Big Library Read

Book cover of Anatomy of a MisfitIt’s Big Library Read time again, and this time it’s a young adult title! People of all ages are enjoying the ‘teen-lit’ renaissance and now you can join in with readers from all over the world.

The Big Library Read is a program in which libraries worldwide offer a single eBook to their members in order to create a global library book club. As a Christchurch City Libraries member you are invited to join in the fun. You can download, listen to and read Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes on OverDrive from Tuesday 14 October until Wednesday 29 October – there is no limit on how many people can check this title out, tell your friends, your family, people on the bus, all readers are welcome!

Described as a mix of Heathers and Mean Girls (with a dash of The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Anatomy of a Misfit is about the third most popular girl in school and her choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit (swoon!). The narrator, Anika is a sarcastic bad girl who you may love and hate in the same chapter, and who needs to decide if she is going to maintain the status quo or rock the high-school-clique boat.

Join library members from Christchurch, and around the world and download Anatomy of a Misfit. Then let us know what you think of it and the Big Library Read in the comments.

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Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

Kia ora. To celebrate Te Reo Māori we are publishing kupu (words).

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Mā te aha i tēnā.
Better than nothing.

Kupu (word)

god of the wind

Ko Tāwhirimātea te atua o ngā hau.
Tāwhirimātea is the god of the winds.

Browse our Te Reo Māori resources.

This week in Christchurch history (13 -19 October)

13 October 1986
Sir Hamish Hay begins his fifth and final term as Mayor of Christchurch.

14 October 1989
Vicki Buck, first woman and youngest to be elected, wins Christchurch Mayoralty.

15 October 1881
Lancaster Park opens. This privately owned development was built so that sports clubs could charge admission fees to games.

Photo of spectators leaving Lancaster Park after the second test match between New South Wales and New Zealand, 1 Sept. 1923
Some of the 13,000 spectators leaving Lancaster Park after the second test match between New South Wales and New Zealand, 1 Sept. 1923
Christchurch City Libraries, CCL PhotoCD 8, IMG0076

16 October 1988
Victoria Square Amphitheatre opens.

17 October 1861
Christchurch Club building opens. Designed by B. W. Mountfort and Isaac Luck, it was probably New Zealand’s first club.

More October events in the Chronology.