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Reading Groups

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If you like chatting about books, why not join one of the reading groups in Bexley's libraries? New members are always welcome.
Please contact your local Bexley library for more details
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Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries



Reading groups for adults are held in all Bexley Libraries and meet monthly.


  • Central Library  - Thursday evenings
  • Crayford Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Erith Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Wednesday evenings
  • Thamesmead Library – Monday mornings
  • Welling Library – Friday mornings


Informal, family friendly “Reader’s Choice” reading groups for parents and carers with babies and toddlers are held monthly at


  • Central Library – Thursday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Monday mornings


Welling Library also host an informal reading group called “Book Marks” where members can discuss their latest reads and pass on recommendations. This group meets monthly on Wednesday mornings.

For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a “Jane Austen Reading Group” which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursday afternoons to learn/discuss all about Jane Austen's life and her novels.

Central Library hosts a reading group for the visually impaired – the group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Guide dogs welcome.

For more information about any of these groups, when the next meeting will be held or how to join, please contact the library or visit our Regular Events for Adults Page


Bexley’s Online Reading Group

Bexley Book Buzz is the new online book group from Bexley Libraries. Hosted on the Goodreads website, it’s the place to swap tips about great reads and new authors to try and to catch up on the latest book news. Why not sign up and join in?

Its quick and easy – just click on the link below to sign up and then verify your email address to get started.

Click here to sign up


Reading Groups recommend…

From classics to crime to contemporary fiction, our book groups love discovering different things to read and passing on their recommendations.

The Central Library Reading Group have just recommended “The Colour” by Rose Tremain.

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh landscape threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.

“We loved this book… it was a well written & captivating novel about hardship and hope in 1860’s New Zealand. It’s reflecting Colonial settlements and the Gold rush with a presence of Maori mysticism. A brilliant read!”

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Hardback:The essence of malice:2017:First edition
Author: Weaver, Ashley
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Allison & Busby Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Milo Ames receives a troubling letter from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette, he and Amory travel to Paris where they are soon embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a famous parfumier. The more Amory and Milo look into the motives of industry rivals and heirs who are vying or control of his perfume empire, the more they are convinced that Nanette may be right. When secrets unfold and things take a dangerous turn, Amory and Milo must work quickly to uncover the essence of the matter and catch a killer before the scent goes cold.
350 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
Paperback:Coot Club:2013
Author: Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1934 Tom Dudgeon has cast off a motor cruiser to protect a coot's nest, but now the cruiser is searching for him. Tom accepts an invitation for a week's cruise to teach his new friends, Dick and Dorothea, how to sail. Can he complete the voyage?
490 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
Paperback:Great Northern?:2015
Author: Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967,
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1947 Dick's birdwatching discovery turns the cruise of the Sea Bear into a desperate chase. The Swallows and Amazons have to prove the facts of the case, & evade the natives & an egg-collector, determined to kill a pair of rare birds & steal the credit.
492 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)