Book bank scheme is back for fifth year


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 scheme which was introduced in April 2013 has been really successful in helping give families more opportunities to read at home.

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