Novel idea brings free books to Ban­don

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

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