Inspiring families to read together at home

Published on 26th April 2013

An older woman with grey hair reads to her two grandsons

A new free 'book bank' scheme to help promote reading at home launches in Cheltenham on 7 May.

The book bank aims to give all families access to fiction and non fictions books for all ages. Families will be able to keep the books that they love and return the ones they do not want to keep, along with other books from home they no longer need.

The initiative is part of the Inspiring Families project which co-ordinates services for children, young people and their families within their own communities.

Sam Morine, Inspiring Families project officer, says: “This is a new project to help families enjoy spend time together reading at home. We hope that over time the book bank will grow to benefit more residents and that the book banks will be able to offer even better choice.”

The books are being collected from the local community, sorted and boxed by volunteers, and will be available to collect from participating sites. Those participating include Oakwood Primary, Oakwood Neighbourhood Project, Oakwood Children's Centre, Gardners Lane Primary, Hester’s Way Primary, Springbank Primary Academy, St. Thomas More Primary, CBH-Edinburgh House, Rowanfield Junior School, and Cheltenham Ladies College.

Further donations are continually welcomed and can be dropped off at the participating sites above. There are also drop off points at Cheltenham Borough Council - Municipal Offices on the Promenade, and Cheltenham First Stop, 301-305 High Street.

For more information about the scheme please contact Sam Morine on 01242 775172, email

For press enquiries contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email

Inspiring Families project: Run by the Children and Young People’s Partnership, this project has its roots in the collective priority to tackle child poverty which is a both a national and local priority. The previous government had a long-term goal to eradicate child poverty by 2020 and new coalition government have agreed to retain this commitment.