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Reading groups and reading for wellbeing

Reading groups and book clubs

Information on starting a reading group, or ordering titles for an existing reading group.

Shared Reading groups

Join our reading revolution

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.

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

 Dorchester Library

Tuesday Irena leads the Lyme Regis group - Limited spaces available 10am to 11:30am

Service Development Team

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

Ferndown Library 

Thursday You'll get a big welcome from Jane and Emma at Blandford Library 11am to 12:30pm

Blandford Library

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

Live chat reading group (book chat)

Live chat reading group
 Day TitleTime  Contact

Tuesday Reading Group - meet second Tuesday of the month 

1pm to 1:45pm  Littlemoor Library

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

Book chat

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

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.

Libraries from home

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.

Reading for wellbeing

Reading Well supports people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading recommended and endorsed by health experts.

There are currently 5 Reading Well booklists for adults, young people and children with helpful information and support in managing common health conditions, and dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with health needs.


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