Join our Shared Reading groups and enjoy stories and poetry in a completely new way. The group leader will read aloud and then we talk about what we have read.  

Expect lively conversation and thoughtful discussion.  Expect surprises and a new appreciation of the power of words.

Shared reading is suitable for all ages and abilities, including those with early stage dementia and carers.

Our virtual groups meet using Microsoft Teams or Zoom – easy to use and free.

Shared Reading groups

Day Title Time Contact
Monday Join Hugh from Dorchester Library 10am to 11:30am

Dorchester Library

 Tuesday Jessica from Ferndown Library would like to meet you 2.30pm to 4pm

Ferndown Library 

Taster sessions may also be available for groups and organisations – contact the Reading and Learning Team

Shared Reading groups will be meeting in person at Portland, Blandford and Lyme Regis from October 2021.  Please enquire at the library.

Live chat reading group (book chat)

Day Title Time   Contact

Join us online to chat about books and tell us what you are reading - fourth Thursday of the month

10am to 11am Service Development Team

Fireside Reading Group - Discuss your favourite books online with like-minded people. First Thursday of the month. 

2pm to 3pm Swanage Library

Look out for weekly book chat. Every Tuesday morning we’ll be posting reviews and recommendations on our Facebook page. Library staff will be sharing the books that have marked significant times in their lives. Join in the discussions, share your love of reading and find something new to entertain you.

Book reviews and forums

Reading Groups for Everyone is the UK’s largest reading group network, run by The Reading Agency. Once you have created your free account, you can register your group for free, read, leave reviews and apply for special offers. A virtual groups page has links to online groups, or you can start your own.

Find additional resources offered by library services across the UK

Goodreads: The world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations with 90 million members. See what books your friends are reading, track the books you're reading, have read and want to read, or check personalised book recommendations. Goodreads groups discuss books by genre and by subject. It's also available as an app for Android and Apple devices.

BBC 100 Novels That Shaped Our World: Books chosen by a panel of leading writers, curators and critics with a different theme each month. Books range from children’s classics to page turning bestsellers. With links to reviews, articles and questions for reading groups, it a great starting point for anyone wanting to expand their reading.

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