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Kerry’s going to do it by the book

The campaign encourages everyone to squeeze in a read on Thursday and a dedicated website www.irelandreads.ie has been set up where people can pledge to read on the day

KERRY Library has teamed up with other libraries and authors nationwide for a new campaign to get the whole country reading in the lead up to and for a national day of reading on this Thursday.

The Ireland Reads campaign, which is part of the government’s Keep Well initiative, aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for wellbeing and enjoyment, particularly during lockdown.

The campaign encourages everyone to squeeze in a read on Thursday and a dedicated website www.irelandreads.ie 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 with more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country.

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!

Campaign partners and libraries all over the country will be running Ireland Reads initiatives and events throughout February, including encouraging book clubs holding meetings online, introductions to local authors, Irish language story days for children and taking a pledge to read a newspaper.

Mayor Patrick Connor Scarteen
County Librarian Tommy O’Connor

A number of well-known campaign ambassadors from the worlds of writing, science, sport, health and broadcasting are on board to help promote the campaign and the public can find out what reading means to them and why they support the campaign at www.irelandreads.ie.

The celebrities lined up include Rick O’Shea, Áine Ní Ghlinn, Emma Donoghue, Sarah Webb, Sebastian Barry, Frank Ormsby, Luke O’Neill, Kevin Barry, Patricia Scanlan and Melanie Murphy.

Mayor of Kerry, Patrick O’Connor Scarteen, is urging the people of Kerry to join the initiative and pledge to take some personal reading time or to share with family.

“I invite people to look up the Kerry Library website to see the wide range of resources that are available free of charge. Libraries may be closed at present but their excellent online services are still available,” he said.

Kerry County Librarian, Tommy O’Connor, remarked: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid reader, a reluctant reader, a lapsed reader or a new reader but people should use Ireland Reads Day to avail of the 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,” he said.

Kerry Library provides e-books, e-audio, e-newspapers, e-magazines, e-learning courses, e-languages and e-comics on its website www.kerrylibrary.ie.

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