The library and information service encourages reading for adults and children across the borough, with lots of events and activities throughout the year. The emphasis is on reading for pleasure.

If you have got out of the habit of reading, or need to boost your confidence, try the Quick Reads collection or take the Read It challenge – read 6 books of your choice and tell us what you thought about them in a special reading diary.

If you would like to start your own reading group, we can loan sets of novels for a small charge. Please contact us to find out more.

If you are a keen reader we run the following reading groups:

  • Livesey Library Book Club
    Meets on the second Monday of each month, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Books @ the pub
    Meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 pm  and  7.30 pm at the Postal Order pub on Darwen Street.
  • Tuesday reading group: Meets every Tuesday morning from 10.15 am – 11.45 am at Blackburn library

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Time to Read

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