Chatterbooks @ Caldicot Library

A new Chatterbooks Reading Group is starting in Caldicot Library on Friday 16th March 2012.  The aim of the Chatterbooks project is to inspire young people to read adventurously, develop confidence in expressing their opinions and have a good time talking about books.

Reading group members are given a special Chatterbooks bag and can then start collecting other Chatterbooks reading group materials including a reading diary and stickers.

If your child is 8 or 9 years old and would enjoy chatting about books and writing stories and poems then please let us know as soon as possible (spaces are limited).  The group will meet once a month from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

For more information please contact Caldicot Library on 01291 426425.


Chepstow Library – New Reading Group

Have you ever felt so passionate about a book that you had to talk to others about it? With this in mind a new Reading Group was welcomed to Chepstow Library on 26th May and had a lively and rewarding discussion about ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden. The new group was so enthralled with their meeting that they even forgot to decide on a name!

This is one of three Reading Groups based at Chepstow Library, all of which meet once a month to read good books together with a nice cup of tea.

Monmouthshire Libraries are able to offer Reading Groups in the county, access to a collection of books called ‘The Reading Group Collection’.

Ground Control to Major Tom…

It’s been all systems go at Usk recently with the launch of a new Library based Reading Group and the grand unveiling of an observatory in a not too distant part of the universe.  The local stars certainly shone that night.

Our intrepid group of explorers are in orbit, flying high, reading the ‘Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini this month and then travelling the solar system with ‘Travels with my Aunt’ by Graham Greene as their next adventure.

“That book saved my life”

This was a comment by one of the members at a Caldicot Library Reading Group meeting recently.  Visions of the book stopping a bullet as it travelled straight to the reader’s heart were soon laid to rest as he explained that reading “Carry Me Home” by Terri Wiltshire was the only thing that kept him sane during a long business trip.

There are a variety of reasons why people join reading groups.  It is a lovely way to meet new people, of trying books you wouldn’t have dreamed of selecting for yourself, and the discussion often helps readers to discover new things about not only the book but also about themselves.

All of our Reading Groups are thriving at the moment.  Most of the people who belong to the Afternoon Reading Group are retired (our eldest member is 96), with people of working age finding it easier to come to the Evening Group.  The meetings of the Intergenerational Reading Group at Archbishop Rowan Williams School are always fascinating, with the older people thoroughly enjoying the confident contributions from the Year 6 children.