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Read Together online book clubs for adults

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Galway

Programme: Galway City

WHO Theme: Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected, Switching Off And Being Creative

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Financial, Galway Public Libraries' staff working on project

Cost: 1000-5000


Three online book clubs for adults were established, hosted by a local author and facilitated by Galway Public Library service. Read Together online book clubs meet monthly to discuss a selected book. The books are chosen based on suggestions from group members, with guidance from author Elizabeth Reapy, who hosts the monthly meetings. Galway Public Library staff developed the initiative, promoted the book clubs on social media and in local media, and recruited group members. There are 45 participants between the three groups and feedback from group members has been extremely positive.

Aim of Initiative

Adult readers in Galway city and county. Many of the group members are older people.

Who is it aimed at

Adult readers in Galway city and county. Many of the group members are older people.

Steps critical to success

  1. Team effort, Galway Public Libraries working in tandem with Galway City Council
  2. Including an author as host
  3. Library staff have years of experience hosting book clubs in libraries

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Administration
  2. Advertising
  3. Keeping momentum going

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. 45 readers enjoying online meetings with other avid readers
  2. Reaching out and staying connected during the pandemic
  3. Switching off and being creative, particularly for older people

Siobhan Arkins, Galway City Council and Galway Public Libraries, Caitriona Morgan, Galway City Council,