Each summer the Library runs a reading program that celebrates Victoria as a centre for writing, books and readers. Focusing on books set in Victoria, about Victorians or by Victorian authors, The Summer Read invites you to enjoy a great read and share your favourites. There are also special events at participating public libraries and fantastic prizes up for grabs for recommending a great read.
This year's Summer Read program ran from 18 December 2013 until 16 February 2014. Until the end of February you can read Summer Read titles in beanbags on our front lawn and hear Summer Read authors - see full details in What's on.
2014 The Summer Read titles
- The battle for Lone Pine: four days of hell at the heart of Gallipoli by David W Cameron
- A world of other people by Steven Carroll
- Sisters of Spicefield by Fran Cusworth
- Love with a chance of drowning: a memoir by Torre DeRoche
- The memory trap by Andrea Goldsmith
- Blood witness by Alex Hammond
- Night games: sex, power and sport by Anna Krien
- Is it just me? Confessions of an over-sharer by Chrissie Swan
- Father Bob: the larrikin priest by Sue Williams
- The swan book by Alexis Wright
Summer Read competition
Entries to our Summer Read prize draw have now closed. Everyone who named a book they read from this year’s Summer Read list, and recommended another book they enjoyed, will go into the draw to win one of the following prizes:
First prize: 50 Victorian books
Second prize: 30 Victorian books
Third prize: 20 Victorian books
Additional prizes: Packs of 10 books
Winners will be drawn randomly and will be notified after 12 March 2014. We'll list the most popular recommended titles on this website from late March 2014.
Participating library services
Bayside Library Service, Boroondara Library Service, Brimbank Libraries, Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation, Darebin Libraries, Frankston Library Service, Glen Eira Library Service, Hobson Bay Libraries, Maribyrnong Library Service, Melbourne Library Service, Melton Library & Information Service, Monash Public Library Service, Moonee Valley Library Service, Mornington Peninsula Library Service, Port Philip Library Service, Stonnington Library & Information Service, Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation, Wyndham City Libraries, Yarra Libraries, Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Campaspe Regional Library, Corangamite Regional Library Corporation, East Gippsland Shire Library, Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Goldfields Library Corporation, Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation, Indigo Shire Council, Latrobe City Libraries, Mitchell Shire Information & Library Service, Towong Shire Libraries, Wodonga City Council