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How to set up a reading group

Tips on how to set up a reading groupPeople of all ages and from all walks of life can enjoy being part of a reading group. It is a great, low cost way to meet new friends and take part in a social activity that involves a favourite past time of the nation – reading!

How to set up a reading group

  • Invite friends, colleagues, family members to join your group – you could put out phone calls, send out an email, put up a poster or even set up a facebook group.
  • Reading groups typically have about ten members but there is no right number and your group can have as many or as few as you want!
  • Choose a book out of our suggested Reading Group Challenge reads.
  • Decide on a place to meet and a date and time that works for everyone – this could be a local library, pub, café, work venue or a member’s home. There are groups that even discuss their books whilst on a walk. The possibilities are endless!
  • Prepare a few icebreaker questions such as “What was the last thing you read before this book?” or “What is your favourite genre/title?”
  • Use the exclusive discussion points provided from the authors for Read for RNIB Day to prompt conversation. These will be sent from the beginning of November to all groups who have registered to take part in the Reading Group Challenge.

Reading Group etiquette

  • It can be daunting to speak in front of everyone so make sure you are friendly and welcoming.
  • Make sure everyone has an opportunity to introduce themselves before you begin.
  • Remember that people are individuals and that everyone has a valid opinion and view. Not everyone will have the same experience whilst reading the book
  • Make sure that you do not talk over each other or interrupt someone else’s point.
  • Most importantly have fun and celebrate the joy of reading!

Continuing after the Reading Group Challenge

We hope that everyone who sets up a reading group for the challenge will really enjoy the experience. We encourage you to continue with your group after completing the challenge. Why not end your first meeting by taking suggestions and deciding upon your next read?

Sign up today!

Register for Read for RNIB Day and the Reading Group Challenge to help us change the story for blind and partially sighted readers.

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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