Shared Reading can help you regain that sense of wonder and enjoyment in a good story well told.
The Barry Library Shared Reading group meets at 1:00pm on Fridays in the small Community Room upstairs. Refreshments are provided free of charge.
We all need a break from our busy lives, a moment of relaxation and "me" time. Shared Reading groups can be set up in all sorts of venues: coffee shops and cafes, mother and toddler groups, care homes, surgeries, hostels, prisons and yes, even libraries!
All members of the group are given copies of the chosen text - a poem or short story for instance - and one member of the group, usually the facilitator, reads it aloud. Much of the benefit comes from the opportunity to then discuss the reading in a safe group environment.
"It's all about achieving an emotional connection with the literature" says one reader.
"I hadn't read poetry since school, but talking it through helps me understand it better and I love it so much I'm even writing my own poetry now!" says another.
Shared Reading has also been found to be beneficial to people suffering loss, loneliness, depression and those in the early stages of dementia.