A reading group with a difference
At a shared reading group you can listen to stories and poems being read aloud in a relaxed and informal environmnent.
The groups are run by volunteers from The Reader Organisation with the support of the library service and are:
- open to anyone who would like to hear literature read aloud in a small informal group setting
- an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to get together with others
- led by a facilitator who reads aloud so reading ability isn't important.
- short stories
At the group:
- you don't need to read anything in advance - just turn up
- there's no pressure to read or take part more than you want or are able to
- we pause regularly so the group can share their immediate thoughts and responses to what has just been read
- there's tea, coffee and biscuits
Why should I come?
There are lots benefits, including:
- continuity: the group meets every week, most weeks of the year
- inclusivity: everyone is welcome regardless of their ability
- pressure free: there's no pressure to read aloud or join in so you can contribute as much or as little as you like
- support: sharing your thoughts about what you've been listening to helps build trust and friendship
- increased self-esteem: we try to read books that members might not have the confidence to read alone
- relaxation: being read to is very relaxing and pleasurable
How to join
We run several shared reading groups in local libraries. You don't need to book, just turn up on day.
Join us at:
- Brompton Library: Monday, 6pm to 7.30pm and Tuesday, 10.30am to 12 noon
- Chelsea Library: Tuesday, 2.30 to 4pm
- Kensington Central Library: Tuesday, 2 to 4pm
- North Kensington Library: Thursday, 1pm to 3pm
- North Kensington Library: Saturday, 10.30am to 12 noon
- Notting Hill Gate Library: Monday, 1.30pm to 3pm