Ireland Reads is a campaign 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 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 Friday, February 25.
Research shows that reading for pleasure is really important for all of us – no matter our age.
For children, of course, it has a huge positive impact on their cognitive development and literacy.
For adults, studies have found that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and is effective in combatting loneliness.
Reading offers a way to escape and keep mentally active, and to lift our mood, and it doesn’t have to be a solitary experience – you can read with your kids of course, or you might use reading to connect with friends and family. Maybe through a book club, or just swapping recommendations.
It doesn’t matter how long you read for or what you read, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid reader, a reluctant reader, a lapsed reader or a new reader, this campaign is for you.
Visit www.irelandreads.ie to pledge to read on ‘Ireland Reads’ Day, February 25th, sign up for reading reminders, and check to see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far.
The Ireland Reads 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.
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 a suitable book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – so you can set yourself a reading challenge if you want - a couch to 5k for books!
Campaign partners and libraries all over the country will be running ‘Ireland Reads’ initiatives and events throughout February in the build up to Friday, February 25th. You can get details at irelandreads.ie.
Please use #IrelandReads or #SqueezeInARead and share your pledge to read on social media or tell others about your favorite books, recommended reads or the book that got you through Covid.
The Ireland Reads campaign is a collaboration led by the Libraries Development Unit at the Local Government Management Agency, and part of the Healthy Ireland programme.
As well as all public libraries, partners in the campaign include RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Bookselling Ireland, Publishing Ireland, Childrens Books Ireland, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), the Arts Council, and the National Library of Ireland.
Library members can borrow from 12 million items or choose from and download from thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines online.
We’re also encouraging people to support their local bookshops. They have had a really tough time throughout Covid and have done all they can to keep going, keep taking orders and keep people stocked up with books. You’ll find a link to a map of bookshops on IrelandReads.ie
And Ireland Reads is not just about books – if you want to read a magazine, a newspaper or a comic, that’s great too!
The Little Libraries programme is a collaboration between libraries and the Department of Children through which libraries engage with early learning and care setting (ELCs).
Little Libraries is getting involved in Ireland Reads by hosing events to which ELC classes will be invited.
If your ELC would like to pledge reading time, you can email email@example.com.
ETBI Piper's Hill, Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland
+353 (0)45-901070 Email firstname.lastname@example.org