Categories: General
      Date: Thu 21 Nov 20
     Title: READ LK becomes READ DL - One Book, One Community.

Launching on World Book Day - 6th March 2014, READ LK gets bigger and better as we become READ DL.

Two years ago, a group of us joined forces to launch READ LK, an initiative to get children and adults reading. The reading programme is based on an original city-wide initiative which began in 1998 in Seattle, Washington entitled “One Book, One Community”. Since then the concept has spread worldwide. Throughout Ireland, towns such as Athlone, Clara, Cavan, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and various parts of Dublin and Cork have adopted this positive approach to encourage their communities to read.

In Letterkenny in 2011, READ LK was born. We started small in scale, but not in ambition, hooking Irish Children's Laureate, Siobhan Parkinson as our first author for the 'One Book, One Community programme'. Siobhan came to launch READ LK and we had children and adults throughout Letterkenny reading her book: 'Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe)'. Primary and secondary school children, used drama to delve a little deeper into the story through character exploration.

In 2013, we were joined by more schools, more adults and more readers as we turned the pages of  internationally acclaimed Irish author, Eoin Colfer. Eoin joined us for the READ LK adventure with his series of Artemis Fowl books. Children and teenagers created short image theatre performance pieces for the launch, hosted by former RTE journalist Charlie Bird. As part of the 2013 programme of events they also participated in storytelling workshops with older people.

We launch every year on World Book Day and next year, from 6th March 2014, we will be reading Donegal storyteller, Joe Brennan's collection of folklore and fairytales, 'Donegal Folk Tales' as we take off and go from town-wide to county-wide when READ LK becomes READ DL in 2014.