Huge demand for ‘Read DL’

OVER 2,000 people have registered to take part in ‘READ DL’ as the initiative was fully subscribed within hours of registration opening.

The initiative is based on the worldwide ‘One Book, One Community’ and this year the chosen book is a new title called The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle.

This year, Read DL has distributed 2,200 books across Donegal and within hours of opening registration, were fully subscribed.


Speaking on behalf of the Read DL committee, Joseph Kelly, Executive Librarian and Right to Read Coordinator with Donegal County Library Service, was delighted with the demand.

“Again, we have seen huge interest in participating in Read DL. Within a few hours all of the books had been allocated to registered schools, groups and families in all parts of the county.’

‘We are delighted to work so closely with Donegal Education and Training Board and Atlantic Technological University Letterkenny in such a successful partnership that encourages reading within the whole community. We are grateful to Donegal Education Centre in assisting us with spreading the word.’

‘While all the available books have been allocated, there are still ways to participate such as visiting and reserving a copy of the book. Or you call into their local branch as they are fully stocked with copies for lending.’

The aim of the initiative is to create an awareness and love of reading in a local area. It has since expanded to incorporate the whole county with the continuing purpose of reminding us about the joy of reading for all the family and to encourage local communities to read.

Read DL runs from now until March 30 with lots of reading activities and events taking place.

Throughout the festival there will be opportunities to get involved by showcasing any activities participants get up to such as art, music, writing, or videos. The Read DL annual Creative Writing Competition is back as are teaching resources to accompany the book.


Anyone interested in participating this year can connect with Read DL on social media Facebook @readdlsocial, Twitter @ReadDonegal, Instagram @readdonegal and visit the website

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