Space crew volunteers needed for summer reading

Merton libraries are calling for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with this year’s national summer reading challenge, taking place from 17 July in libraries across the borough.

‘Space hop’ is the theme for this year’s challenge and a new space crew is needed to make this year the biggest yet. Merton libraries are looking for members of the public aged 14 and over who can donate their time to help make this exciting project a success.

The summer reading challenge aims to peak children’s interest in reading through a fun and achievable challenge of reading six books over the summer holidays to win prizes, bookmarks and stickers.

With 2,905 of Merton’s young people signing up last year, this year’s cosmic adventures look set to be a big hit.

Volunteers are needed to register children on the challenge, help children find and choose books, access the Space Hop website and encourage them on their space adventures. Assisting in the promotion of the challenge and the planning of events will also be part of the role.

Candidates do not need previous experience working with children but should be reliable, confident and responsible, with the enthusiasm to make the challenge fun and exciting. Successful candidates will be CRB checked and will take part in training.

Merton Council’s director of community and housing, Simon Williams said “Our libraries run some great community projects, which really help to educate our children in a fun way. This is the perfect opportunity for residents to get involved, whether they have a bit of spare time or are looking for more work experience.’

For more information on the summer reading challenge or to apply to be a summer reading challenge champion visit or call Sarah Hannigan on 020 8640 7355.


Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654