Read, Talk, Share

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Read, Talk, Share is a Reading Agency campaign designed to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through the proven power of reading during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the campaign funded by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we have been awarded a grant to expand our 'Reading Friends' scheme and the refresh our 'Reading Well: Books on Prescription' mental health collection for children, young people and adults.

'Reading Friends' - combating loneliness

Reading Friends is a shared reading and befriending programme that uses reading to bring people together to tackle loneliness and isolation. Our trained library staff will run individual or group sessions and use books, magazines, newspapers or anything to do with reading to start conversations.

Reading Friends met face-to-face in libraries prior to Covid-19 and the scheme can also be delivered via telephone and virtual models. An evaluation of the Reading Friends scheme found that 83% of participants and 95% of volunteers felt connected to other people after taking part.

The scheme is open to anyone in the local community who would like to join a group. If you are interested in joining a group please email library.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk with your contact details and we’ll get back to you.

'Reading Well' - more titles to loan

Every library in England will be gifted 'Reading Well' mental health book collections for children, young people and adults by the Reading Agency, including titles in e-book and e-audio format, making this collection as inclusive and accessible as possible. 

Topics explored include:

  • mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy
  • coping with grief, anxiety, depression and stress
  • understanding bullies, body dysmorphia, ADHD, autism, OCD and much more.

We already have Reading Well collections at our library sites that are available to borrow now. Take a look at the booklists then check on the online library catalogue and Read Liverpool for specific titles.