Read DL 2023
launches live on air
READ DL was launched live
on air at Creeslough National School on Tuesday (21st
February) during an outside broadcast with John Breslin
from Highland Radio.
The Read DL initiative is based on the worldwide ‘One
Book, One Community’ and began life in 2011 as Read LK (Letterkenny).
Its aim was simple: to create an awareness and love of
reading in a local area. It has since expanded to
incorporate the whole county with the continuing purpose
of reminding us about the joy of reading for all the
family and to encourage local communities to read.
Pupils from Creeslough
National School enjoyed their opportunity to speak on
the radio along with teacher Ms Veronica Devine and John
Breslin from Highland Radio.
This year, for 2023, the
chosen book is a new title called The Lost Girl King by
Amy and Liam Bell have been packed off to stay at Gran’s
house in the wilds of Connemara for the summer. Out for
a walk on the first morning of their holiday, they trace
the flight of a hawk to a nearby waterfall – only to
watch the bird disappear through it. Packed with
edge-of-your seat adventure, incredible imagination,
humour and warmth, The Lost Girl King is the rare kind
of story that has you reading long past lights out.
This year Read DL has distributed 2,200 books across
Donegal and within hours of opening registration, were
Speaking on behalf of the Read DL committee, Joseph
Kelly, Executive Librarian and Right to Read Coordinator
with Donegal County Library Service, was delighted with
the demand. "Again, we have seen huge interest in
participating in Read DL. Within a few hours all of the
books had been allocated to registered schools, groups
and families in all parts of the county."
"While all the available books have been allocated,
there are still ways to participate such as visiting
www.donegallibrary.ie and reserving a copy of the
book. Or you call into their local branch as they are
fully stocked with copies for lending."
Read DL runs from now until March 30th with lots of
reading activities and events taking place. Throughout
the festival there will be opportunities to get involved
by showcasing any activities participants get up to such
as art, music, writing or videos. The Read DL annual
Creative Writing Competition is back as are teaching
resources to accompany the book.
Anyone interested in participating this year can connect
with Read DL on social media: Facebook @readdlsocial, Twitter
@ReadDonegal, Instagram @readdonegal or visit