The David Vaisey Trust is a registered charity which recognises and rewards, with a number of significant annual prizes, outstanding initiatives by public libraries in Gloucestershire – initiatives which importantly result in more people reading more books.

Anne Robinson, Chair of Judges, with Alan Bennett and a Bream library representative at the 2017 prize-giving

For details of your local library, services and opening hours click here: Gloucestershire Library Services & Information. For more on other locations and opening times click on: Community Libraries.

The Trust works with Gloucestershire Library Services, with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, with national as well as local charities, private trusts and a number of individuals.

Sir Michael Morpurgo speaking at the 2018 prize-giving event

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When the annual David Vaisey Prize was established, Jane Everiss, Head of Gloucestershire Library and Registration Services said: “We are pleased to work closely with the Trust to encourage initiatives in libraries where reading has a real impact on people’s lives. We are equally pleased that we can recognise the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to our libraries.”

Jonathan Taylor, Jane Everiss (Head of Library Services), Michael McWilliam. Photograopher: Martin Davis, freerangephotography.co.uk

Jane Everiss, Trust Chair, Jonathan Taylor (left), and trustee Sir Michael McWilliam
Photographer: Martin Davis, freerangephotography.co.uk

STOP PRESS: Jilly Cooper praises 2018 David Vaisey Prize winners, Prestbury Library, click here for details of their  ‘Paws for Reading’ project.

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At Prestbury Library pupil Jonty sits for a story with Mitzy and helper Danielle Perry