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Lyz Jones (standing 3rd right) presents certificates to members of the reading group. Picture bY FRANK REID
Lyz Jones (standing 3rd right) presents certificates to members of the reading group. Picture bY FRANK REID

BRILLIANT bookworms from across the globe found a joint love in reading.

The 12-strong group, which included economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, took part in the Six Book Challenge, which saw them read six different books and compare notes.

The council-ran scheme took place at Hartlepool’s Central Library, in York Road. with the members, whose nationalities included North Korean, Filipino, Indian, Dutch and German.

They were all presented with certificates to mark their efforts during the weekly sessions.

Lyz Jones, a library officer, said: “It was great to see so many people from different cultures all together and sharing ideas.

“The conversations that were going on were amazing. Everyone had such different opinions.

“One of the books was about the wars and it was interesting to see how they had all been told different things by their parents. It was mind blowing.

“They all wanted to learn and improve their English. It is a good way for them to feel part of the community.”

Sandra Brauer, 28, who is originally from Germany and works for Hartlepool Borough Council’s cultural services department, added: “It’s nice to get to know other people who come from different countries and share experiences.

“We always have quite a lot of fun in the group. It’s quite nice to discuss books.

“I do a lot of reading anyway and it’s good to get other people’s views.”