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10,000 Books By Irish Authors Being Given Away In All Five Boroughs

Irish author Anne Enright.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Irish author Anne Enright. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, 10,000 free books by Irish authors will be given away in all five boroughs Monday.

The event is part of the 4th annual Irish Arts Center Book Day.

Books by over 25 Irish authors will be distributed including works by Kevin Barry, Maeve Binchy, Anne Enright, Pete Hamill, Seamus Heaney, Colum McCann, Edna O’Brien, Flann O’Brien and more.

The books are being distributed at eight different transit hubs around the boroughs.

You can pick up a book at the following locations:

Manhattan

18th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in front of Quest to Lear (351 West 18th street)

Southwest corner of 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, 6 Train

Brooklyn

Southwest corner of 36th street and 4th Avenue on B,D, N, R trains at Sunset Park

Northeast corner of 7th Avenue and 9th Street, F and G train station

Queens

37th Road “Diversity” Plaza between 74th and 73rd Streets in Jackson Heights. The Roosevelt Avenue station has an entrance right in the middle of the Plaza for the E, F, M, R and 7 trains

Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside / 61st Street stop on the 7 train

The Bronx

Northwest corner of Bedford Park Blvd and Grand Concourse

Staten Island

St. George Terminal Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

Meanwhile, the Irish Arts Center announced Monday that its current West 51st Street location will be expanded to include a 199-seat theater and technology that will allow programming to be projected outside its four walls.

The new center also will have a music venue and cafe, a dance studio and rehearsal space, classrooms, space for visual arts and a community garden.

The center said in a press release that construction on the new building was expected to begin early next year. It’s slated to open in 2016.

The center was founded in 1972.

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