Ireland Reads is a new campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to a national day of reading on Thursday, February 25th. You can get involved by pledging to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day. On www.irelandreads.ie you can pledge reading time and see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far. With more than 800 recommendations from librarians from all around the country, you can get recommendations based on authors you like, and guides on how long it will take you to read the book – a couch to 5k for books!
To support people to continue their reading journey after our national reading day, we have organised an exciting series of talks with successful Irish Authors and literary names- Liz Nugent, Rick O’Shea, Una Manion and Donal Ryan. These are part of Kilkenny County Council’s Keep Well Community Resilience Campaign, and will inspire and encourage readers to take a break from the challenges of life, and find some me time with a good book or magazine. These talks will be broadcast on our website, kilkennylibrary.ie, our facebook page @kilkennylibrary or Kilkenny County Council YouTube.
As part of the Keep Well campaign, we have also organised a series of workshops for children with some of our favourite Irish writers - Alan Nolan will talk about his books and show you how to illustrate characters in short 15 minute sessions, Nicola Pierce will discuss her writings on the Titanic and her other historic novels over two sessions, and Liz Weir will complete the series, with two storytelling sessions for children of all ages. These are ideal for children and teachers, and will add some variety to home-schooling!