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Groups of people are gathering in libraries to do something they haven’t done since childhood – read aloud. And it’s all in the name of social connection.

Kate Middleton, a former University of Auckland librarian, conjured up The Reading Revolution after hearing a radio interview about the isolation and loneliness of older people.

She pondered how public libraries could help. “A lot of older people go to public libraries, they like them, and they feel safe in them, so I was thinking, ‘What else could we do to connect people socially while they’re at the library?’”

Paul Panckhurst talks to Middleton about how The Reading Revolution has grown across the motu, and the joy participants get from the activity.

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📷: Tony Nyberg

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