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Short Stories for Salford Community Libraries

Posted Thursday 20 February 2014 by Sarah Hall, Salford Libraries in Latest Libraries News

The Worsley Village Group

Two successful short story reading groups have been set up in Salford Community Libraries, and more are on their way. Led by experienced reading group leader, Dr Mariana Casale O’Ryan, the groups are based at Walkden and Worsley Village libraries, and have been meeting fortnightly since November 2013. Mariana lives in Worsley and has worked with the Reader Organisation and runs several reading groups, The Reading Rooms (


Of course, short stories are great for people with a busy life style, but group members are discovering that there’s much to them than just a ‘quick read’.

“I’ve started reading in a different way”, said one group member, “…starting to look out for details and other clues that I would have glossed over if reading a novel”.

Another member, an occupational therapist by profession, spoke of what he saw as the therapeutic value of the group sessions:  “I'd had an awful day on Tuesday and after the group felt much better.  I think it's the considered way the 'human experience' is handled which is no doubt a healthy activity… there is certainly something bibliotherapeutic going on.” 

Further groups are planned for other Salford libraries in the Spring and later this year.

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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