National Drop Everything and Read Challenge 2022

by Kathleen Moran

Register your support for DEAR here

We are inviting the entire nation to take time out and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for 20 minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 29th 2022.

The simple idea is to promote the importance of literacy and to spread the joy of reading for pleasure by having as many people as possible read at the same time on the same day. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in our DEAR Challenges over the last few years and our aim is to have an even higher participation figure this year. So show your support and register here.

Work will be put down, computer screens will be turned off, and everyone will be encouraged to pick up a book, magazine, newspaper, e-book, audio book, etc. and to read quietly, or indeed be read to, for 20 minutes (or more!).

The main focus of this national DEAR challenge is to draw attention to the importance of reading for pleasure. If reading is to become a lifelong habit then young people must see themselves as participants in a community that views reading as a significant and enjoyable activity.

So stop what you are doing, grap your favourite book and read for 20 minutes at 12 noon!

When is DEAR celebrated?

The official time and date for DEAR Ireland 2022 is 12 noon on Friday April 29th.

Can DEAR be celebrated at a different time/date?

Of course.  If you cannot participate in DEAR at the official date and time, then please show your support by registering and taking time to read on a date and time to suit you.  DEAR can be celebrated at any time on any day, or better still, every day!

What do I need to do to participate in DEAR?

All those planning to participate in the 2022 National Drop Everything and Read Challenge (individuals, families, schools, organisations, companies, etc.) are asked to register here

Then all you have to do is read!

Rosie – DEAR Challenge Mascot


Registration Form – click here to register for DEAR 2020

Follow the campaign on Twitter @dear_ireland and share your comments, photos and video clips on Twitter, Instagram, etc. using the hashtags #DEARIrl and #LetsGetIrelandReading or email to dear@jcsplibraries.ie

One of our favourite DEAR photos (by Sadhbh Devlin)

Kathleen Moran – Senior Librarian JCSP Demonstration Library Project

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