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Cork City Libraries present The Year of the Constant Reader

2009 Year of the Constant ReaderCork City Libraries has launched The Year of the Constant Reader, a year-long programme to promote reading and say a big thank you to all its constant readers. With over 21,000 registered members, Cork City Libraries will host an exciting programme of free events in each of its seven libraries city-wide throughout 2009, including readings from guest authors, attractive reader competitions and public book club forums.

According to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Brian Bermingham
“reading skills have never been so important, and this very welcome initiative should encourage the people of the city to get maximum benefit from their libraries”.
City Librarian Liam Ronayne added
“this is what we’re here for – getting people to read more.  Library staff are really looking forward to this exciting programme, and to making 2009 a very special year for our constant readers”.

The library was delighted to announce the involvement of both Frinalla Development Ltd. and International Education Services (IES) Ltd. as key sponsors of the top reader prizes which will be held throughout the year, including a family holiday for four in ParcAsterix or Eurodisney in Paris. In addition, both the Evening Echo and 96 FM are proudly on board as media sponsors for the year.

The programme will run from February to November 2009, with a different theme each month and all libraries carrying recommended book lists for that month. Kick-starting in February with the Month of a Thousand Lattes, there will be something for everyone, including vouchers for one thousand coffees in designated city cafés being given away. Amanda Brunker, popular newspaper columnist for the Sunday World and author of Champagne Kisses will be the first of many high-profile authors who will be coming to read at the Central Library in February.

As part of the programme, the project STORIES was launched, where thirty books were released to Cork city book club members who will pass the books on to friends or leave in public places to be picked up by new readers. There are no limits to where these books might go, and library staff will track their journeys around the world on the Constant Reader website (www.constantreader.ie) during 2009. The books that were on released on Thursday include Theo Dorgan’s Sailing for Home, Alannah Hopkin’s Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People and the Place and Dervla Murphy’s The Island that Dared: Journeys in Cuba.

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Lord Mayor Cllr Brian Bermingham, writers Alannah Hopkin and Theo Dorgan, City Librarian Liam Ronayne, Joy Hennebry and Gina Reidy of 96 FM, Michael Conway Snr, Frinailla Development Ltd., Ray Lougheed, Evening Echo, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Chair of the Strategic Policy Committee for Culture in Cork City Council and Cork city book club members pictured at the launch of the Year of the Constant Reader Stories project in the English Market.

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