North Yorkshire has more than 200 reading groups, with members often meeting monthly to discuss a chosen book.

Ask at your local library for details. For information on book-related events, visit our library Facebook page.

Setting up and running a reading group

There are no rules for setting up and running a reading group. The average group has six to ten members, who meet in a variety of places, including members' homes, cafés, pubs, rooms in libraries or village and church halls. Many North Yorkshire libraries have meeting rooms for hire.

Books can be chosen using information from sources including reviews, book awards and prizes and TV and radio shows.  Our leaflet outlines services we offer to reading groups (pdf / 1 MB).

Support from your local library

Using your local library can help you access the titles you want to read as a group. An annual reading group subscription (see the library charges page) entitles groups to request up to ten copies of a title, which should be requested at least two months in advance of the meeting.

The online resource Who Else Writes Like...? assists to expand your reading by suggesting new authors who write in similar styles and by listing authors by genre. Log in using your library card number.

Books are also available in alternative formats. To discuss borrowing books in large print or Braille, on CD or audio tape, contact your local library. Books can be requested by individuals or for whole groups.

Online reading group

We run an online reading group, the North Yorkshire library book group, which is ideal if you cannot get to a local group or don't have a group near you. To join, go to the Goodreads website and sign up.

Reading groups for children

Libraries around the county run reading clubs for children between eight and 12. Check with your local library for activities.

Other library events

We are always looking at new ways of enjoying books together, so ask what's going on at your library. You can also find library news and events on the libraries news and events page.

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