading Challenge - where children of primary school age sign up to read at least six library books over the school holidays and collect incentives along the way. In this role, you would encourage children to read more by talking to them about their books, help with events and activities, sign children up to the challenge and give them rewards for reading. It is a great way to get experience for your CV and our volunteers have a lot of fun.

Children can read any books they like: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. The focus is very much on the enjoyment of reading. Typically, more than 15,000 Surrey children take part. It is a busy time for libraries and so staff very much appreciate the help provided by volunteers.

We need you to be enthusiastic, reliable and friendly, and to enjoy working with children. Hours are flexible, but we ask you to commit to at least 10 hours over the summer. You will be supported by library staff and training will be provided at the library.

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is closed, it will return in 2019.

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