Thursday, January 18, 2024


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First 5 Early Reading Available Across Region

Whitsunday Regional Libraries’ new initiative is making waves, promoting reading to the region’s youngest with free reading resources.

Available at locations across the region, the Book Swap is primarily for young readers between the ages of zero to five.

Up to two books can be taken at a time, to be exchanged the next time families visit a Book Swap Box.

“The book swap boxes are part of Whitsunday Regional Libraries First 5 Forever literacy program,” explained Robyn Batman, Team Leader of Whitsunday Regional Libraries.

“And provide the opportunity for families visiting our community partners to access free books and information about library services. They are regularly restocked and maintained and can be found at the following locations.”

The carefully curated selection of books has been chosen to support early language skills and literacy development in the children at home.

Book Swap Locations:


Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre

Whitsunday Community Health Clinic

Whitsunday Counselling and Support Service and Women’s Refuge


Child Health Clinic, Proserpine Hospital


Peak Body Mechanics Clinic


Child Health Clinic, Bowen Hospital

54 Reasons Playgroup


Community Health Clinic, Collinsville Hospital

54 Reasons Playgroup

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