Shropshire Council

Books Aloud

Books Aloud groups offer a simple but enjoyable activity. Adults can drop in to their local group, pull up a chair and relax while staff and volunteers read extracts from fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Readings are expertly selected on entertaining and thought-provoking themes such as Back to School, Courage, and Whatever the Weather.

Books Aloud groups offer the ideal opportunity to meet others in an easy-going environment and enjoy some gentle mental stimulation in a relaxed way. Regular members find many benefits in coming along, commenting, “You spark our imaginations and curiosity” and “It enhances your wellbeing, really; you drop a bit of your own stuff – it lifts you.” For some members, the opportunity to share a little conversation is a big attraction, while others find that they’re introduced to books they might not have come across otherwise. It’s also a sociable and accessible event for those with sight loss. For all, there’s a special magic in simply sitting back and being read to.

Groups generally meet on a monthly basis, though some are fortnightly. Call 01743 255031 or email libraries@shropshire.gov.uk to find your nearest group.