Book bank scheme is back for fifth year

Published on 20th April 2018

colourful children's books displayed in wooden boxes

The Inspiring Families ‘Book Bank scheme’ is back for its fifth year delivering hundreds of books to a number of primary schools in Cheltenham.

The Book Bank scheme has been generously supported by 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.

Sophie Johnson, Inspiring Families project officer, says: “This project has been really successful in helping families to enjoy spending time together reading at home. Reading is a great way of building curiosity, enjoying adventure and mystery while being 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 great to see schools embracing this scheme and encouraging reading at home.”

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, Gardners Lane Primary, Hester’s Way Primary, St. Thomas More Primary, Oakwood Primary, Swindon Village Primary, Gloucester Road Primary, Greatfield Park Primary, Rowanfield Infant School, Rowanfield Junior School, Lakeside Primary, Dunalley Primary, St Thomas More Nursery, St Marks Primary and Family Space Stay and Play.

Further donations are continually welcomed and can be dropped off to Inspiring Families at Cheltenham Borough Council - Municipal Offices on the Promenade, in Reception.

For more information about the Book Bank scheme please contact Sophie Johnson on 01242 775172 or email

For media enquiries: Laura Carter, communications officer, 01242 264154, email

Photo opportunities can be arranged via the communications team

Notes to editor: The scheme has been running at a number of local schools since April 2013.

Inspiring Families helps people in Cheltenham to achieve the hopes and dreams they have for their family, through community activities, schemes and courses. We can also link families with information, people or resources to help them.

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