Library opening times changed from 15 October 2018

Southcote library has reopened at Southcote Community Centre.

Volunteer roles in Reading libraries

We would love to hear from you if  you are interested in volunteering for the library service. 

Details of volunteering opportunities

Events/outreach

  • Help set up at events either in libraries or other venues
  • Help with ticketing/organisation at evening events
  • Help promote events and other library services to users where applicable (for example, coffee mornings)
  • Commit to helping out with at least one event per quarter (or equivalent)

Craft/coffee morning volunteers

  • Greeting people at craft events/coffee mornings
  • Ensuring that new visitors are welcomed
  • Promote other library services to users where applicable (for example, rhymetimes, evening events)
  • helping with set up for coffee/craft sessions

Home visiting with the Home Library Service

  • Visit elderly/housebound users in their homes
  • Select books for the clients you visit
  • Promote other library services to users where applicable (for example, magazines)
  • Visit clients on a regular 3 week rota
  • You will be supported by the Mobile Library Manager, but will visit on your own

Summer Reading Challenge

  • Aged 14 to 18 years old
  • Talking with children aged 4 to 12 about the book they have been reading and suggesting other things they may like to read
  • Understanding the way the Summer Reading Challenge works, so you can help the children and their parents/carers
  • Handing out reading rewards
  • Helping children and their parents/carers fill in forms
  • Assisting with administration, for example, making membership cards
  • Helping library staff run specific events and craft activities
  • Planning, producing and promoting events during the year
  • Helping with library activities at external events (under staff supervision)
  • Feeding back to staff and/or library friends
  • Suggesting stock for the 14 plus collection

Rhymetime volunteer - supporting staff running nursery rhyme sessions at the library

  • Help keep statistics of attendance at rhymetimes
  • Talk with newcomers and encourage them to join in
  • Occasionally lead rhymetimes (depending on staff availability)
  • Attend at least one rhymetime a week

IT help

Digital volunteers

  • Attend drop-in sessions to help library users with web-capable devices
  • Help individuals with a wide range of issues connected with getting online
  • Help individuals with particular tasks online

Code Club volunteers

  • Register as a volunteer through the Code Club website: https://www.codeclub.org.uk/
  • Commit for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Spend one hour a week, usually after school or at weekends
  • Help out around 15 young people aged 9 to 13
  • Volunteer solo, or team up with friends or colleagues and take turns
  • A club host will be there at the venue to support you

What we offer

  • References
  • Help and training
  • Opportunity to help shape the future of the library service

Volunteer in Reading libraries

 

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