Reading groups

Reading groups

We have lots of reading groups at our libraries, for different ages and needs.

If you'd like to join any of our reading groups, contact your local library.

Shared Reading groups

Join us for a free Shared Reading group where a trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems. You can relax, listen and join in the conversation about what we have read. 

All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits.

Find out more information about the shared reading groups in your local library by using the library finder or download a list of all the shared reading group times (pdf, 112KB) (opens new window) .

Reading group for disabled people

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living is running a free reading group for people who are disabled or chronically ill. Carers, friends and family are also welcome.

See the Central Library page for more information.

Adult groups

Most of our libraries host reading groups for adults.

The groups:

  • discuss books in a relaxed and informal atmosphere
  • are open to all and free to join
  • encourage members to choose books for the group to discuss
  • generally meet once a month, although some meet every two weeks
  • usually meet for around an hour

The Central library reading group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 5.45pm to 7pm in the Children's Library activity area. The area can be looped for those who wear hearing aids.

For more details, ring 01179036198 or email

Children's groups

Our children’s groups, or Chatterbooks, offer a child-friendly version of a reading group.

The groups:

  • use themes for each session, rather than reading a specific book
  • are open to all and free to join
  • generally meet once a month for around an hour

If your child is under eight years old, you need to stay with them during the session.

Young people’s group

There are no young people’s groups at the moment. If you’d like to be involved in starting a group for young people, contact your local library.

Visually impaired reading groups

Anyone who finds it difficult to read printed material is welcome to join.

We provide CDs and MP3s using the Calibre Audio Library and encourage members to suggest titles from the Calibre web site.

The Central Library group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12pm. 

For more details, ring 0117 903 6198 or email

Holden play readers group

The Holden Play Readers group meet monthly to read works from the Central library's drama collection. If you’re new to the group and prefer not to read, you can join just to watch.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 5.45pm to 7pm in the Children's Library activity area. The area can be looped for those who wear hearing aids.

There’s tea and coffee for a small charge.

Set up your own community reading group

Our libraries support reading groups that meet in the community, for example in members' homes or workplaces, or in cafés and pubs.

We can deliver sets of books to your local library. As a group, you can borrow the books for eight weeks.

For advice on starting and running groups see our starting a reading group guide or contact:

We also have a list of books we suggest for reading groups

You can find information on how to join the library as a group in the Group membership page.