Warm Winter Read returns for 2024

Curl up with a book this winter as part of Public Libraries Victoria’s Warm Winter Read campaign

This winter, libraries around Victoria are encouraging adults to harness the benefits of reading for pleasure – and combat the chilly season – by curling up with a good book.

Warm Winter Read is a campaign which aims to inspire adult readers to make more time for reading over winter, and celebrate the contributions of public libraries to our communities. 

Research shows that reading has a wide range of benefits for our physical and mental health, including reducing depression and loneliness, and increasing empathy, self-esteem, and awareness of other cultures.

However, despite these benefits, 44% of Australians have low or very low literacy, and approximately 25% of Australians did not read a single book over the course of a year.

All 51 of public library branches across Victoria are participating in this year’s campaign, which offers reading recommendations, a 60 day reading challenge, as well as a range of prizes for readers.

This year’s campaign is supported by eight author ambassadors including acclaimed First Nations writer, Melissa Lucashenko, bestselling crime writer Garry Disher, food writer and critic Matt Preston and award-winning author Pip Williams.

Want to get involved as a library or a reader? Find out more via the Warm Winter Read website.