17th Jan, 2017

Book scheme to help kids brush up on reading skills

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FREE book scheme means schoolchildren can brush up on their reading skills.

The Own Books scheme was created to supply books to children who did not have access to them at home.

Novels are collected from charity shops or from people who wish to donate, and then cleaned and sent to local schools.

And the scheme has been such a success that organisers are running out of room to store and process the books.

This has lead Warwick District Council to offer space at their headquarters in Leamington to store them.

Culture spokeswoman Coun Sue Gallagher said: “This scheme is a wonderful example of volunteers in the local community working together to give our children the gift of books and reading which will stay with them throughout their lives.

“I would encourage anyone who has books at home to donate them.”

Visit www.ownbooks.co.uk to find out more.