Curl up through winter with a Red Hot Read
  • Monday 11 May 2009

Would you like to read the latest bestsellers without having to wait in line or buy your own copy?

Many Sunshine Coast Council libraries are now offering the option of borrowing the latest bestsellers for just $4 for 10 days.

This system, known as Red Hot Reads, has been functioning well at the Noosa library for a number of years, where it is very popular with readers, according to council’s Manager of Learning Communities, Ross Duncan.

“We are excited to be able to offer the Red Hot Reads collection in a number of other libraries across the Coast, including Kawana, Caloundra, Maroochydore and Coolum libraries,” Mr Duncan said.

The Red Hot Reads collection consists of multiple copies of the latest bestsellers by authors such as John Grisham, Jodi Picoult and Wilbur Smith. These titles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (no waiting list) and are in addition to the general lending collection.

Mr Duncan said Red Hot Reads would not replace the current system of reserving books, but would give borrowers another option if they didn’t want to wait weeks or sometimes months for popular titles.

“We are introducing this collection to offer library members a choice in whether they wish to wait for a book after they have reserved it, or pay a small fee to borrow the book immediately,” he said.

“The timing for the introduction could not have been better, with an increasing number of reservations being placed on the materials held in the libraries across the region.

“All the funds generated from the collection will be put back into purchasing more new releases and best sellers for the collection.”

Mr Duncan said Red Hot Reads would have the added benefit of demonstrating to the community that libraries are getting books and other library material as soon as it is released by publishing houses.

Library members obviously still had the option of borrowing from the general collection and placing reservations for that material at no charge, he said.

“Should library members be interested in using the Red Hot Reads Collection, they can seek assistance from one of our staff, or collect a brochure that explains how to use the collection,” Mr Duncan said.

Red Hot Reads will be available at the following Library locations:

Caloundra Library Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. Tel: 5491 1255
Coolum Beach Library Park Street, Coolum. Tel: 5446 3122
Kawana Library Nanyima Street, Buddina. Tel: 5444 8022
Maroochydore Library 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree. Tel: 5475 8900
Noosa Library Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville. Tel: 5442 4411