American Sniper is our Big Library Read – 17 to 31 March

OverDrive has made the title American Sniper its Big Library Read and it will be available in both eBook and eAudiobook format from 17 March until 31 March 2016. You can put your holds on the eBook or eAudiobook now, and you’ll be notified when it is available.


American Sniper was one of the bestselling books of 2015. The New York Times bestselling memoir of a U.S. Navy Seal was even the source for Clint Eastwood’s academy award nominated movie. This controversial title is considered to be ‘a first-rate military memoir’ by Booklist. It details the effects of modern warfare on the writer, his fellow soldiers and his family. The author Chris Kyle is considered the most lethal sniper in US history. His fellow soldiers during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.


You can find out more on the Big Library Read page, where you can also listen to the Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the author of American Wife.

We have had a number of Big Library Read events here at Christchurch City Libraries. These events are sponsored by OverDrive (one of our main eBook and eAudiobook platform providers). Every few months they choose a title and make it accessible to absolutely everyone for a given period of time. The idea is to create one massive worldwide book club. As a librarian I love this concept!

If you haven’t taken part in what is basically a worldwide book club event then maybe this is the title that will change all that. See what you think …

Cats and Kalashnikovs – the Big Bargain Book Sale is on and it’s awesome

Our Big Bargain Book Sale is underway. On Friday 11 March (today) it goes from 9am to 7pm, and tomorrow (Saturday 12 March) it is on from 9am to 4pm. It’s at the Pioneer Leisure and Recreation Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. When we say there is something for everyone, we ain’t kidding.

Big Bargain Book Sale
Cats. Kalashnikovs.

Things you need to know:

  • You can pay by EFT-POS or cash only (no credit cards or cheques)
  • Most adults’ books are $3 (except for selected premium art, landscape and gardening books, and most New Zealand books, which are at marked prices)
  • Books for kids and teens are $1
  • Magazines are 10 for $1
  • Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, talking books etc are $3
  • Tables are regularly replenished with new supplies
  • We supply plastic library bags for free, but you might also like to bring you own shopping bags, suitcase, etc.
  • It’s superawesome and it is highly likely you will find something to take home and enjoy

Here’s some pics from the preview.

Big Bargain Book Sale

Landscape Art Group paintings at the Big Bargain Book Sale
Art from the Landcape Art Group for sale.
Big Bargain Book Sale - book pile
Someone’s* pile of books at the Book Sale. *Mine