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Some photos from Library book sales gone by (including yours truly with her book booty – Dirk Bogarde! Halston! Andrew Loog Oldham!).

Library Book Sale

And more recent times:

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The annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon.

  • Friday 21 March 2014 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 22 March 2014 9am – 4pm

Big bargain book sale banner

3D craftsCheck our the Learning Centre holiday programme – starting after Easter. Digital storytelling, Lego animation, Minecraft craft in combination with the awesome MakerCrate crew – lots of fun and learning for kids.

Take a look at what the kids did in the January holidays.

Film School Competition
Film School 1st Prize Winner

Film School 2nd Prize Winner

Trendy Trading Cards

Digital Illustration
Digital Illustration Best Of

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booksalefryBack in 2006 we advertised our book sale with a “fry up” book style. There is also another promotion Lindsay (Bindery team leader back then, and Book Sale organiser) did but alas I have no photos. He is resplendent in a bathful of books.

In 2014, the annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon.

  • Friday 21 March 2014 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 22 March 2014 9am – 4pm

Big bargain book sale banner

The annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. Get these dates in your diary now!

  • Friday 21 March 2014 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 22 March 2014 9am – 4pm

Some Book Sale facts and figures

  • Christchurch City Libraries have run successful annual book sales for over 27 years.
  • Most items for sale cost $3 ($1 for kids’ stuff). Some items have been priced at a higher value including some art books, New Zealand non-fiction and house and garden books.
  • The wonderful Friends of the Library provide the majority of the staffing for the event.
  • The Landscape Art Group will be exhibiting framed and unframed original paintings and drawings by local artists.
  • More stock is put out progressively during the sale – so whatever time you come there should be plenty to look at.
  • The first couple of hours are very busy – 400 people through the door in the first ten minutes last year!

Library book sale 2012
Big bargain book sale banner

Aranui Library holiday activitiesAranui Library’s holiday activities started off with a couple of spontaneous bursts of creativity making Christmas cards using old book covers, and scrap paper.

Next on the agenda was Josh‟s big plan to hold stencil art workshops to coincide with the Rise Art Exhibition happening throughout the city. We held these every week which helped build enthusiasm and momentum for our trip to the museum at the end of the holidays.

Ebony created a quiz, the answers to which could be found all around the library. 1) It would be something to do while waiting in the computer queue and 2) it would require the participants to walk around and explore the library. Ebony challenged the kids to an Xbox Dance Central game and if she won, they’d do the quiz.

This segues quite neatly into the next phase of our holiday activity programme which was our Dance Central competition on the Xbox Kinect. The idea behind this was that we would give a prize to the person with the highest score at the end of the holidays. This particular activity required very little input from staff apart from when they felt we needed a challenge as well. Nicole and Ebony donated their dancing prowess to the cause.

Throughout all this we kept 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles going; two Wasgijs and two normal ones.

All our activities attracted roughly equal numbers of both boys and girls and gave us plenty of opportunities to spend quality time and bond with our youth customers.

Yay Aranui it was fun for all of us!!
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There’s lots of rubbish on display at South Library!

Well, once upon a time, some of it may have been rubbish. Now, however, the broken crockery, old bottles, fragmented clay pipes and fragmented porcelain dolls are important clues to historic lives in Christchurch.

Demolition of buildings built prior to 1900 requires an archaeological survey and sign-off as a requirement under the Historic Places Act. Consequently, archaeologists from Underground Overground Archaeology have been finding lots of interesting artefacts that show us how people lived in Christchurch – back when Europeans were relatively recent immigrants to this country.
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The display is at South Library, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham at least until mid March.

Beth Clayton
South Library

Journalism students at South Learning Centre are celebrating their hard work and pressured deadlines with some stunning results. The Canterbury Oracle, The Papercut and The South Library Bulletin newspapers are super pieces of work.

The In The News programme ran for 8 weeks in Term 4 of 2013 and involved students investigating the composition of a newspaper, suitable and varied content, the reality of advertisements and the pressure to produce articles and final publications under the duress of deadlines.

Students visited The Press to interview the chief editor, advertisement officer and experience the day-to-day running of Christchurch’s busiest newspaper.

In the News is an example of the interesting programmes our learning centres offer  to schools. They also run a great variety of after school and holiday programmes.


We have had a look into our reports to see what books were most popular in 2013. The popularity of titles is calculated by the number of holds. For e–books and e–audiobooks, it is calculated by checkouts.


And your number ones are:
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and The Official New Zealand Road Code for Car Drivers is top of the non-fiction list.

I feel a special Kia ora and tip o’the hat is due to the many New Zealand authors represented. Eleanor Catton hops off with the top spot in our fiction list and also get 51st place with The Rehearsal, but also on the fiction list are Deborah Challinor for Girl Of Shadows (77) and Fiona Kidman for The Infinite Air (100).

On the non-fiction list, New Zealand publications look even more healthy. As well as the New Zealand Road Code at number 1, there is Dr Libby Weaver in second place (and her books are all over the list). Patched: The History Of Gangs In New Zealand by Jarrod Gilbert is fourth. A History Of Silence: A Memoir by Lloyd Jones at eighth. Plus lots more: Masterchef judges and contestants alike, Jo Seagar, books about quake dogs, Molesworth Station and more.

In the kids arena, Rachael King came in at 64th with  Red Rocks. For teens, Into The River by Ted Dawe weathered controversy and gained 27th place. When We Wake by Karen Healey came in at 94th.

Have a browse of the lists and see what Christchurch was reading!

Photo of Central Library ManchesterOur new temporary Central Library Manchester is scheduled to open Monday 20 January 2014.

It is on the corner of Manchester and Allen Street – close to Moorhouse Avenue. It may also be the only library in New Zealand with a view of a Harley-Davidson shop.

There will be a bit of a collection shuffle as part of this move. Ngā Pounamu Māori and Ngāi Tahu collections at Central Library Peterborough will be unavailable from Monday 13 January to Sunday 19 January 2014 inclusive. Family History, microfilm and microfiche collections at Central Library Peterborough will be unavailable from Thursday 16 January to Sunday 19 January 2014 inclusive. These collections will be available at Central Library Manchester when it opens.

Central Library Manchester will be the place to go for researchers, especially those needing our Māori and Family History resources.

Cover of Holiday programmes brochureKia ora koutou. Holiday programme brochures are now out at your local library. Ask your librarians for further details. The programmes are as follows:

Trendy Trading Cards (for 8 to 10-year-olds)

Digital Illustration ( for 7 to 9-year-olds)
Film School (for 12 to 17 year-olds) – a great lead-in to the Summer Reading Film Competition
Holiday Photo Story (for 8 to 12-year-olds)


Summer Reading Adventure for 5 to 12-year-olds
The Science Alive Reading Adventure for 5 to 12-year-olds

Entry form for Summer Reading Adventure

Download The Great Summer Reading Adventure entry form [1.9MB PDF]

Entry form for Science Alive reading adventure

Download The Science Alive Reading Adventure entry form [2MB PDF]

School’s out! Have some fun.

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