Big Bargain Book Sale 2014

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

Christchurch – this week in history (10 – 16 March)

10 March 1907
Foundation stone laid for the Cashmere sanitorium. Poet James K. Baxter was an undistinguished employee in the 1940s.

11 March 1899
Railway accident at Rakaia kills 4 and injures 22. The 2 trains which collided were crowded with Islington freezing workers returning from an excursion. The accident led to dramatic improvements in railway signals, braking systems and safety equipment.

12-15 March 1927
Visit of Duke of York (later King George VI). View articles and images on DigitalNZ.

HRH Duke of York inspecting Sockburn Aerodrome, 15 March 1927
Photographer: Robert Percy Moore
HRH Duke of York inspecting Sockburn Aerodrome, 15 March 1927
Panoramic negative
Reference No. Pan-0064-F
Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

14 March 1987
“Te Maori” exhibition opens at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery. Over a nine week period, 147,012 people visited.

15 March 1856
Christchurch Club formed.

15 March 1982
City Council resolution declares Christchurch City a nuclear weapons free zone.

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in
chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

More March events in our Christchurch Chronology.