Spark a child’s imagination through book donations

Libraries book donations for Books4Kids

The season of giving is now upon us, and Sunshine Coast residents are encouraged to give the gift of the love of reading to vulnerable families though the Books4Kids initiative.

Now in its 23rd year the Sunshine Coast Libraries-run initiative has distributed more than 11,000 books to children and teenagers via local charities.

Community Portfolio Councillor David Law said the initiative was aimed at gifting books to young people and families doing it tough.

“This year, Sunshine Coast Libraries is aiming to double donations received due to the increase in hardship experienced by our local community,” Cr Law said.

“For families experiencing hardship, receiving a gift on Christmas day means the world, and a book can make a young person’s world that much brighter and bigger.

“From picture books with heart-warming tales and captivating illustrations, junior fiction filled with humour and action, non-fiction brimming with dinosaurs or bugs or young adult stories of fantasy and friendship, a book donation can share joy in a profound and meaningful way.

“Research tells us that access to books in the family home can increase a child’s awareness and comprehension, help develop language skills, expand their vocabulary and foster interactive connections with loved ones.

“If you’re in a positive position this year, please pass it on and donate to the appeal to inspire the love of reading in our littlest minds.”

Unwrapped donations of newly purchased children’s or young adult books will be welcomed at any Sunshine Coast Library between now and December 13.

What: Donate a new children’s or youth book as a Christmas gift
Time: Donations accepted between now and December 13
Where: All Sunshine Coast Library locations
More information at

To find out more about Books4Kids and what’s on for kids and families at Sunshine Coast Libraries this summer visit head to the Council’s Library website.

Did you know Sunshine Coast Libraries offer more than just books? 

  • They host events and run programs
  • The community has access to a podcast studio
  • Online resources, including the eLibrary where members can borrow, download and stream books, films, magazines, music and more are all provided for free
  • Story Seats are located in 10 of the region’s most stunning local parks which incorporate children’s stories into the seats’ designs for families to enjoy
  • An Adult Literacy program has taught thousands of residents how to read and write.  



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