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The Reader is bringing about a Reading Revolution across the UK, so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe helps humans survive and live well. From our global Shared Reading movement, to our home in the Mansion House at Calderstones, The Reader builds lively communities that bring people together and books to life.

We rely on the support and generosity of individuals like you to help us to change lives through Shared Reading across the UK, and to support The Reader’s vibrant programme of daily activities and events at our home in Calderstones Park .

By becoming a Reader Friend, you’ll be helping more people to experience the life-changing power of literature, enabling children and families to engage in unique and wonderful reading experiences, and helping to improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation through our national network of Shared Reading groups.

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  • A warm welcome from The Reader, including a joining gift.

  • Priority booking for selected Reader events and invitations to Friends get-togethers.

  • Priority booking for your young Readers to family events, including the Storybarn Grotto.

  • 20% discount on all purchases at The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour.

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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