Library Service hosting ‘Costume Swap’ for World Book Day


Cllr Reynolds with costumesThe Royal Borough Library Service are holding a ‘Costume Swap’ in preparation for World Book Day. They are inviting everyone to donate clean, gently used children’s costumes to Maidenhead, Windsor, Cookham and Dedworth Libraries. 

Residents can donate costumes with no obligation to exchange. Everyone is welcome to attend and find their ‘new to you’ costume, even if they don’t have a costume to swap. The initiative has been organised in partnership with the sustainability team.

Donations are being accepted now at the four participating libraries. The costume swap shop at Windsor Library will be open at 2pm on Tuesday 27 February and run until Wednesday 6 March. At Cookham, Dedworth and Maidenhead Libraries, the shop will open at 4pm on Thursday 29 February and run until Wednesday 6 March.

Councillor Joshua Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, said: “This is a great initiative and we’re delighted to see the donations already coming in. Back in October last year, we held a ‘Swap Shop’ for Halloween, and had a great turnout. We’re excited to be able to do this again this year for World Book Day.

“This initiative allows children from all backgrounds to express themselves and find the right costume for them. Any residents who have used or unused children’s costumes, please visit one of the participating libraries and donate. It’s a fun event and helps make a difference.”

At 4pm on Tuesday 29 February at Maidenhead, Windsor and Dedworth Libraries, a special storytime event will be held, which is free for all to attend. Maidenhead Library will also be holding a grand ribbon cutting, to mark the launch of the swap, as well as some special World Book Day colouring. 

School Drive will have a stand at Maidenhead Library on the day. They are a registered charity who work with Maidenhead and Windsor schools by donating uniforms and equipment to financially disadvantaged families. You can find out more about School Drive here.

Yorkie the Magpie, Maidenhead United’s mascot will also be in attendance at Maidenhead Library. The football club are currently hosting a story competition for primary-aged children for World Book Day.