Welcome to Read DL

Read DL is a county-wide reading movement, designed to bring the people of Donegal together by collectively reading the same book.

The aims of the Read DL project are to:

  • Improve literacy skills and foster a love of reading;
  • Entice people, young and old, to read more and;
  • Encourage the entire community to read the same book, share ideas and to broaden and expand their viewpoints.

For our 2018 project, we had:

  • Sixty-one schools take part (forty-four primary schools and seventeen post-primary schools)
  • All six Youthreach Centres take part with seventy-seven participants in total
  • All “Learning for Living” Centres, for adults returning to education as part of the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB), take part with seventy participants in total
  • A massive 2,100 books distributed across the county, thanks to Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB)
  • A further one hundred books purchased and made available in all Donegal Libraries for community use
  • 147 entries to our 2018 creative writing competition.

Click here to find out more.

Please explore our website to find out how to get involved!

This Year’s Book

We are delighted to announce that our chosen book for 2019 is Mr Stink by David Walliams.

Chloe, the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. One day, she decides to help him out when she realises he might be driven out of town. How does she do that? Well, she hides him in her shed.

She has to make sure that no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than what meets the eyes (or the nose). This hilarious and charming story is filled with love, life and surprising secrets!  

Reviews: 

“A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale… hilarious” Amanda Craig, The Times

“The story is an inventive joy.” – The Daily Telegraph

“a delight from start to finish… a new Roald Dahl” – The Times


Last Year’s Book

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Based on an original concept by author Siobhan Dowd, the story is about a boy who is struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness. Unexpectedly,  he is visited one night by a monster, asking if he can tell him three stories. In return, he wants the most dangerous thing of all from Connor: the truth.

Patrick Ness and the book’s illustrator Jim Kay won the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for writing and illustration, making history with this unprecedented win.

A Monster Calls also won the British Children’s Book of the Year, the Red House Children’s Book Award, a national award voted by British children; and the Kitschies Red Tentacle award. In the U.S., the American Library Association magazine Booklist named it the “Top of the List” for 2011 youth fiction.

Advice and Support: A Monster Calls tells the story of  a young boy coming to terms with his mother’s terminal illness. Click on the link above for resources, advice and support for anyone who may have been affected by the themes presented in this book. 

Missed registration for 2018? Don’t worry, there are lots of other ways to get involved!

Kindle Unlimited: If you are still eager to get your hands on a copy of the book (and you don’t want to wait!), Kindle Unlimited are offering A Monster Calls free of charge. This service requires a monthly payment of £7.99 per month, however Amazon are currently offering to provide this service for free for the first 30 days. 

Audio Book: Perhaps your class or community group might like to listen to the book being read aloud? If so, click here for more information. 

Borrow: There are lots of schools and community groups participating in Read DL this year, so why not consider borrowing from those who may be close by? Click here for a list off participating schools for 2018.

Join our Book Club! 

Donegal Library’s book club is talking about Read DL and A Monster Calls. Click here to join the discussion.

 

 

Get Involved

Getting involved is simple. All you have to do is register here.

Participating groups and schools are encouraged to take part in their own activities; the more creative you are, the better! In the past, schools and community groups have organised lots of events. Some examples include reading the book in school and at home, having mystery guest readers in school classes, participating in writing competitions based on the book, and finally, taking part in art and other creative projects inspired by the story.

If you are taking part in a project based on the book, please let us know! We would love to post up any photos or stories you have on our website and social media pages.

Contact Us

No owl post needed; you can register for READ DL 2019 by filling out the form here.

If you have any other questions, you can get in touch using the form below.

Alternatively, if you are a participating school or community group and want to let us know what you’re getting up to (and perhaps want send us lots of amazing videos or photos!), then you can contact our social media team at readdlsocial@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!