Reading Friends weekly calls

  • Held daily from 12am till 11:59pm between 20 May and 31 December 2021
  • Location: Online / Virtual
  • Cost: Free

Havering libraries are part of the nationwide Reading Friends initiative. Library staff can contact anyone requesting a weekly call to chat about favourite books, authors, radio news or newspapers.

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It is good to talk and we at Havering Libraries are passionate about our community coming together.

We’ve signed up to the national Reading Friends scheme and invite you or someone you know to connect via telephone with one of our lovely, specially trained befrienders - whether for a weekly chat to discuss varied topics or simply to share memories, thoughts and perhaps even read some great books together.

We hope these conversations will foster friendly companionship and lessen the impact of social isolation and loneliness.

We believe in the power of stories and wholeheartedly encourage them to emerge and recognise that in addition to conversation, books, articles, magazines and newspapers are also invaluable tools in this endeavour.

To take part in our befriending service please email 

All chitchat and tall tales welcome.