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Reading Friends

Reading Friends connects people by starting conversations through reading. Connections can be made by sharing a magazine article, a photo, short story, poem – anything that gets a conversation going. It's a great way to meet new people, make friends and have fun.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made this a very difficult time for many of us. We've been isolated from our friends and family, and separated from familiar ways of living and working. Reading Friends helps people to re-connect through their interests.

Reading Friends with Thurrock Libraries

Our library staff are offering befriending through regular reading phone calls until March 2021. Each phone call will be for about half an hour.

We are also organising Reading Friends online groups, including a Parents Reading Friends group to help parents to take a little time out and make connections for themselves.

All you need to take part in an online group is a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection and your own email account.

When libraries start to reopen and it’s safe for groups to meet inside again, we will organise regular groups that can meet together in person.

Reading Friends with Thurrock Libraries is part of the UK-wide Reading Friends programme from The Reading Agency.

How to join in

Our Reading Friends groups meet online every week for up to an hour on:

  • Tuesdays, from 11:15am
  • Saturdays, from 11am

Parents Reading Friends takes place every 2 weeks on Wednesdays from 7pm, starting Wednesday 10 February.

If you’re interested in reading phone calls, or would like to take part in an online group, or could volunteer to run a group, or just want to find out more, contact us below.

​​​​​​​Thurrock Reading Friends

: library.events@thurrock.gov.uk