Shared reading groups
Reading Friends shared reading groups currently meet in Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury libraries. They run independently under different names but collectively they are known as Reading Friends shared reading groups.
The groups are aimed at anyone who enjoys reading and the positive effect this can have on mental wellbeing. This benefits everyone but can support people living with loneliness, depression, anxiety and bereavement or loss. Shared reading can also be suitable for people with memory loss, dementia and their carers. No prior knowledge or reading is required before a session.
The sessions are free of charge and offer an enjoyable, relaxing opportunity to meet others and stimulate positive memories, in a friendly supportive group conversation.
|Shared reading group name||Library||Frequency||Day||Time|
|Feel better with a book||Calne Library||Weekly||Tuesday||10.15am to 11.45am|
|Shared reading group||Royal Wootton Bassett Library||Weekly||Thursday||11am to 12 noon|
|Feel better with a book||Salisbury Library||Fortnightly||Thursday||11am to 12.30pm|
|Feel better with a book||Trowbridge Library||Weekly||Wednesday||11am to 12 noon|
|Reading for comfort||Warminster Library||First Thursday of the month||Thursday||2.30pm to 3.30pm|
|The enchanted hour||Westbury Library||Fortnightly||Thursday||2pm to 3pm|
What happens at a shared reading group
What happens at a shared reading group:
- everyone listens to stories and poems read aloud by a facilitator
- we share responses and memories if we want to
- no-one is expected to read, unless you would like to
- the stories and poems are a mix of traditional and new
- the groups are small, friendly and stimulating with no pressure
How to get involved
Poetry, tea and chat online sessions
We hold monthly Reading Friends poetry, tea and chat sessions on the library Facebook pages. You can catch up with past sessions on the Wiltshire Libraries YouTube channel.