Reading’s a fabulous hobby as you don’t need specialist equipment or perfect weather, and it’s relatively inexpensive or even free if you make good use of your local library.  Whatever your preferred genre, and whether you see reading as pure escapism or a means of becoming better informed, there’s no doubt that it’s a very enriching activity. Why not take it to the next level?

Here at the library, not surprisingly, we couldn’t imagine life without books.  We’re proud to offer not one but two book groups, which are a great way of getting more out of your reading, enjoying the company of like-minded people and discovering authors and titles that you might not otherwise have chosen.  Once a month, the sessions cater for everyone as there’s both a morning group (10.30-12.30 on the second Tuesday in the month) and a sundowners’  group (5.45-6.45pm on the third Tuesday in the month) and there’s no charge.

Both groups would love to welcome new members to these informal meetings.  They’re self-managed without a leader, with plenty of opportunity to share opinions, which of course are not necessarily unanimous!  Our Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Pearsall, who attends the evening group, comments “Fresh eyes on something you’ve read often crystallises your own thoughts. It’s perfectly ok not to finish a set book if you don’t get on well with it for whatever reason, but sometimes members find the least promising books turn out to be a revelation.”

Everyone is free to make recommendations and two books per month are chosen.  More often than not they are works of fiction, recent titles being John Le Carré’s The Night Manager and John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley.  What suggestions would you bring, and why not give it a go?

The April meetings are on 11th April (morning group, 10.30-12.30) and 18th April (sundowners, 5.45-6.45pm).