Dunlavin’s one book, one community

An initiative called ‘One Book, One Community’ has been launched in Dunlavin by Wicklow County Council Library Service.

The aim is to encourage a community to come together and share the experience of reading the same book. Everyone is included, from children to parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and family – the entire community.

The chosen book is ‘A Place Called Perfect’ by Kilkenny author Helena Duggan. Published in 2017, this book is the first in a series by the author. It has won numerous awards and is bound to be enjoyed by young people and also by anyone who decides to give it a go.

Wicklow County Council Library Service has purchased numerous copies of ‘A Place Called Perfect and these are available for borrowing at Dunlavin Library. Maura Greene, Dunlavin branch librarian, is delighted to see the increased activity around the library and she looks forward to meeting lots of new readers and users.

Maura can be contacted at Dunlavin Library on 045 401100 for further information.

Commenting on the initiative, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Brian Gleeson, said: “I can imagine that when a whole school community reads the same book, the interest builds and filters into the community at large. It is an intergenerational activity with no major challenges involved; everyone can read the book and share in the conversation”  

Ms Helen Whyte, St Kevin’s Home School Community Liaison Coordinator, stated: “This is the third time we have run this initiative in St Kevin’s Community College but the first time we have linked with Dunlavin Library. Choosing the right book to anchor this initiative was very important to us as an English Department and we found great support within Wicklow County Council Library Service in doing so. We wanted to get young people reading and keep them reading. As soon as we read the novel we knew the scope for fun and creativity was immense and we could feel ourselves getting excited about the opportunities it would present for us in the classroom.” 

The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, welcomed this community initiative saying: “This is a light-hearted literacy initiative that will see the community exploring and enjoying the same title and is a welcome activity following the challenges that Covid has presented the teaching and learning environment over the past two years.”

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