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Teenage volunteers are needed to help children enjoy all the fun of the circus in Merton libraries this summer.

The borough's libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and older to become Summer Reading Challenge 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 four hours per week or 16 hours per month, teenagers can get work experience with the public and children as they help encourage youngsters to reading and learn.

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.

Each library in Merton is hosting a range of events, including treasure hunts and circus-themed craft sessions.

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 call the Libraries team on 020 8545 4625.

June 2, 2011