Books at One launches new community bookstore at The Liberties
Books at One, a collective of locally run community bookshops, today announced the opening of their new store on Meath Street, their first store in the capital.
Books at One is a unique social enterprise, working in deprived or isolated rural areas and providing opportunities for employment, work experience and volunteering while providing retail space for local authors, artists and artisans.
Books in One stores act as social and creative hubs where people can come together around a shared love of reading.
The central idea behind Books at One is to promote a culture of reading, to give locals an opportunity and a reason to buy books locally, and to be an informal meeting place for people of all ages.
Similar to its sister stores in Louisburgh and Letterfrack, the all-new Books at One site will offer a range of activities such as story time, creative writing workshops in conjunction with Fighting Words, book clubs and circles conversation.
The Meath Street shop will serve as a ‘GAA pitch for book lovers’ providing the local community with another space away from home, work or sport and encouraging people from all walks of life to connect through books.
The Meath Street shop was officially opened yesterday by book enthusiast and RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy.
Ryan was joined by locals, historian and author Liz Gillis who read one of his recent books and the Liberty Weavers, who demonstrated their weaving skills to event attendees by creating beautiful, unique bookmarks .
Speaking of today’s announcement, Joanne Hunter, Managing Director of Books at One, said: “We are delighted to bring our brand new Books at One store to the Dublin 8 community and look forward to idea that the store becomes an integral part of the community of freedoms.
“Our aim is that in future every county in Ireland will have a Books at One, where people can use the community bookstore as a third space away from home, school and work and connect with others thanks to their common passion for reading and creativity. .
“I also want to thank Ryan Tubridy for volunteering his time yesterday to help us officially open the new store and we look forward to welcoming the local community to our new bookstore.”
Also commenting on the launch of the new store, Alistair Aitken, Store Manager of Books at One Meath Street, said: “I am delighted to be running this new store on Meath Street in Dublin’s colorful and vibrant Liberties area.
“Whether you’re young or old, looking for Charlotte’s Web or Charlotte Bronte, our door is always open for those living in the Liberties Quarter or further afield.”