Novel idea brings free books to Bandon
The West Cork town of Bandon will be transformed into a bookworms’ paradise tomorrow, as free books will be given out to anybody who wants them.
In the meantime, however, the organisers of the books giveaway have appealed for books to be donated for the event — free volumes of fiction, history, autobiography or on any subject whatsoever can be handed into the local Men’s Shed at St Michael’s Centre on Main Street for distribution tomorrow afternoon.
It’s all part of an event specially organised to encourage young people to get involved in their community, by local members of the global non-profit group, idealist.org.
The monthly event always hinges on a particular date, and tomorrow, October 10 was chosen for the Books Giveaway, as it is 10/10!
The group picks a date every month on which to organise a community-orientated event, explained Tom McCleary, a member of the committee based in Bandon.
Last month, on September 9, a special event called Idealist 09/09 saw some 30 Bandon residents from locations such as the Philippines, Egypt, Poland, and Hungary come together with local people to showcase the different nationalities in the town.
A banner carrying the words Band on Building Bridges, Not Walls had been suspended from the bridge. A similar project was held on August 8 last, 08/08. At the time, the organisers promised an event of some kind would take place every month for the foreseeable future — this month’s event will be held tomorrow, on 10/10.
Tomorrow, Bandon will enjoy a Free Book Day — and as part of the event, several Transition Year students from the local Hamilton High second-level school will be standing at various points around the town giving out free books.
“If just one person who doesn’t read picked up a book and enjoyed it, that would be great,” said Mr McCleary who said the event was not only about encouraging people to read, but also about involving local young people in community activities.
The Transition Year students will be offering free books on the streets and in the local shopping centre. The local library has also donated a number of books to the event which will run between 10a and 2pm tomorrow.
In the meantime, books of any kind are welcome at the Men’s Shed premises today.