BOOKS TO LOVE & SHARE

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll;

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears the Human soul.

 

 

Emily Dickinson

 

AN INNOVATIVE BOOK RECYCLING PROJECT TO HELP YOUNG CHILDREN WITHOUT BOOKS HAVE THEIR OWN BOOKS AT HOME

 

The Own Books scheme was founded by Julie de Bastion in January 2014, who through being part of the Reading Army at the local Henley primary school, who were the first to take up the scheme, discovered that several children did not have books at home. This inspired her to come up with this idea to provide children in school with free books that they could take home themselves, to either keep or return if they wished. The Henley Community Library managed by Judith Lindley was the first to recognise the potential of this scheme and gave it her full support, helped find volunteers, funding and space in the library for the special Own Books bookshelf.

WHAT THE PROJECT AIMS TO DO

 

1   Encourage young children to develop an early love of books and reading through choosing and having their own books at home.


2  Allow children to select one or two books a week for themselves from the age appropriate categories, to take home when it suits them.

 

3  Avoid any need to buy or obligation to return the books.

 

4  Remove any stress and financial constraints on parents over acquisition of books.

 

5  Encourage parents to read with their children at home.

HOW THE PROJECT WORKS

 

Books are collected from local participating charity shops or books are donated to the schools directly by parents.

 

The Own Books scheme relies on volunteers to collect books from the charity shops and deliver them to the participating schools.


LABELING & CLEANING

 

All books are "processed", being cleaned and labelled with the Own Books logo so as to identify them to the children.

OUR SCHOOLS

PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

  • Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School,
  • Wootten Wawen Primary School
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Studley
  • Kingsway Primary School, Baker Avenue, Leamington Spa
  • Lapworth Primary School
  • Whitnash Primary School, Leamington Spa
  • Shrubland Street Primary School, Leamington Spa
  • Sydenham Primary School, Leamington Spa
  • St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Alcester
  • Bishopton Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Alderman Green Primary School, Coventry
  • Courthouse Green Primary School, Coventry
  • St. Osburg's Catholic Primary School, Coventry
  • Studley Catholic Primary School
  • Alveston Primary School
  • Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School
  • St Richard's First School, Evesham
  • St Andrews C of E First School, Evesham
  • Kingfisher School, Redditch


 

 

 

PARTICIPATING PRE-SCHOOLS

 

  • Whitnash Nursery School
  • Little Nutkins, Henley-in-Arden
  • Bishopton Childrens' Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Childrens' Centre, Parenting Project, Alcester
  • Clopton Nursery School, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bridgetown Nursery School, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Clopton Childrens' Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Conkers, part of Court House Green School, Coventry
  • Courthouse Green Pre-School, Coventry
  • Polka Dot Nursery, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Lillington Childrens Centre, Leamington Spa
  • The Spring Nursery, Kenilworth
  • Merrydays Montessori Nursery School, Henley-in-Arden
  • Studley Parenting Childrens Centre
  • Sydenham Parent Childrens Centre, Leamington Spa

PARTICIPATING SECONDARY SCHOOLS

  • Northleigh House School, Haseley Knob
  • Henley-in-Arden High School
  • Riverside House School, Henley-in-Arden
  • Alcester Academy
  • Stratford-upon-Avon High School

OWN BOOKS Co-Ordinator Julie de Bastion juliedebastion@gmail.com