Your summer reads

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This summer, the Hobsons Bay Libraries team are once again making personalised reading lists to help you find the perfect book to read over the summer break.

There is nothing we love more than connecting people to great reads. We’d love to hear from you!

We find you a list of five titles, including two 'read alike' titles, an Australian, a classic and a wildcard. You can expect this list within five working days from when we receive your request.

First: fill a short survey here about your reading interests and the format which you prefer (print, large print, audio and eBook are all available).

Next: we will search high and low and send you a list of books we think you will love within five business days.

Finally: find a beach or a shady tree or a deck chair and enjoy!

Open until Sunday 31 January, 2021. 

Did you know that reading an engrossing book:

  • Reduces stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea. 
  • Improves sleep and increases longevity and brain health in old age.
  • Builds empathy and connection and can help you feel less lonely, as well as expanding your ability to understand and respond to multiple competing viewpoints.
  • Creates meaning and connect us to others. By reading other people’s stories you can walk in their shoes and in doing so, learn more about yourself.
  • Improves cognitive functioning by creating new neural pathways through imagining the settings, sounds, smells, and tastes described in a book.

Here's what last year's participants had to say about the program:

  • I thought it was a brilliant and innovative way to dig into the resources and knowledge of the librarians and broaden exposure to readers of newer horizons and possibilities. Exciting. Thank you again.
  • This was a lovely idea. Thank you for the thought and time you put into this!
  • It was a fabulous idea. l was impressed that the librarians took such a personal interest in my reading.
  • So impressed with the service! Thank you!
  • Fabulous service. Definitely continue doing this program.
  • I really enjoy the Summer Reads program. I'm hoping it continues for years to come.
  • This was a fun program - thanks!
  • Fantastic service.

We hope you will have a great summer of reading.

If you would like any help with the survey, please contact us by phone 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

If you would like help with this survey please contact the library on: 1300 462 542 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.