Campaign to get Ireland reading is back for February
Pledge to read and find the perfect book at irelandreads.ie
Ireland Reads is aiming to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading on Friday, February 25th.
Irish libraries 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.
The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Friday, February 25th.
The pledge to read can be made at www.irelandreads.ie 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 book recommendations from librarians all around the country for all interests and reading levels.
Visitors to the website 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 users can set themselves a challenge if they’re finding it difficult to get back to reading.
Library members can borrow from 12 million items completely free or use the library Borrowbox service online to choose from more than 40,000 eBooks and 30,000 eAudiobooks. Members can also get free access to online newspapers and magazines.
A number of well-known people are on board to help promote the campaign, including Colm Tóibín, Marian Keyes, Rick O’Shea, Liz Nugent, Joe Duffy, Daniel Mulhall and others.
You can find out what reading means to them and why they support the campaign at www.irelandreads.ie.