New Coventry community bookshelf - The Coventry Observer

New Coventry community bookshelf

Holly Clement 28th Jun, 2024   0

CHILDREN can enjoy free books thanks to a new Coventry community bookshelf.

In a heartwarming scheme to promote literacy and foster a love of reading among young people, national homebuilder Taylor Wimpey Midlands has launched a free community bookshelf at their Appledown Gate development in Keresley.

The Coventry Community Bookshelf aims to celebrate the joy of reading while encouraging children to pick up a book and enhance their literacy skills.

According to the National Literacy Trust, over one-third (36.1 per cent) of parents facing financial difficulties have reduced their book purchases for children in early 2023.

The Coventry Community Bookshelf addresses this challenge by allowing residents and the local community to swap used novels for new ones or pick up a book in exchange for a donation.

This year’s donations will benefit Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.




The charity assists in improving the quality of life for children with disabilities by increasing mobility, boosting self-esteem, and reducing pain.

Sarah Hemings, centre manager at Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre, said: “We are extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey Midlands for their generous support towards our charity.


“We offer free assistance to families where treatment is either limited or not available to them via the NHS, and although our centre is based in Coventry, we will treat any child who is in need.

“There has been a steady increase in demand for our support in recent years, and the proceeds from the Coventry Community Bookshelf will help fund services such as remedial massage, touch therapy, and therapeutic play.”

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