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Limerick authors included in national campaign to celebrate Irish writers and rewards of reading during Covid-19

Limerick City and County Libraries are taking part in a new national campaign to celebrate Irish writers and encouraging ‘Rewarding Reads’ during Covid-19.

The creative campaign combines popular Irish book titles to generate a work of flash fiction while also promoting virtual library access.

The ‘Rewarding Reads’ campaign is part of the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ programme, launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.  

Damien Brady, Limerick City and County Librarian said: “You can always escape into a good book and there are plenty to choose from at your library – even now while our doors are unfortunately closed you can still download eBooks and audiobooks to your device at home.”

Libraries have seen unprecedented demand for eBooks and eAudiobooks since the beginning of Covid-19.

There has been a 122% increase in the number of eBooks borrowed this year, and a 111% increase in the number of audiobooks borrowed. 

€400,000 has been invested by the Department of Rural and Community Development in additional eBooks and eAudiobooks to meet the demand.  

Brady said: “Library membership is completely free and you can easily join online, so if you’re not already a member, what better time?” 

The campaign features a diverse range of Ireland’s literary icons, from classic writers to new talents with books across all genres.

Authors featured in the campaign include Limerick’s Vicky Phelan, Judi Curtin and Kevin Barry, along with Flann O’Brien, Emma Dabiri, Roddy Doyle, John Boyne, Sally Rooney and many others. 

See the full list of titles in the promotional video below:

Full information on how to access your local library services is available here

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