Cathaoirleach Councillor Gerard Mullaney joined families in Sligo Central Library to launch Ireland Reads 2024.
Libraries throughout Sligo 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 on Saturday, February 24th.
The campaign is asking everyone to ‘Get Lost in a Good Book’ during February and especially on Ireland Reads Day.
Public 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.
Several events have been planned for people of all age groups to celebrate reading books and literature.
Paul Murray, Booker Prize Winning Author, will be in conversation with Colm Toibín for an online edition of ‘That Art of Reading’ on Wednesday 21st February at 7pm.
Mary Murphy, children’s author, will read from her work in Sligo Central Library, Ballymote Community Library and Tubbercurry Community Library on Saturday 24th February.
The Ireland Reads website IrelandReads.ie offers 1,500+ book recommendations for all interests and reading levels.
Urging everyone in County Sligo to get involved in Ireland Reads Cathaoirleach Councillor Gerard Mullaney said: “Getting lost in a good book is one of the best things you can do, at any age. Reading is great for your wellbeing, a good book can relax you, it can teach you, it can take you places you’ve never been and introduce you to people you’ve never met.
Sligo Libraries encourages everyone to read this month, especially those who might not be avid readers right now. If you don’t read or you haven’t read in a while, this is the perfect time to give it a try.”
People can visit their nearest Sligo Library or join online on sligolibrary.ie