World Book Day (updated) is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the globe. Its main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. But adults aren’t excluded from the fun happening on Thursday, March 3.
In fact reading is one of the few hobbies than can genuinely span the generations.
Keen readers among the residents at Thamesfield Retirement Village, in Henley on Thames formed their own Reading Club more than a year ago. Half a dozen residents meet up every six weeks to discuss their chosen book and decide on the next novel to tackle. At the last meeting the Reading Group spent more than an hour discussing a Bill Bryson offering. And the book they all have their noses in at the moment is Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser.
Thamesfield’s activities co-ordinator Louise Light said: “World Book Day is a wonderful way to encourage children to pick up a book and, as our residents prove, reading is a hobby that can last a lifetime. Not only does reading keep your brain active, a Reading Group is an ideal way to promote discussion and social interaction.”