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Shared Reading

What is Shared Reading? Adults, as well as children enjoy being read to, and our shared reading groups give everyone the opportunity to enjoy a good story, in regular friendly sessions across Dorset.

Each group is led by a volunteer, or staff member who reads stories and poetry aloud, in bite sized snippets, with everyone invited to explore, discuss and comment as the theme unfolds.  Pioneered by The Reader (opens in a new window), shared reading is for everyone, from well-read to never-read.

Through 2017/18 Dorset Library Service has been part of the South West Region of Readers project delivered in partnership with Literature Works, The Reader, South Western Regional Library Service (SWRLS) and 6 South West Library Services, setting up new groups throughout the South West, including three in Dorset.

Visit the Reading Passport (opens in a new window) website for details of regional groups, events and news.  Our new Shared Reading App will be launched soon for mobile reading therapy. 

Shared Reading is Dementia friendly and suitable for visually impaired adults.

Shared Reading Groups in Dorset

Blandford LibraryFirst Monday of the month2.30pm - 4pm
Bridport LibraryLast Wednesday of the month3pm - 4.30pm
Christchurch Library and Learning CentreEvery Friday10.30am - 12 noon
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre5 February, 5 March, 9 April, 14 May, 4 June 201810.15am - 11.45am
Portland Tophill LibraryEvery Thursday (from 25 January 2018)10.30am - 12 noon
Weymouth LibraryEvery Monday10.30am - 12 noon


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