Improving outcomes for children, young people, their families and the wider community

Book Banks © is a reading initiative run by StEPs in partnership with local food banks. Volunteers create a quiet, inviting space in the main food bank area and can read stories to children (mostly under 5's, but older children in the school holidays are also welcomed) using story sacks and exciting, engaging resources. Children are able to pick a book from our huge bank of second hand and donated books which they can take home with them. These books are given freely and they can return them the next week if they choose to do so or just take a new one, although we encourage them to bring them back and share the story with us. 


Funders include:

St Albans District Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, The Big Lottery and The Ernest Cook Trust.


Please do visit the Book Banks website for more information and how you can get involved.