Working in partnership with NALA, the National Adult Literacy Agency, we provide adult literacy services to encourage people who want to return to learning. By offering confidential, free resources we strive to remove stigma and offer support.
As part of the An Post Irish Book Awards, we worked with Children’s Books Ireland on ImagineNation. This initiative saw 25 children’s authors and illustrators design a free playbook, delivered to almost 250,000 families.
We also worked with IMAGE.ie to offer Reading Room. In this, which was one of the first virtual events to enter the market, audiences were invited to join discussions with authors.
An Post’s ongoing support for family literacy also includes working with Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght. Through these free monthly deliveries of books are provided to more than 5,000 children from birth to age five in the Dublin 24 postal district.
By the end of 2020, An Post staff had delivered more than 95,000 books to help children’s vital early learning development and preparation for school. An Post looks forward to supporting a similar initiative across Cork City in 2021.