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First reader-in-residence for four Norfolk libraries

03 March 2020

Friendly social gatherings led by Norfolk County Council library service’s first reader-in-residence, Margaret Meyer, start this Wednesday, 4 March, in Gorleston and Great Yarmouth libraries.

The weekly ‘Tea and Time for You’ workshops, running at four libraries throughout 2020, are set to help boost reading skills and cut social isolation. The programme has been made possible by a successful bid by the libraries team for £28,600 funding from Arts Council England.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “Everyone is welcome and the fun and informal groups are ideal for anyone who wants to try something new, meet others and relax once a week. Come and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake while listening to Norfolk writer Margaret Meyer read aloud her favourite stories.”

Workshops at Caister library will be getting underway in April, and sessions in Norwich at the Millennium library will be starting in September. The sessions at Gorleston and Great Yarmouth libraries will be running until the summer.

It is hoped that the sessions will help people to read more widely and more often, both individually and in groups and to meet and talk to like-minded people.

To help support people to get to the workshops there is the opportunity of help with bus or taxi fares. People are urged to ask their local library manager for more information.

This is one of many weekly activities available to residents in all Norfolk libraries including; weekly Bounce and Rhyme sessions for parents and babies and Just a Cuppa where residents can just pop in for a cuppa and a chat with others. For more information about what’s on in your local library visit

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