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Shared Reading groups bring people together through great literature to talk, laugh and share.  We have serious conversation and good fun.  Just drop in and enjoy listening to a story or poem – there's no homework, and no pressure to read or talk.

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Crowdfunding

We are raising money to allow us to train more volunteers, and so enable our groups to continue and flourish. Can you help us?  If you would like to support us, please click here to go to our justgiving page where you will be able to make a donation,

Every little bit helps! Thank you.

Volunteer for Lutterworth

Do you live near Lutterworth? Ashby is not the only area where we would like to set up shared reading. We are also exploring the idea of setting up a group in Lutterworth, and are looking for volunteers to help run the weekly sessions.

 

If you think this might be of interest, why not visit one of our groups first of all, to see for yourself how shared reading works? You can see when and where we meet here. Find out more about what's involved in being a volunteer group leader here.

Watch this space for further opportunities in your local area as they become available.

'Will I enjoy shared reading?'

 

The value of the shared reading experience to our members has become clearer than ever during the pandemic, when many of them are at home and alone.  We have received some lovely feedback about our 'virtual' meetings and WhatsApp chats:

"I am so glad I saw the poster in the library. Joining this group is the best thing I have done for me for years. [It] has made the world of difference to me, even more so in the present circumstances. I just love it. Thank you everyone."

"I think this is a story relevant for these times. The current news is so disturbing we have focus to on our gardens and cooking to stay sane! Thank you again, for organising Shared Reading especially at this strange time. It is so appreciated."

"What a wonderful group of people you are. So many moving experiences that you are able to share with such joy."

"I have very much enjoyed the group & certainly found it a lifeline during the depths of lock down when it was sometimes my only chance to join in a conversation!"

Ashby group relaunch

 

In March 2020 we set up a new shared reading group in Ashby library.  Sadly, it only managed to meet for two weeks before Covid struck and our world changed.  We are delighted to announce that we are now able to relaunch the group! The first meeting will be on

 

Monday 15th November

from 10.30am - noon

and it will meet at the same time every week after that. As with all our library groups there is no need to book - you can just drop in, listen to the stories and poems, and join in the chat if you want to - but not if you would prefer to just sit quietly and listen.

The new group also presents a new volunteering opportunity: to ensure its long-term success we are looking for someone to join Kay and Terri, our volunteers in NW Leics, to share the leading of this group and the one in Coalville library. Do you enjoy reading for pleasure? Would you be confident reading out loud to a group?  If you like the sound of this, we would like you to attend the new group at Ashby Library for a few weeks so that you get a good idea of what shared reading is all about, and what the role involves; you will then be able to apply for the role.

Volunteer Reader Leaders benefit from free, specialised training, currently on Zoom, and lots of support. Once trained, you would work in partnership with Kay and Terri.  

You can find more details about what is involved in being a volunteer leader here.

LSR in the local press

Our work recently had some coverage in Kirby Muxloe's community magazine, The Lantern. Helena, one of our volunteer team, wrote about what it is like to lead a shared reading group, and Rosemary, a group member, wrote about being in a group.  You can read their article here.

Moving back to libraries

We were delighted to hear that our partners, Leicestershire Libraries, would be welcoming groups back into their premises from the start of August. 

Most of our groups who started as real-life groups in libraries will gradually return, offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know new people and enjoy exploring stories and poems in safe surroundings.

Our Coalville Library group is now back in the library and  meeting every Tuesday from 1.00-2.30pm. The group meets in a well-ventilated room at the back of the library - masks are optional.

We were very pleased to be able to re-launch our Glenfield Library group, which had been dormant for nearly 18 months.  The group meets from 10.15-11.45am every Friday at the library.

While these two groups are open to new members, other library groups are at capacity and unable to accept new members.  However, our Zoom groups on Wednesday evenings and Thursday afternoons are still accepting new members.

Our current groups are listed here.

“Shared reading is a wonderful way of meeting like-minded people. It’s a way of exploring different perspectives on life and appreciating different views”

Leicestershire group member

Want to join us?

Our groups are open to everyone, subject to capacity.  If you'd like to join one and experience shared reading for yourself, find out about our groups here and get in touch using one of the methods below. It's free, there's no homework or preparation to do, and no obligation to attend every week.

If you'd like to join one of our Zoom-based groups, you'll need a device and a stable internet connection.

We look forward to hearing from you!