Join the circus this summer in Merton’s libraries

This year’s circus-themed Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) kicks off on Saturday 16 July and needs teenage volunteers to help.

Jugglers, lion tamers and acrobats are key figures in the big top, but Merton’s libraries are looking for teenage volunteers aged 14 years and older to become SRC Champions. The Champions will be responsible for helping children choose exciting books, registering new starters, assisting in circus themed events and rewarding young readers with prizes.

For as little as four hours per week or 16 hours per month, teenagers can get valuable work experience with the public and children as they help encourage youngsters to develop a life long passion for reading and learning. With libraries across the borough, volunteers can work near to home and help in their local community.

The ‘Circus stars’ challenge asks children aged four to 11 to read six books over the summer holidays. There are prizes to be won for those who meet the challenge. Almost 3,000 Merton children signed up last year and this year is predicted to be even bigger.

Each library is hosting a range of events throughout the summer, including treasure hunts, circus themed craft sessions and much more. Pop into your local library or visit Merton’s website to find out the times and dates of the many free events held as part of the summer reading challenge.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Every year gets bigger and better with Merton’s summer reading challenge. Merton’s libraries are full of exciting children’s books and they run lots of free, fun activities throughout the summer. This is a great chance for teenagers to get valuable work experience, and for young children to have fun learning.”

For more information on becoming a volunteer visit or call the Libraries team on 020 8545 4625.


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