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Mayo author, Sally Rooney included in new national campaign to celebrate Irish writers and rewards of reading during Covid-19

Date: 30-10-2020

Mayo libraries are taking part in a new national campaign to celebrate Irish writers while encouraging everyone to discover ‘Rewarding Reads’ during Covid-19.

Libraries nationwide are joining with Creative Ireland to remind everyone that they can start a new story and discover lots of rewarding reads through their library, even while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

Recognising that we might all be looking for a little distraction over the coming winter months, Mayo libraries are letting everyone know that a wealth of books for all ages and all interests are available through the library, and reading can be an excellent way to relax, escape, boost creative wellbeing or learn something new.

Online library services, including free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, will continue throughout all stages of the Government’s Living with Covid-19 plan. All library members have access to these services completely free, and anybody can join online at or by contacting your local library:

About the campaign

The ‘Rewarding Reads’ campaign is part of the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ programme, launched by Taoiseach Miche├íl Martin. The campaign uses Irish book titles to generate a new story. Each of the titles links with another to create a piece of flash fiction and a new story – with some humor and unexpected twists.

Featuring a diverse range of Ireland's literary icons, from classic writers to new talents, as well as books across all genres. Authors featured in the campaign include Flann O’Brien, Emma Dabiri, Vicky Phelan, Roddy Doyle, John Boyne and Mayo’s Frances Macken.

Speaking about the launch of the new campaign, Austin Vaughan, Mayo County Librarian said: “You can always escape into a good book and there are plenty to choose from at your library – even now while our doors are unfortunately closed you can still download eBooks and audiobooks to your device at home. Library membership is completely free and you can easily join online, so if you’re not already a members, what better time?”

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