‘Books on Buses’ for Ireland Reads 2023

Monaghan County Libraries team up with TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan to give away free books on buses on all Monaghan routes this Friday 24th February .

Passengers using Transport for Ireland (TFI) bus services on the M1, M2, M3 & 176 routes will notice book bags placed on the seats.  These bags will contain a ‘Quick Reads’ title which Monaghan County Libraries are gifting to TFI Local Link Cavan Monaghan passengers.  Once they have them there’s no excuse not to ‘squeeze in a read’ during the course of their day or pledge to read on Saturday 25th February.

For more information on routes and departure times for the participating TFI Local Link buses visit www.locallinkcm.ie/timetables

This initiative is part of ‘Ireland Reads’, a campaign to get the whole country reading in the lead up to a national day of reading thisSaturday.

Irish libraries have teamed up with publishers, booksellers, authors, and others for the campaign, which is part of the government’s Healthy Ireland programme and aims to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for wellbeing and enjoyment.

The campaign is asking everyone to ‘squeeze in a read’ on Ireland Reads Day, Saturday, February 25th.


The pledge to read can be made at www.irelandreads.ie where you can also see how much time has been pledged by the Irish public so far and sign up for reading reminders.

The website also offers book recommendations suited to a person’s interests and the time they have available. There are more than 1,500 recommendations from librarians all around the country for all interests and reading levels.

Participants  can simply enter their favourite type of book and how long they would like to read each day and the website will offer the perfect book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – so you can set yourself a challenge if you’re finding it hard to get back to reading.

A number of well-known campaign ambassadors are on board to help promote the campaign, including Marian Keyes, Joe Duffy, Colm Tóibín, Rick O’Shea, Liz Nugent and more. You can find out what reading means to them and why they support the campaign at www.irelandreads.ie.

Find out about all that’s happening for Ireland Reads, get book recommendations and take the pledge to read on Saturday, February 25th at www.irelandreads.ie or visit www.monaghan.ie/library for more on what’s happening locally..