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Friendship is one of life’s great gifts, and a reminder that we all need social connections to thrive and live well. That’s why The Reader brings people together and books to life.

To continue this work, we rely on the generosity of people like you. By joining us as a Reader Friend, you will enable more people to experience the life-changing power of literature. As a thank you, you get:

  • A warm welcome, including a joining gift.
  • Priority booking for your young Readers to family events, including the Storybarn Grotto.
  • Priority booking for selected Reader events and invitations to Friends
  • 20% discount on all purchases at The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour.
  • Regular updates on the impact of your support.

Gift Reader Friends – For the book-lover in your life, why not make your friends our friends with a gift subscription?

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  • A warm welcome from The Reader, joining gift includes a tote bag and one of our popular anthologies.

  • Invitations to Friends only events

  • Priority booking for your young Readers at the popular Storybarn Grotto and other family events

  • Priority booking for Calderstones events

Why your support matters

We are working to bring about a reading revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, because we believe it’s a tool for helping humans to survive and to live well. Your support is vital and will help us;

  • Engage children and families in unique and wonderful reading experiences

  • Improve wellbeing and reducing social isolation through our national network of Shared Reading groups

  • Sustain a vibrant programme at Calderstones that is open to all and brings people together and books to life

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