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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, shared reading is for everyone, from well-read to never-read.

Through 2017/18 Dorset Library Service was 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) 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

LibraryFrequencyTime
Blandford Library First Monday of the month 2.30pm to 4pm
Bridport Library

Last Wednesday of the month

Wednesday 28 November WWI inspired session

3pm to 4.30pm
Christchurch Library and Learning Centre

Every  Wednesday

Friday group not running during August 2018

10.30am to midday
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Mondays - 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November, 3rd December 2018 10.15am to 11.45am
Portland Tophill Library

Every Thursday

Thursday 8 November WWI inspired session

10.30am to midday
Weymouth Library

Every Monday

Monday 12 November WWI inspired session

10.30am to midday

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