People encouraged to “squeeze in a read” on Ireland Reads Day

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Galway Daily news Another €200,000 invested in eBooks and eAudiobooks for libraries

Two government ministers have encouraged people to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day today, February 25.

This is the third consecutive year of ‘Ireland Reads’ – a campaign designed to get the whole country reading during February.

Ministers Heather Humphreys and Simon Harris paid a visit to Raheny Library in Dublin this week, where they officially opened the new My Open Library Service.

This service is currently available in Ballinasloe and 27 other libraries across the State and allows members of the public to access their local library outside of normal opening hours.

Minister Humphreys also announced a €33 million investment in capital projects in libraries nationwide.

Local authorities will shortly be asked to submit proposals for projects in their local library facilities.

Speaking on Thursday, Minister Humphreys said the Ireland Reads campaign is all about promoting the power of reading and highlighting the benefits of reading in terms of wellbeing.

“I’m encouraging everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day this Saturday and to continue to avail of the wonderful services that our local libraries have to offer.”

Speaking about the Open Library service, the minister explained that it allows people to access their local library between 8am-10pm, 365 days of the year.

“Separately, I’m pleased today to announce a new €33 million public libraries capital programme.

“This will see the delivery and upgrade of library facilities the length and breadth of the country.”