Great Bandon Book Giveaway is an overwhelming success for the community
An estimated 500 books were given away for free as part of a special free book day in Bandon, with many more donated to GP’s surgeries and the local community hospital.
Members of the public were pleasantly surprised to be offered free books — everything from popular fiction to autobiographies, history and other subjects — at various points around thje town by some 21 students from the local Hamilton High second-level school.
“The feedback was very good although it took a while for some people to realise that the books were actually free, they really engaged with it and some people took loads of books away with them — we also asked people to get books for other people and to pass them on to them,” says organiser Tom McCleary.
He’s a locally-based member of the worldwide group, Idealist.org which, in recent months, has been picking one day every month on which to run a special local communityorientated event.
The Book Giveaway, which ran from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday October 10 (Idealist 10/10) was the latest of a number of such events which have taken place in the town, and books were donated by the local Men’s Sheds group as well as St Michael’s Centre and many individual donors.
“It was very successful and we will do something like that again, hopefully. The students seemed to enjoy the experience,” said Mr McCleary, who said he will be visiting the school to discuss the possibility of holding a similar community-related event next month.
This was the latest series of such events.
Last month, for example, Sunday September 9, a special event called Idealist 09/09 saw 30 Bandon residents from the Philippines, Egypt, Poland, and Hungary come together with Irish people to showcase the different nationalities in the town.
A banner carrying the words “Bandon Building Bridges, Not Walls” was suspended from the bridge.
Idealist.org picks a date every month on which to organise a community-orientated event, explained Mr McCleary, a member of the group based in the Bandon. in a
Co-ordinator Tom McCleary at the Bandon Men’s Shed on Weir St Bandon.