CHILDREN in a Deis school in Kilkenny will receive a gift package of new books by leading Irish authors as part of an Arts Council initiative to ensure that as many people as possible can experience Culture Night tonight.
Encouraging all parents to participate with their children, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, has partnered with Children’s Books Ireland to publish a special guide to 100 of the best Irish books for children.
The Books Make Things Better reading guide will be distributed free of charge through bookshops and libraries, or can be downloaded on the Internet.
Joy of reading
Scoil Naisiunta an Moinin Rua, aka Moneenroe National School will benefit from the initiative.
“This is the first year that the Arts Council has taken on the stewardship of Culture Night, and it’s a year of extraordinary challenges, not least for artists and the entire arts sector,” said Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly.
She said that because of the ongoing Covid-19 public health restrictions much of Culture Night is virtual, but over 1,000 real books would nonetheless be delivered to families around the country to promote the joy of opening and reading a book.
Other projects on Culture Night are being highlighted around the country for their commitment to equality, human rights and diversity.