Reading is a great way to bring people together and make people feel more connected to their community.
Camden libraries, in partnership with Age UK Camden, are running a number of Reading Friends groups in February and March to connect people through reading and sharing stories, to meet new friends and have fun.
The groups use reading – books, magazines, newspapers, poetry and even knitting patterns – to get people together and start chatting.
Some groups are starting in February and we will be starting more soon. Below are details of how you can get involved:
Reading Friends - Poetry Reading Group
The Poetry Reading Group will start again later in October.
"Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat." Robert Frost
Reading Friends – Knitting Group
Whether you’re a regular knitter or a beginner, you can join our friendly group online:
• Tuesdays 4-5pm on Zoom.
To join the group, email: email@example.com
Note: we have knitting starter packs available for any new knitters.
Reading Friends – Read, Talk, Share Group
Run in partnership with Age UK Camden, the ‘Read, Talk, Share' group involves weekly reading aloud and discussion sessions on Zoom. Older people in Camden can join to meet new people discuss the novel, magazine article or poem being read.
• Wednesdays 10.30-11.15am on Zoom.
To join the group, call: 0207 329 0400; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Friends funding
The events are part of a national initiative called ‘Read, Talk Share’ funded by the Reading Agency and aims to support those who might feel isolated in their communities by using the power of reading. Camden have been awarded £10,000 to help fund the project.
Find out more about the Reading Agency's Reading Friends programme.
You can find out more about The Reading Agency's Read, Talk, Share campaign here: Read, Talk, Share.