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Media Release – 9 November 2023 – Hilltops Summer Reading Program Kicks Off

Nov 9, 2023


For Immediate Release Thursday 9 November 2023
Authorised by Anthony O’Reilly

The LBW Trust, in collaboration with Friends of Libraries Australia (FOLA) and Harvey Norman, are pleased to announce that 78 country libraries throughout regional, rural and remote Australia are the recipients of much-needed funding through the Trust’s 2023 National Backyard Cricket (NBYC) campaign.

“Hilltops Council Library was one of the 78 libraries to receive a National Backyard Cricket Grant. The library received $1,500.00 to support their Summer Reading program and community engagement with the library.

“We are so grateful to receive this funding from National Backyard Cricket. It makes a huge difference for small, rural communities such as ours,” said Hilltops Council General Manager Anthony O’Reilly.

Hilltops Council Library is using their funding to support Hilltops Big Summer Read 2023-24 with challenges to support reading for leisure during the summer for Hilltops residents of all ages.

Registrations for the challenges opened on 6 November. Participants will read to check off reading goals in the challenges to be eligible for tickets in multiple prize draws to win Visa gift cards throughout November, December and January. The Grand Prize Draw will include a Tablet, $100 and $50 Visa Gift cards and will be drawn on Library Lover’s Day 14 February 2024. The three reading challenges are:

  • Hilltops Kids Summer Reading Club for Preschool – Year 6
  • Hilltops Youth Summer Reading Challenge for Year 7 – 12
  • Hilltops Summer Read 2023-24 for adults

“Backyard cricket holds a special place in Australia and it is wonderful to be able to combine our love of cricket with supporting country libraries” says  NBYC Chair Marek Ristwej. “Funding has been made possible by the generous donations of individuals who participated in 2022/2023 NBYC events, plus great support from retailer Harvey Norman and LBW Trust supporters. We look forward to seeing their projects come to life and the difference they will make in their community.”

FOLA President Jack Goodman says “Country libraries are at the heart of the community, providing havens where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to share ideas, learn new skills and connect with each other. These grants are another example of the exceptional projects being run by Australia’s under-funded and under-valued country public libraries.”


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