As well as our annual reading initiative we plan and run a year-round programme of outreach work within the local community, in partnership with various local organisations and Brighton & Hove Library Services.
What happens at a Shared Reading group?
Shared reading groups are informal meeting spaces in which participants can, if they choose to, take turns to read aloud from a chosen book. Alternatively some group members choose to just listen and enjoy the story – everyone is welcome! Each of our groups is led by two experienced and trained volunteers who are always pleased to be able to welcome new members.
As well as our library-based groups, which are open to everyone, Collected Works CIC has set up many Shared Reading Groups within the community targeted at people who have specific needs. Our Active at 60 groups were created for older, isolated readers, Read to Recovery groups (2012) were set up for people experiencing mental health issues and more recently Street Readers (2015/16) has been working with people who are either homeless or vulnerably housed. We also piloted (in 2015) a shared reading group for young people (aged 12 – 16) and are currently developing this model with a view to launching several young peoples’ shared reading groups across the city.