Successful ‘book bank’ scheme is asking for donations to help it expand

Published on 3rd September 2014

colourful children's books displayed in wooden boxes

A free 'book bank' scheme to help encourage families to read at home is asking for members of the public to donate suitable children’s books as well as books aimed at teenagers.

The book bank scheme has been running at a number of primary schools since April 2013 and has been really successful in helping give families more opportunities to read at home. It has proved so popular that the project is now looking to expand into secondary schools. 

The book bank scheme relies on donations from the community and 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.

Ami Lavery, Inspiring Families project officer, says: “This project has been really successful in helping families to enjoy spending time together reading at home. We’d like to thank all those who have donated books, and all the organisations that are taking part in the scheme.

“It’s proved so popular that we’re now expanding into secondary schools and we’re in need of books aimed at teenagers as well as books for children and adults.”

Cllr Rowena Hay, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, added: “Reading is such a rewarding experience. Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language, it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. I’m delighted that this scheme is so successful and would encourage people to donate their unused books for others to enjoy.”

The books are being collected from the local community, sorted and boxed by volunteers, and will be available to those who attend the participating sites. Those participating include Oakwood Primary, Gloucester Road Primary, Gardners Lane Primary, Hesters Way Primary, Greatfield Park Primary, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, St George's Centre - Alstone Lane, St. Gregory's R.C. Primary School, Emily Gardens and Oakley neighbourhood project.

Donations are continually welcomed and can be dropped off at the participating sites above. There is also a drop off point at Cheltenham Borough Council - Municipal Offices on the Promenade.

People looking to make donations can contact , visit our facebook page or twitter page @IFamilieschelt.



For press enquiries contact: Kelly 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.