Peninsula Reads

‘Peninsula Reads’ is an initiative of Mornington Peninsula Shire to improve literacy levels of families across the Shire. It involves families, childhood services, schools and the community, and aims to promote literacy and ensure access to resources.      

Book Boxes Project

There are over 33 free book boxes on the Peninsula. Books are purchased or donated by organisations and members of our community, and are available for families to take for free. People are welcome to select a book from a box, take it home, keep it or return it.

If you wish to donate books for children aged 0-8, drop them off at your nearest book box.

To see where your nearest Book Box is located, download our Book Swap Box Map

Books for children aged 0-8 are always needed. If you would like to help make a difference to the community, please contact our library helpdesk by phone 5950 1710 or email and we’ll get you started!

Mornington Peninsula Literacy Advisory Committee

A key indicator- the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) indicates many children are achieving lower literacy levels across some areas of the Shire as compared to the State and National levels. In response to this information, Mornington Peninsula Shire has formed a Literacy Advisory Committee (LAC) to enact a Literacy Action Plan focusing on the early years across the Shire.

The Literacy Advisory Committee represents members of the community committed to assisting all agencies to establish sustainable practices and processes so that all children across Mornington Peninsula Shire have ongoing access to reading materials and experience literacy activities in the home and in the community. They work with key literacy stakeholders to foster an effective long-term and collaborative community based approach to literacy across the Shire

The LAC objectives are:

  • To increase community understanding of the critical importance of oral language, through talking and reading, to and with children, as key activities vital to their subsequent literacy development
  • To develop partnerships for the promotion of literacy within the community
  • To increase community programs and activities that promote and support children’s emergent and continuing literacy development
  • To increase the promotion of current literacy initiatives available across the community