Family 'book bank' scheme needs your children’s books donations

Published on 31st March 2017

An older woman with grey hair reads to her two grandsons

The council’s free 'book bank' scheme which aims 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 is warmly received at local schools and gives all families access to fiction and non-fictions books for 3 to 15 years.

Families are encouraged 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.

Children’s books printed in the last ten years in new or gently used condition, meaning no missing covers or torn pages would be greatly appreciated.

Suitable donations can be dropped off at Cheltenham Borough Council’s Municipal Offices on the Promenade between 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively donations can be made at Leisure at Cheltenham on Tommy Taylors lane between 6am – 10pm Monday to Thursday, 6am-9.30pm Friday and 8am to 6pm at the weekend.

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

Melanie Ferguson, 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 Mel on 01242 775172, email

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