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Readers Groups

Central Library Reading Group

We are a friendly group which meets approximately every six weeks at 7.00pm on a Wednesday to talk about books.

On Wednesday 7 October 2009 we will be discussing the works of Alexander McCall Smith.  He has written a wide variety of books set in places ranging from Scotland to Botswana.

If you would like more information about the group please enquire at the Help Points on the first and second floors, telephone: 01793 463238, or e-mail: jwignall@swindon.gov.uk.

Central Library Sunday Reading Group

From Sunday 4 October 2009, Central library is hosting a reading group, which will meet on the first Sunday of each month at 11am in the library café. We will spend a couple of hours chatting about the selected title and you can also take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer on all hot drinks if you wish.  

The Sunday Reading Group will be a friendly and inclusive group, open to all. If youve never been to a Reading Group before, why not give us a go! Just come to the 1st floor HelpPoint to register your interest and pick up a book (subject to availability). The first title is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Highworth Library Reading Groups

Highworth reading group

Highworth Library runs three lively minded, diverse and approachable groups.

Tuesday Reading Group

The last time the group met was on Tuesday 8 September 2009.  The next meeting will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 20 October 2009.  We will be reviewing the book by Danny Scheinmann - Random Acts of Heroic Love

We now have a waiting list in place for this Reading Group, if anyone would like to add their name to the list please telephone Highworth Library on 01793 462500.

Wednesday Reading Group

This group meets once a month on a Wednesday in Highworth Library at 10.45. We last met on Wednesday 2 September 2009 and had a very busy, lively and wide ranging discussion about books read in August and during the previous few months.  We discussed travelogues - why and when we read them, are they as good as the definitive and original Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. Most people seemed to think they were not, apart from the first book by Carol Drinkwater.  We compared the writing with that of Julia Gregson in East of the Sun who evoked many remininscences for one of our members who has lived in India - in conclusion geographical and historical details take any novel into a new dimension.  One book which only had one fan was Mrs P's Journey By which was about the lady who created the A-Z map company. This was far too long for most.

The books read durng August were about life with a pet - Marley and me by John Grogan and Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron.  We discussed whether our reactions depended on whether we preferred cats to dogs and the effect of the cover on whether the book would be picked up at all(!) - mixed responses.  The book about Dewy showed inconsistent writing style and raised the thought that it had been written to raise money for the library (?) Marley and me was regarded as being quite entertaining though a bit "US smaltzy".  We did again discuss the effect we fell publishers have on the frequency of publishing, the storyline and the cover for a book.

Books to read in September 2009 are The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twian.  Members also have the opportunity to help evaluate the entries in the Hookline publishers novel competition for 2009.  8 titles are available for them to read before October 2009.

We are a very friendly group who meet once a month to discuss books we have read and pass our time with friends, tea and biscuits.  If you would like to join us please either leave your contact details with a member of the library staff or just turn up at our next meeting on Wednesday 30 September 2009.

Thursday Reading Group

Highworth Library holds an evening reading group on the second Thursday of each month.  It starts at 6pm and usually runs for about an hour.

Our next meeting will be on 8 October 2009 when we shall be discussing  Amenable Women by Mavis Cheek.

We are a friendly and informal group and still have spaces for new members - if you haven't already discovered the joys of a reading group, we hope you'll give it a try - it's amazing how much more you get out of a book by sharing it with others!  Just come along on the night or contact Highworth Library if you would like further information.

"Bonkers for Books" Children's Reading Group

Five children attended today.  We discussed the books we have read or are reading.

  • Judy Moody Saves The World by Megan McDonald is “really good at the beginning and in the middle but has a disappointing ending”
  • Daisy and the Trouble With Zoos and Daisy and the trouble with Giants by Kes Gray received enthusiastic reviews “cool and funny”
  • Knife by B J Anderson comes highly recommended being packed full of action, adventure and fantasy and it has a happy ending.
  • Dessert Diva by Carrie Bright is recommended for 9+. “A fun book but not brilliant.”

Another member of the Group is now reading Christian the Lion – this is based on a true story and received a lot of publicity when footage of the reunion between Christian, Anthony Bourke and John Rendall was posted on YouTube. 

Pandemonium at School by Jeremy Strong is ”really good and very funny”

Iron Hand by Charlie Fletcher has been finished and is now being read by the member’s Mum.  Quotes like  “You’ll die.” “Yeah! But you’ll die first” give something of a flavour.

Philip Caveney’s “Sebastian Darke Prince of Pirates” and “Sebastian Darke Prince of Explorers” are being read and this is very appropriate as the huge news is that Highworth Library’s Children’s Book Group, Bonkers for Books, has won the Bodley Head Children’s Book Club of the Year Award and we couldn’t be more pleased!!  The feedback we received was very enthusiastic. The Editorial staff loved our artwork and particularly enjoyed our DVD of the Group re-enacting a scene from Shadow Forest by Matt Haig. The prize includes signed copies of all the books the Bodley Head sent to us and an author visit.

The author who will be coming to Highworth, to meet the Group, is ……Philip Caveney.

The event is being arranged and, hopefully, will take place during the school holiday.

We will not meet again before then, but details of the next meeting and the celebrations for the Book Club of the Year Award will follow.

If you would like more information about the groups, please telephone Highworth Library on 01793 463500, or contact us by email at highworth.library@swindon.gov.uk

Liden Library Reading Group

Our next meeting will be on 13 August 2009, when we will be discussing The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

Our group is very full so unfortunately we cannot take any new members at present.

The group generally meet every six weeks, on a Tuesday evening between 6 - 7pm.

If you would like more information about the group, please telephone Liden Library on 01793 463504, or contact us by email at liden.library@swindon.gov.uk

Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library Reading Group

Moredon Reading Group Meetings 2009   (43Kb Downloadable PDF)

This month we are reading On The Edge of Darkness by Barbara Erskine which we will be discussing at the group's next meeting on Thursday 27 August 2009, starting at 6pm.  New members are always welcome so if you would like more infomration please telephone the Library on 01793 464490.

Provisional dates for future meetings for the remainder of 2009 are:

  • 24 September 2009
  • 29 October 2009
  • 26 November 2009
  • No meeting is planned for December 2009

New members are always welcome so if you would like more details please call Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library on 01793 464490 or Caroline Blake on 01793 707124.

North Swindon Library Reading Group

Our group is informal, relaxed and chatty and we would welcome any new members.

The next title for North Swindon Library Readers' Group is The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman.  The meeting will be on the 14 October 2009 at the usual time of 6.30 pm until 8.00pm.  Anyone who has read the book and is interested in discussing it is welcome to attend.

If you would like to find out more or become involved please telephone 01793 707120 and ask for Gwyneth or email northswindon.library@swindon.gov.uk or ask at the main desk next time you are in the library.

Park Library Reading Group

The next meeting will be on Monday 5 October 2009 and, instead of all reading the same book and talking about it, the members will be bringing a poem of their own choice to read out, and explain what they like and find interesting about it.  

The most recent book we discussed was The Great Lover, a novel about Rupert Brooke (a Richard & Judy 2009 Summer Read), so there may well be poems by him and other First World War poets brought to the meeting.

Our group usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 10am. You are welcome to come along and join us for the discussion and a cup of tea or coffee. If you are interested please ring or email the library or come in and talk to a member of staff.

West Swindon Library Reading Group

Tuesday Reading Group

West Swindon Reading group started up in September 2004 and is now a thriving and lively group.

The Reading Group is so successful that at the moment we are unable to take on any more new members.  If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, please contact Tracey Dowling, Telephone: 01793 465554  or email tdowling@swindon.gov.uk

Thursday Reading Group

We have 11 members at the moment, so we are more or less full.  Our group meets at 11.00am for one hour   

Dates for future meetings are as follows:  

  • 13 August 2009
  • 17 September 2009
  • 15 October 2009
  • 19 November 2009
  • 10 December 2009

The book we are reading for discussion at the August meeting is Random Deaths and Custard by Catrin Dafydd.

For more details on our next meeting or book choice, please contact West Swindon Library on 01793 465555 or e-mail westswindon.library@swindon.gov.uk.

Wroughton Library Reading Group

If you would like to participate in the Wroughton Library Reading Group, contact Wroughton Library by telephone on 01793 464496 or email wroughton.library@swindon.gov.uk

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