Free family 'book bank' scheme needs good quality children’s books

Published on 2nd August 2016

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A free 'book bank' scheme to help encourage families to read at home is asking for donations of suitable children’s and teenagers’ books from members of the public.

The scheme has been running at a number of local schools since April 2013.

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.

Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, says: “Reading is a great gift. Books enable adventure, travel, mystery and fun while being at home. Reading and stories encourage sharing too. Cheltenham residents have given this gift through donations of books to families across our schools. This is our Book Bank. It is a fantastic scheme which relies very much on donations from residents. Due to its popularity, we now really need new donations of good quality books for children and young people, and sets of books are also very welcome.”

Suitable donations can be dropped off at Cheltenham Borough Council’s Municipal Offices on the Promenade between 5 and 19 August 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively donations can be made at Cheltenham Children’s library, Clarence Street 9am - 7pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9am – 5pm Tuesday and Thursday or Saturday 9am – 4pm.

The books will then be sorted and boxed by volunteers, and will be available to collect from participating schools.

Abbey Sidery, Inspiring Families project officer, continues: “This project is primarily to help families enjoy spending time together reading at home and is working really well. We hope that over time the book bank will grow to benefit more local residents and will be able to offer even better choice.”

The initiative is part of the Inspiring Families project which co-ordinates a range of community based projects for local families. For more information please contact Abbey on 01242 775172, email


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