BIG Summer Read

The BIG Summer Read is a special program that has been created in partnership with Public Libraries Victoria and Bolinda Borrowbox to enhance literacy in youth and teens during the school holidays.

1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022

Pre-registration is now open.

BIG Summer Read 

Join. Borrow. Play. Win!

Welcome to the BIG Summer Read.
Port Phillip Libraries are very excited to be part of the BIG Summer Read Program. This incredible program is designed to foster a love of reading in school aged participants by incentivising reading. Its quite simple, the more they read, the more chances they have to win. 
Running from December 1 2021 to January 31 2022, 48 participating libraries around the state will be running reading challenges and activities whilst offering prizes for all who enter the competition.

You can read more about the aims of the BIG Summer Read on the PLV website.

BIG Summer Read - Public Libraries Victoria (

How it works

The aim is simple. Each young person will read 10 books and complete a series of challenges. By using an app called Beanstack they can record all of the books they read and the activities completed. Once they have read their 10 books and finish the activities they automatically go into the running for a major prize in their age category. 

However, and this is the good bit, after the initial 10 books have been read, every book they read is another entry into the major prize pools. So if a child reads an additional five books on top of their first 10, that's an extra five chances to win. 

This program is available to anyone under the age of 18 in Victoria and is a member of a participating library service.


There are five major prizes to be won and a range of smaller prizes for runner ups. Three of the major prizes will be awarded based on age brackets
(3-8 years old, 9-13 years old, 14-18 years old).

The other two major prizes will be awarded for best social media entries and the Mayors Choice Award. Everyone who enters the competition and successfully finishes the reading tasks and challenges will be given a minor prize for completing all tasks.

Beanstack and how to register

Parents and kids sign up the Beanstack app to register for the competition. The Beanstack app will record the books they have read and track their progress. Young people under the age of 13 will need their parents permission to register.  One of the great things about the Beanstack app for parents is that you can manage all your children's progress under one account.

Download Beanstack here

What to do now?

All you need to do is register for the competition and start telling all your friends and family about this exciting program. Download the Beanstack app today and register yourself or your family to begin. As part of the program we will be inviting members to get involved in our social media campaigns with photos of their challenges or activities at our libraries. 

Follow us on Port Phillip Libraries on Facebook and Port Phillip Libraries on Instagram to start your Big Summer Reads journey today.

Competition Terms and Conditions

We will be releasing a full set of Terms and Conditions and a list of prizes over the next few weeks.

Anyone who wishes to enter must be a member of one of the five Port Phillip Library Branches.

All entrants must be aged 18 years or younger.

Each entrant must be able to come into a Port Phillip Library branch to collect their prizes in February.

Prizes cannot be awarded to anyone who cannot match the conditions in the terms and conditions listed above.

Contact us for more information

We will be releasing more information about the BIG Summer Reads at Port Phillip Libraries over the next few weeks. Follow us on social media to get all the latest updates.

If you would like more information, please send us an email to, phone us on 9209 6655 or talk to one of our staff next time you are in the library.

Pre-registration is now open

From now until December 1 you can pre-register for the Big Summer Read Program by downloading the Beanstack app.

Download Beanstack for Apple devices

Use the link below to visit the Apple store to download your Beanstack App.

Download Beanstack for Android devices

Use the link below to visit the Google Play store to download Beanstack.