The Reader: bringing people together and books to life

The Reader: bringing people together and books to life
Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ
Saturday 25 May
Free event

The Reader is a national charity with a mission to bring about a reading revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which it believes is a tool for helping humans survive and live well. Through a growing movement of 1,000 volunteers and partners across different sectors, the organisation currently brings over 2,500 Readers together each month in groups across the UK to share and discuss great novels, plays and poems through Shared Reading. Shared Reading is a powerful group experience that sparks connection, reflection and discovery. By reading with people in community centres, libraries, care homes, hospitals, prisons, recovery settings and workplaces, The Reader’s work helps to improve wellbeing, reduce isolation and build stronger communities. Funded by Arts Council England, The Reader is currently working with Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham library services to deliver weekly Shared Reading groups across South Yorkshire that connect communities and promote wellbeing through meaningful activity.
As part of the Sheaf Poetry Festival, a morning of Shared Reading sessions
(comprising four half-hour slots) will take place in Sheffield Central Library. The sessions start at the following times: 10:15am, 10:55am, 11:35am and 12:15pm. You can book your place by emailing the Central Library Reading Room at or by telephone on  0114 273 4712.

Visit or follow @thereaderorg on social to find out more.

Access Information:
Sheffield Central Library
has a level access entrance and a lift, but no accessible toilets.