Libraries throughout County Roscommon are taking part in ‘Ireland Reads’, a campaign to get the whole country reading this month in the lead-up to a national day of reading this 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 pledge to ‘squeeze in a read’ can be made at 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 recommendations from librarians all around the country for all interests and reading levels. Campaign partners and libraries all over the country have been running ‘Ireland Reads’ initiatives and events throughout February.
As part of the Little Libraries initiative, all Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings will be invited to an Ireland Reads event in collaboration with Roscommon Library Services and Roscommon County Childcare Committee CLG. Talented staff, who are well versed as storytellers, have been visiting ELCs this week leading up to national reading day. They will be available to tell a short story to your pre-schoolers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you would like to arrange a visit.
This Friday (February 25th), as part of Ireland Reads Day, Roscommon Library Facebook page will premier and online story time and art workshop with author/illustrator Jennifer Farley at 10.30 am. Jennifer will read from her book ‘Scout’s Best Day Ever’ and encourage viewers to draw Scout the dog. If you miss the premiere on the day, you can catch up through the link on the Roscommon County Childcare Committee CLG newsletter.
Also this Friday, an online Poetry Workshop with Gerry Boland will take place from 10.30 am to 12 pm. Booking is essential at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Dublin-born author and poet, Gerry writes for adults and children and has published nine books to date. Join Gerry for this poetry workshop where several poems will be read and analysed and new poems will be written. He will also share some of his writing experiences and offer useful tips on how to get the best out of your writing.
Jessica Traynor will also host an online ‘Demystifying Poetry’ workshop on Friday from 2 pm to 3 pm. Booking is essential at email@example.com. An award-winning poet and creative writing teacher, Jessica will explore contemporary poetry in its many guises and also read from her own work and the work of contemporary voices from Ireland.
Find out about all that’s happening for Ireland Reads, get book recommendations and take the pledge to read on Friday, February 25th, at irelandreads.ie or visit Roscommon, Boyle and Castlerea Libraries for more information on what’s happening local to you.