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Shared Reading

Sit back and relax with a cup of tea, new friends, and a story.
The library is running two Shared Reading sessions which are all about building connections and improving wellness through words. These are run by a trained librarian who will read aloud a short story or poem before inviting others to talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen and enjoy a cup of tea.


Shared Reading sessions are run by a trained librarian who will read aloud a short story or poem before inviting others to talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen and enjoy a cup of tea. This phenomenon has been sweeping the UK where it’s been shown to improve wellbeing by creating a space where people can connect and have fun over the shared experience of listening. Our group meets Tuesdays, 11am-12pm in the Elma Turner Library, no bookings required.

We are also pleased to work with Alzheimer’s Nelson to bring back Tea & Tales, a Dementia Friendly group, to the Elma Turner Library. This group is adapted to work with people with dementia, by using shorter texts with larger print, and poems that may be well known to older people group. In addition to the effect on wellbeing, these groups have also been found to have a significant effect on the preservation and promotion of language skills.
These sessions will be every Wednesday from 11am-12pm, no bookings required.

Article type: News and information

Contact Name: Rosamund Feeney

Contact Email: [email protected]

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