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Christchurch City Council Media Release 12 September 2002


Hunt for book bargains on again

Two days and 40,000 books for sale ranging from twenty cents to two dollars each. Christchurch City Libraries’ annual book sale has a uniqueness about it that attracts bargain hunters year after year.

Booklovers like Judith Yeatman, who hasn’t missed a book sale for the last 10 years. “I love the library book sale, I look for non-fiction subjects like farming, gardening, recipe and craft books. I usually spend around a hundred dollars and bring home more than 50 books,” says Judith. While she recycles some of her books to make room for new purchases, Judith keeps most of them because “they’re really good reference tools.” To make sure she knows what she has, and doesn’t buy the same book again, Judith has developed her own catalogue.

This is the sixteenth year that the Christchurch City Libraries’ book sale has been held and this year it will be found in a new location, Pioneer Stadium in Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. “We’ve switched to Pioneer Stadium so that the parking is easier for our book buyers and we have more room for stock,” says Lindsay Dell, Christchurch City Libraries’ Book Sale Co-ordinator. “In the past we’ve had to restrict entry on the first day because of the lack of room but now we’re at Pioneer not only can we take more people, but we are also able to better display the books, “ says Lindsay.

Library staff will again be assisted this year by Friends of Christchurch City Libraries, a voluntary group that helps to promote the library and raise funds. “We’re really grateful for their support,” says Lindsay. Representatives from over 70 community groups have been invited to uplift left over books at the end of the sale for their needs.

The dates for this year’s sale are Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September, doors open at 9am. For more information about the book sale, phone 941 7923

For more information: Lindsay Dell, Book Sale Co-ordinator, phone 941 6641 or Vicky Heward, Promotions & Publications Specialist, Central City Library, phone 941 7845

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