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About reading groups

Joining a reading group is a great way to share the pleasure of reading, exchange views on books with others and read titles you might not try on your own.

There are reading groups for everyone to join at all our libraries. You can find more details of meetings on our What's on page, or by asking in your local library.

Or you could get together with your friends and have a reading group at home, in the pub, over dinner... there are lots of possibilities. Just enjoy reading and talking about books, and use our special group membership so you can get a copy each of your chosen book for only £1 for 8 copies.

We also have weekly shared reading groups where you can sit back, relax, listen to short stories and poems, and chat about what we have read together.

No need to read anything between meetings, just turn up and enjoy the stories.  There are groups at BroadstoneOakdale, Poole Central and Rossmore Libraries.

How we can help reading groups:

  • ask us for support and advice on setting up and running a reading group

  • get a ‘Reading Group’ library card which allows your group to borrow titles from our reading group collection for up to 7 weeks

  • look at our special collection of over 100 titles exclusively for the use of reading groups. There are 10 copies of each title plus a large print and audio copy if available. See the list in the downloads section on this page

  • choose up to 20 titles from the list and tell us the dates of your meetings; we’ll deliver the books to your local library for you to pick up in time for each meeting

  • get regular news by email about book promotions, author visits and other events

  • meet in your local library - contact us to see what can be arranged.

Shared reading with the Region of Readers

Do you love reading? Would you like to connect with others in your community and share your love of reading with them?

Poole Libraries is delighted to be taking part in an innovative community project with 5 other library authorities: South West Region of Readers. With support from Arts Council England, the project is being developed with The Reader, an award winning charitable social enterprise, working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. 

As part of the project we are looking for Reader Leaders in Poole Central Library, Rossmore Library and Hamworthy Library. Reader Leaders will facilitate a weekly shared reading group in the library. You will receive full training and ongoing support from The Reader and the library. 

Find out more at our Shared Reading Information Workshops:

Monday 4 September, 11am - 1pm, Poole Central Library

Friday 6 October, 11am - 1pm, Hamworthy Librray

Monday 6 November, 1 - 3pm, Rossmore Library

Or please speak to your library or contact Emma Crago on 07970 247410 or emmacrago@thereader.org.uk. Download the Reader Leader role profile.

Reading Group websites

For more ideas and reviews check out the following websites:  

Reading Groups for Everyone


Bloomsbury Reading Groups page

The Guardian online Reading Group