Libraries  |  21 Mar 2019

Books lovers can check out a mini Discovery Wall when they swamp the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre this Friday in search of a bargain at the annual Christchurch City Libraries sale.

The two-day Big Bargain Book Sale features withdrawn library books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.

Sale prices start at $1 for young adults' and children's books, rising to $3 for adults’ books and DVDs, CDs and talking books. Selected premium art, landscape and gardening books will cost slightly more. People can also grab 10 magazines for $1.

For the first time, the event will also showcase a mini version of Tūranga’s interactive touch wall.

Make time for the next chapter in the Book Bargain Sale this week.

Make time for the latest chapter in the Big Bargain Book Sale.

The 190-centimetre screen replicates the Discovery Wall experience that allows users to swipe their way through a virtual world of photos, videos and information.

Christchurch City Council Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says more people are realising the true value of a good book.

“Each year, hundreds of people stream into the centre to pore over the tables stacked with an amazing array of books for all ages,” Ms Robertson says.

“It’s also wonderful to see so many youngsters carrying away a pile of books to enjoy as the nights draw in,” she says.

“Interestingly, the biggest percentage of fiction readers is in the 10 to 17 years range.”

Ms Robertson says another big crowd is expected to converge on the centre this year, with the added attraction of the mini Discovery Wall.

“However, don’t worry about missing out on a good read as staff put fresh stock on the tables throughout the day,” she says.

The sale gets under way on Friday, 22 March at 9am.

People can browse the book-filled tables and try out the Discovery Wall until 7pm or check out the books and other items on Saturday, from 9am until 4pm. Payment is by cash or eftpos only.

The Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre offers plenty of parking or book bargain hunters can opt to hop on the Orbiter bus service. Both the Route 60 (Hillmorton to Southshore) and Route 120 (Burnside to Spreydon) bus services also drop off passengers nearby.