Take the Pledge to Read More During Lock-down with Ireland Reads

Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month and it celebrates its national day tomorrow, Thursday, February 25th.

Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading tomorrow, Thursday, February 25th.

Kerry Library has teamed up with libraries nationwide and some local authors for the campaign, which is part of the government’s Keep Well initiative and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for well-being and enjoyment.

Squeeze in a Read

The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Thursday, February 25th and a dedicated website has been set up where people can pledge to read on the day.

The website also offers book recommendations suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country.

A Couch to 5k for Books

A website user can simply enter their favourite type of book and how long they would like to read each day and in return get a suitable book suggestion and with an estimate of how long it will take to read – A Couch to 5k for books!

Kerry County Librarian, Tommy O’Connor, in support of the campaign says that it doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid reader, a reluctant reader, a lapsed reader or a new reader but to use Ireland Reads Day to use some of the available library online sources.

“Right now, many of the activities we used to take for granted are not available to us, but you can always enjoy a good book, newspaper or magazine,” said Mr. O’Connor.

See some of what’s planned with a click on the link here: www.irelandreads.ie 

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