Warm Winter Read

Grab your book, blanket and beanie – we're hibernating with books this winter!

The Warm Winter Read is back again for 2023! 

What is the Warm Winter Read?

The Warm Winter Read aims to encourage adult readers across Victoria to create healthy reading habits by tracking reads over Winter.

It runs from Thursday 1 June - Thursday 31 August.

Am I eligible to participate?

If you are 16 years or older, then yes! You do not need to be a Glen Eira Libraries member to participate, but if you are not - then please join up

Do I have to register?

If using Beanstack, yes.

You can participate in any of the following ways:

  1. Head to the Beanstack website and register for an account
  2. Download the Beanstack Tracker app from Google Play or the App Store
  3. Or collect a Warm Winter Read paper tracker from any Glen Eira Libraries branch and track your reads manually.

You can of course always check in with a librarian for more information about the Warm Winter Read.

Beanstack Privacy Notice

Should you wish to participate in Warm Winter Reads, (1) you will need to consider registering on Beanstack’s US based website, (2) you should read the Beanstack Privacy Policy and only join up if you are comfortable with the terms and conditions, and (3) in so doing, you need to be aware that you are choosing to enter an online environment which is outside the protections of Glen Eira City Council's Privacy Policy, and do so at your own risk.

Are there prizes?

Yes. In 2023, there will be a statewide prize draw to encourage participation. 

All Beanstack registrations will be automatically added to the draw. If you are using a paper reading journal to track your reads, you will need to return your completed form o any library before 5pm on Thursday 31 August.

Is there a paper tracker available?


If you would prefer to track your reads manually, just pop into any Glen Eira Libraries branch and collect a Warm Winter Read journal.

The journal is designed as a bookshelf for you to colour in a book for every day you read. 

If you'd like to be entered into the prize draw, please ensure they are returned to your local library by 5pm on Thursday 31 August.

I need some inspiration. Can you help?

Sure we can - let us inspire you!

Collect bookmarks with recommended reads from Victorian authors Sally Hepworth, Tony Birch, JP Pomare, Jennifer Down, Jacinta Parsons, Chris Flynn, Alice Pung, and R.W.R McDonald.  See the full list overleaf.

We also encourage you to work through eight fun little challenge activities as you progress. Fun stuff like:

  1. Create a cosy reading spot
  2. Read aloud to a person, pet or plant
  3. Start a new series OR read the next book in a series you have already started
  4. Recommend a book you loved, in person or online
  5. Listen to an audiobook while doing something else
  6. Read a book set somewhere you’d like to travel to

Join the conversation online by sharing your progress through the eight activities using #WarmWinterRead

I would like to chat with others about what I'm reading. How can I do that?

So glad you asked - there are lots of ways!

  1. Chat to your local librarian at any Glen Eira Libraries branch
  2. Check out our Cover 2 Cover Book Club program 
  3. Or our informal BookChats meet-up

And remember to tag us in all your reading posts using @gleneiralibraries and #WarmWinterRad