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Reading & Writing Groups

We have Readers and Writers Groups For All!

If you are looking to join a group you have come to the right place.  We have informal, friendly groups and new members are always welcome!

Readers Groups

Please see details below of the reading groups that are currently running, for more information or to book call your local library, details for all of our Libraries can be found HERE

How about starting up your own Readers group?  For the digital users amongst us we select one title per month which has unlimited loans for both Audio and eBook – the unlimited titles are listed at the top of our Borrowbox page.  For those who prefer the feeling of a real book we have a selection of titles with around 12 copies available on request, listed HERE

In The Library Readers Groups

Readers GroupVenueDayTime
Readers Group OneGalashiels LibraryFirst Monday each Month14:00
Peebles Library Readers GroupPeebles LibraryLast Monday each Month10:30
Kelso Library Readers’ GroupKelso Library Contact CentreLast Tuesday each Month14:30
The Monday Book GroupHawick LibraryFirst Monday each Month14.30

Open Book Shared Reading Group

Join us for a different reading group experience.  The group has the same friendly welcome but the difference is you don’t need to read anything in advance.  Our leader reads part of a novel, a short story or poem aloud.  Everyone receives a copy of the text so you can read along if you wish.  Sit back and relax as your group dives into new stories and old favourites, centred around a monthly theme.

If you would like more information about shared reading and the benefits of the group visit Open Book.

As this group is small and friendly booking is essential – just click on the link below to secure your place.  If you would like further information about this group or have issues booking please contact Galashiels Library on 01896 664170 or email libgalashiels@liveborders1.org.uk

Open Book Shared Reading GroupGalashiels LibraryLast Tuesday of each Month14:00 – 15:00Open Book Galashiels Library Group

Online Readers Groups

Our Online Reading Groups meet once a month and with two types of groups for you to choose from all you need to do is pick your favourite!

Download Readers Group
Download and read the monthly selected title then meet and discuss – members will require a Digital Library membership and access to Borrowbox

Read Your Own Readers Group
Members will come together to discuss their current read whether it be fiction, non-fiction, a magazine article or even a play. The group offers the opportunity to learn about different authors and broaden your own reading horizons. Members are given the chance to evaluate and share what they have been reading with the rest of the group.

For more information and joining details contact Galashiels Library on 01896 664170 or email libgalashiels@liveborders1.org.uk 

The reading groups can accommodate 10 people and run on the first Monday of every month:

Download GroupTimeRead Your Own GroupTime
First Monday each month15:00First Monday each month13:30

The Walk and Talk Book Group is not your usual book group!

Meetings start with a walk in the local area and then head back to the Library to discuss the book of the month. At each meeting group members will receive a new title to read for discussion at the next monthly meeting.  Please see below for details of when the walks will take place.

To book a place on our walk and talk groups or for more information please contact Galashiels Library on 01896 664170 or email libgalashiels@liveborders1.org.uk

**Melrose Walk and Talk Book Group Restarting – 30 May 2024**

GroupMeeting PlaceDayTime
Melrose groupMelrose LibraryLast Thursday each Month09:45
Eyemouth groupEyemouth LibraryFirst Tuesday each month14:00
Galashiels groupGalashiels LibraryFirst Tuesday each month10:00

Book Blether

Are you fed up reading the same books?  Want to try something new but not sure where to start?   Come and join us for Book Blether.

Our informal groups share what they have been reading, recommend new titles and share inspiration.

GalashielsGalashiels LibraryCurrently Taking a BreakBe Back Soon
PeeblesPeebles Library, Gallery & MuseumFirst Thursday each month2.30pm

For more information contact your preferred Library –

Galashiels Library on 01896 664170 or email libgalashiels@liveborders1.org.uk

Peebles Library on 01721 726333 or email libpeebles@liveborders1.org.uk

Writers Groups

Our writing groups are informal and supportive and a warm welcome is guaranteed.

Hawick Library Writers GroupHawick Library2nd Tuesday each month13.30
Peebles Writers GroupPeebles Library, Gallery & MuseumFirst Monday each month10.30
Peebles ScribblersPeebles Library, Gallery & MuseumEvery Thursday10.30

For more information and to join any of our Writers Groups please email or call the relevant library.

Hawick Library – Tel: 01450 364640 or email libhawick@liveborders1.org.uk

Peebles Library, Gallery & Museum – Tel: 01721 726333 or email libpeebles@liveborders1.org.uk

Please note – Peebles Scribblers are an independent, small and lively group who devise a programme of workshops and are committed to improving their written work.  Peebles Library will pass on your contact details to them.