School library project encourages everyone to become a reader

by Rachel Cunningham
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Davenham Switchgear and Children’s Books Ireland will gift a full library of books to three Clondalkin secondary schools, writes Rachel Cunningham.

The project, Everyone A Reader, will engage three local schools; Coláiste Bríde, Deansrath Community College and St Kevin’s Community College, with the aim of building a love of reading among students, staff and the wider community.

Local manufacturer, Davenham Switchgear, has made a three-year committment to contribute 400 new books annually, as part of the project.

Half of the yearly selected books will be chosen by the expert Children’s Books Ireland team, in an effort to capture the interest and attention of students and to reflect the richness and diversity of Irish society.

A further one hundred titles will be chosen by the students and teachers in each school, to develop a sense of ownership over their new library.

According to the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study, at thirteen years old, only 19 per cent of teenagers in Ireland report never reading for pleasure and by seventeen, half claim never to read for pleasure. 

By engaging directly with teenagers at this critical point in their reading journey, this project aims to ensure that every student leaving the school considers themselves a reader.

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