Kilkenny woman urges kids to take ‘Drop Everything and Read’ challenge

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Kilkenny woman urges kids to take ‘Drop Everything and Read’ challenge

Pictured are PJ Lynch and Kathleen Moran at the launch of DEAR 2017

Ireland’s second National Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) challenge takes place at noon next Friday, April 28.

The main focus of the initiative is to promote reading for pleasure by encouraging everyone to take time out to read on the day.

The founder of the national challenge is a Kilkenny woman — Kathleen Moran, who lives in Tullahought. She says the main focus of DEAR is to draw attention to the importance of reading for pleasure.

“If reading is to become a lifelong habit then young people must see themselves as participants in a community that views reading as a significant and enjoyable activity,” she said.

The 2017 National DEAR Challenge was launched in the JCSP Library in Dublin recently by well-known illustrator, author and Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch. PJ is National DEAR Challenge Ambassador for 2017 and at the launch he spoke about the importance of reading.

“It’s so important to see the world from another person’s point of view… to hear other people’s stories… That’s how we learn to care for and respect other people, and I think that a book is still the best way to share a story. On April 28, we want you to Drop Everything and Read just for 20 minutes, and remember how good it feels to lose yourself in a book.”

The National DEAR Challenge is supported by a range of organisations, including the JCSP Library Project, Poetry Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland, School Library Association Ireland and many more. DEAR is open to all. Schools, community groups, individuals, families and workplaces can register to participate at www.jcsp.ie - where you will also find information, ideas and inspiration.

Over 45,000 people registered to participate last year and the aim is to have even greater participation this year. Getting involved is very simple – register now and when the clock strikes noon on April 28.

You can follow on Twitter @dear_Ireland and share your comments, photos and video clips using the hashtag #DEARIrl or send to dear@jcsplibraries.ie.