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How to set up a reading group

reading_Group_duo_300x300Reading groups are a great way to meet new people and take part in a social activity that involves one of the nation’s favourite past time!

How to set up a reading group

  • Get friends, colleagues, family members to join your group – via phone or email, by putting up posters, or setting up a social media group.
  • Reading groups usually have around ten members  but there is no limit to this, so have as many or as few as you think best.
  • Select a book out of our suggested Reading Group Reads.
  • Decide when and where you’ll meet - this could be at your local library, pub, café, office or someone’s home.
  • Prepare a few icebreaker questions such as”What is your favourite genre/title?” or “What was the last thing you read before this book?”

Reading Group etiquette

  • Ensure everyone has the opportunity to introduce themselves before you begin.
  • It can be daunting to share personal opinions in front of everyone, so ensure you have lots of probing questions that’ll ease your group into the discussion.
  • Remember that everyone is different and will have opinions that may differ from your own, encourage people to discuss and share their views rather than trying to coerce them into sharing your own.
  • Try not to interrupt someone else’s point but do challenge or question an opinion or view that you’re confused about.
  • Most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself!

After the Reading Group ends

We hope that you’ll continue your group even after you’ve completed the Reading Group Challenge, so why not take the opportunity at the end of your first meeting to see if anyone would like to continue on?

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If you have any questions, please email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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