Cork County Council Library and Arts Service has chosen ‘Not My Problem’ by Ciara Smyth as the ‘One County, One Book’ read for teens and young Adults for 2022. The Council’s ‘One County, One Book’ initiative is designed to promote homegrown literature, with prominent placement in its branches, and to promote literacy as part of its community outreach programmes to young people.
The Library Service supplied 800 copies to schools and Youthreach Centres across Cork County at the beginning of the school year, while copies of the book are also available in local branches and mobile libraries, as well as online as an e-book via Borrowbox.
In celebration of the book, Secondary School and Youthreach students were invited to Vertigo at Cork County Hall for book discussion with author, Ciara Smyth earlier this month. Further online events will be held this month to allow students the opportunity to meet and discuss the book.
Speaking at the student event, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien said,
The One County, One Book initiative is part of a series of event’s underway throughout the month of November to celebrate Cork County Council’s Teen Literature Festival.
Additional events include author and creative writing talks with Louise O’Neill, Mary Watson and Sue Divin, as well as Fighting Words workshops with Graffiti Theatre Company. There are also talks about nutrition, social media and cyber safety being offered both online and in library branches.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey noted,