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Lockdown No Barrier to Online Bookworms

By Published June 22, 2020

LOCKDOWN'S no barrier to those looking to share a love of literature…

That's the word from the brains behind a new online initiative aiming to bring bookworms together despite the sweeping restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus.

The Virtual Book Club gets under way later this month, and will bring together grown-up book lovers from far and wide to share their favourite reads.

It's the first of a number of online social and community groups being launched by Public Health South Tees to help keep people connected and combat the isolation of lockdown.

Once a month the group will promote a book which can be bought or borrowed as an e-loan from the Libraries Service.

Members of the group then have a couple of weeks to read the book and then get together online to discuss it via video or phone - the WebEx platform used by Middlesbrough Council for online meetings can accommodate up to 100 participants.

The first book the group will tackle is Sunday Times Bestseller  - see a special message for Book Club members from Stacey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_z8U3pyj0&feature=youtu.be

Organiser Dan Stubbings, of the South Tees Public Health Service, said: "The widespread restrictions imposed by the pandemic have left many people stuck at home by themselves, and that can lead to isolation and loneliness.

"Books can be a great antidote to loneliness, and the only thing better than a good read is the chance to share and debate the experience with other readers.

"That's the idea behind the Virtual Book Club - people can share their favourite reads, make new discoveries and find new friends along the way.

"There are lots of other ways for community groups have adapted their activities to the current situation, and we'll be looking at others over the coming weeks and months."

  • The first Virtual Book Club will take place on Monday, June 22.

To find out more or to sign up, visit https://tinyurl.com/yd7a69b8

 

For the latest local updates and information, visit middlesbrough.gov.uk/covid19

For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council's support line 01642 729777

The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

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