Victorians encouraged to cosy up with books this winter

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As the weather cools, Victorians, including those in Sunbury and Macedon Ranges, are encouraged to visit their local library and dive into a good book as part of this year’s Warm Winter Read.

Now in its third year, the Warm Winter Read invites everyone aged 16 and over to pick up a book during the chilly months – with almost 2000 Victorians taking part in the challenge last year logging 18,000 days of reading.

Running until August 31, the reading challenge invites participants to borrow books from their local library, track their reading days, and compete for book pack prizes.

Participants can pick up bookmarks from their library, featuring recommendations from Victorian authors.

Victoria is home to more than 280 public libraries that offer welcoming community spaces and free resources, including digital materials that can be accessed online on demand.

Public Libraries Victoria president Vanessa Schernickau said Warm Winter Reads is a Public Libraries Victoria initiative that encourages adults to read more.

“You can track your reading and even win some great prizes,” she said.

“Whether you’re a keen reader or occasional reader, we’re encouraging you to pop into your local library and grab a pile of books to explore.”