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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 - free.

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


Radio Reads with Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent

Fancy joining a reading group without leaving home? Then take part in Sasha Twining's Radio Reads on BBC Radio Solent. Just tune in on the first Friday of every month to hear reviews of the selected book and find out what the new book is.

March's book  is A Man called Ove by Frederick Bachman. You can reserve a copy and borrow it from any Poole Library to read along, then email your reviews to Sasha. Tune in on Friday 7 April to hear what other readers thought.


Reading Group websites

For more ideas and reviews check out the following websites:  

Reading Groups for Everyone

bookgroup.info

Bloomsbury Reading Groups page

The Guardian online Reading Group