Libraries throughout County Kildare 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 Friday, 25th February, where everyone will be asked to ‘squeeze in a read’ for ‘Ireland Reads’ Day.
Libraries in Kildare and around the country have 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.
A pledge to read can be made at www.irelandreads.ie where you can see how much reading 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.
Campaign partners and libraries all over the country will be running ‘Ireland Reads’ initiatives and events throughout February. As part of the Little Libraries initiative, all early learning and care settings will be invited to an Ireland Reads event through their local library.
A number of well-known campaign ambassadors are on board to help promote the campaign, including Marian Keyes, Joe Duffy, Colm Tóibín, Rick O’Shea, Liz Nugent and more. You can find out what reading means to them and why they support the campaign at www.irelandreads.ie.
For further information on all that’s happening for ‘Ireland Reads’, book recommendations, and to take the pledge to read on Friday, 25th February, visit www.irelandreads.ie or sign up to the Kildare Library events newsletter for updates on event information.