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MORE OWN BOOKS SCHOOLS IN WORCESTERSHIRE

We have recently added two more Worcesterhsire schools to Own Books - St. Andrews Church of England Primary School in Evesham and The Kingfisher School, Redditch. Welcome to both schools we hope you're enjoying reading your Own Books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Andrews school Literacy Co-Ordinator Lesley Newman pictured with pupils from the school.

 

James Miller, Lead Literacy Teacher at The Kingfisher School, with pupils Dominic, Paris and Ben.

 

THANK YOU

Thanks to all volunteers, supporters, schools, staff and children for making 2015 another successful and creative year.

We were featured on Central News ITV on 23rd December, click the link below to see the report on the ITV Facebook page.

Own Books Central News Report

 

 

GRANT FROM WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Own Books are delighted to announce that we have received a grant of £500 from Councillor Clive Holt our Worcestershire County Council. This generous grant will allow Own Books to continue to grow, providing more free books to even more children.

 


REMINDER ROOM 440

A quick reminder to schools and anybody donating books that we have a book storage room, Room 440 at Warwickshire District Council, Milverton Hill, Leamington Spa where you can donate or collect books if your Own Books shelves run low in the school. Just tell the receptionist you're an Own Books representative, open during office hours.

OWN BOOKS IN THE STRATFORD HERALD

Own Books continues to grow and gain more press coverage. The article below, featuring Julie de Bastion and children from Wootton Wawen Church of England Primary School, was in the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald on July 23rd..

OWN BOOKS IN EVESHAM!

St. Richard's School in Evesham has recently joined the Own Books scheme. The pupils are enjoying being part of Own Books. Phoebe, Holly, Caitlin collectively they think Own Books is a good idea because they can choose the book they want and not have to bring it back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OWN BOOKS ON THE BBC!

To celebrate our continuing growth and expansion, local BBC news program Midlands Today visited the first school to participate in the Own Books scheme. Through being part of the Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School Reading Army, Julie de Bastion was inspired to come up with the idea to provide free books for children to take home for themselves. The BBC team spent nearly two hours at the school, interviewing some of the children involved and the Literacy Co-Ordinator, Mrs. Robinson, who provided an insight into the positive impact Own Books has had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OWN BOOKS ON BBC RADIO'S COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE PHIL UPTON SHOW


Own Books founder Julie de Bastion was recently interviewed on Phil Upton's BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio show. To listen to her interview click on the link below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OWN BOOKS NOW HAS A NEW STATUS!

We are now a "small, unincorporated association" which enables the scheme to be rolled out across more regions. We have made a few changes in the funding structure of Own Books so that it can run independently outside Warwickshire.  Each territory will appoint its own Own Books co-ordinator to maintain and oversee the project and possibly apply for grants in each area. We have also decided to charge a one off setup fee to each school, to help with maintenance and running costs. This fee covers one years supply of labels and the cost of doing an initial presentation and set up in the school. We do not wish this fee to be a barrier therefore you can apply to Julie de Bastion juliedebastion@gmail.com to have this fee waived.


OWN BOOKS NEW FLYERS!

An innovative book recycling project to help young children without books have their own books at home

 

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.

                             
A CHILD CENTRED BOOK SCHEME

The children choose their own books  (which are FREE ) to take home and keep..... OR return, if they wish..... It’s their choice......

 

HOW THE SCHEME WORKS

What  does OWN BOOKS  do ?

OWN BOOKS comes to your school in an assembly to present  a short introductory talk and set up OWN BOOKS. We donate the books and a years supply of labels, and offer ongoing maintenance, help, support and contact with your local appointed
OWN BOOKS co-ordinator. We set up connections with participating local charity shops to supply books on a regular basis.

 

What the SCHOOL does?

Find a suitable bookcase and location for the OWN BOOKS books. Appoint an OWN BOOKS volunteer/parent/PTA member willing to collect books from participating charity shops in your area on a regular basis. Parents  can also be encouraged to donate books directly to the school. Appoint two Year 5 or 6 pupils to be OWN BOOKS monitors to label the incoming books, sort (under supervision if necessary) and restock the shelves and keep it tidy.

 

There is a one time “setup” fee of £85 which includes one years supply of labels at £35, presentation fee and maintenance costs at £50, all books are free. We do not wish to exclude any school from the scheme, therefore if a school cannot find this fee a bursary is available to cover the setup fee and subsequent cost of labels at £35 a year.

 

For more information please contact -
For Warwickshire Julie de Bastion (Founder of OWN BOOKS) juliedebastion@gmail.com 01564 795071

Judith Lindley henleycommunitylibrary@hotmail.co.uk 01564 794885

For Worcestershire contact Fran Webb (OWN BOOKS Co-Ordinator) fmsevesham@gmail.com 0780 1983112

 

To download and print your own flyers, click here for a pdf version of the document.

 


NEW STORAGE SPACE!

We have been given a room, room number 440 at Warwickshire District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Leamington Spa, CV32 5H2 for book donations. Telephone 01926 410 410, opening times 8.45am - 5.15pm Monday to Thursday, 8.45am - 4.45pm Friday. Email contact@warwickdc.gov.uk or contactus@warwickdc.gov.uk