Libraries throughout Cork County are taking part in Ireland Reads a campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading on Saturday, February 25th.
Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service has teamed up with publishers, booksellers, authors, and others for the campaign, which is part of the government’s Healthy Ireland programme and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for wellbeing and enjoyment.
The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Saturday, February 25th. The pledge to read can be made at Ireland Reads where you can also see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far and sign up for reading reminders.
The website also offers book recommendations suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 1,500 recommendations from librarians all around the country for all interests and reading levels. A website user can simply enter their favourite type of book and how long they would like to read each day and the website will offer the perfect book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – so you can set yourself a challenge if you’re finding it hard to get back to reading.
Inviting everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ this month, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins said, “there are so many ways to avail of Cork County Council’s Library Service, be it online or in person at one of our 25 branches and 4 mobile libraries operating throughout the county. Our libraries have lots planned for all ages throughout the month of February and for Ireland Reads Day on February 25th. Visit Cork County Council Library and Arts Service on social media for details of what’s happening near you. It’s never too late to take up reading, rediscover your favourite book or share a story with family.”
To celebrate Ireland Reads in Cork County, Author Elizabeth Murray will visit Schull Library on February 22nd, while authors Catherine Kirwan and David King will visit Youghal Library on February 25th with further events to be announced.
Find out about all that’s happening for Ireland Reads by contacting your local libraryor get book recommendations and take the pledge to read on Saturday, February 25th by visiting Ireland Reads.
Source: Cork County Council