This is guest blog post from Liz Ison. She works for The Reader and looks after the Read and Relax reading groups that run in LBHF. Over to Liz to tell us more…
Do you love stories, poems and great literature?
Would you like to find out what shared reading is?
Did you know that there are many shared reading groups going on in your local neighbourhood running every week?
Meet The Reader, an organisation that is passionate about the power of reading together.
We at The Reader are the pioneers of Shared Reading. The volunteer Reader Leaders who run our weekly groups, bring people together to read great literature aloud.
Groups are open to all, readers and non-readers alike. Come along and listen to stories and poems read aloud. It’s an opportunity to read and talk together in a friendly and relaxing environment. Free refreshments provided!
Our shared reading groups have been running locally for many years bringing shared reading to the residents of Hammersmith & Fulham. We work in libraries, community centres and other organisations spreading the joy of shared reading.
Here are what our group members have to say about shared reading:
“I’ve felt really happy since the session with you —bought myself some flowers the next day…and went for a long walk while listening to music— all in one day. Our happy thoughts trigger happy chemicals in our brain.” Aysha
“An anchor during the week”
“It always makes me feel more fulfilled than the other days”
- 95 % look forward to the group as an important event in the week
- *84% think the reading session makes them feel better*
Here are some groups to try in our local libraries:
Fulham Library, Tuesdays 10.30am – 12 noon
Hammersmith Library, Tuesdays 1.45pm – 3.15pm
Avonmore Library, Wednesdays 10.30am -12 noon
Shepherds Bush Library, Wednesdays 2pm – 3.30pm
We look forward to welcoming you to a group soon. To find other shared reading groups in your area you can contact:
Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07483 972 020
Liz at email@example.com or call 07807 106 815
More information is on the The Reader website too.
* 2017 Reader evaluation data for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea shared reading groups)