Saturday 19 January 2019

Isaac meets Ryan at 'Bring a Book' launch

Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy with Isaac Findley
Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy with Isaac Findley

A 15-year-old from Swords who attends St Michael's House has helped out in the organisation's 10th annual 'Bring a Book, Buy a Book' fundraising campaign and for his troubles, he got to meet with none other than Late Late Show presenter and well known fan of the written word, Ryan Tubridy.

Isaac Findley (age 15), St Michael's House service user from Swords, and he took part in the launch of this year's Bring a Book, Buy a Book' campaign which coincides with World Book Week.

At the in RTE Studios, Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy was joined by St. Michael's House service users, Isaac Findley (age 15) from Swords and Katie McRory-Lyons (age 14) from Santry.

To coincide with 'Bring a Book, Buy a Book' campaign, St Michael's House has carried out research to examine the publics' attitudes towards reading and technology. The results reveal that 70% of Irish people are reading less now than they were ten years ago. The survey also revealed that, despite the fact that many organisations, including the Department of Education offer information about how to protect your child from dangers associated with online activity, more than 90% of parents are still worried about internet safety and more than 80% feel there is a lack of awareness.

The results also revealed that as reading time decreases for Irish children, screen-time on devices such as tablets and smartphones, was on the rise, with 68% of parents stating that their children had their own device. Almost one in four children, (23%) are now using the device as part of their bedtime routine; it's popularity emphasised by the fact parents stated that more than half of children (55%) prefer screen time to reading.

Barbara Wiseman, Head of Communications St Michael's House, commented: 'We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our 'Bring a Book, Buy a Book' campaign. In 2018, the campaign was first piloted with 15 different locations and since then has enjoyed growing success with over 200 locations taking part in 2017. We are delighted to report that over 113,000 books were successfully swapped by book lovers since 2008.'

'Bring A Book, Buy A Book' encourages schools, businesses and communities to donate their second hand books which can then by bought by their peers for just €2 per book. St. Michael's house wants parents to encourage their children to close a screen and open a book.

Fingal Independent