Moreton Bay gives the gift of reading

Published 19 December 2023

Donate a book appeal 2023

More than 3,000 new books will help brighten Christmas for families in need, thanks to the generosity of City of Moreton Bay residents and local businesses.

Mayor Peter Flannery said over the past few months the community had contributed an unprecedented number of new books towards the annual Donate a Book Appeal run in Moreton Bay Libraries.

“This year we've collected 3,314 new books at libraries throughout the city, that’s 974 more books than last year,” Mayor Flannery said.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Moreton Bay’s heart-warming community spirit with a total of 22,020 books donated over the past 15 years.

“Christmas is a time for joy and celebration, but as we are all too aware, it can be a challenging time for many people in our community.

“This wonderful initiative has made it possible for thousands of children across the city to unwrap the magic of books during the holiday season.

“Improving literacy and ensuring reading is accessible to everyone in our community is central to the work of our libraries team and through partnerships with organisations such as The Smith Family, we can get books into the hands of those who need it most.

Books collected from libraries will be passed onto The Smith Family for distribution to families in need throughout Moreton Bay, as part of The Smith Family’s support program.

For more information on the wide range of services Moreton Bay Libraries provide including book clubs, reading programs and eLearning resources please visit the libraries website.