Clutha Libraries book sale offering free children’s books
The Clutha District Libraries Book Sale is being held at the Balclutha Library during Queens Birthday weekend, and features free children’s books with adult’s invited to fill their own bag of books for $5.
Libraries Manager Debbie Duncan said the district’s libraries purchased approximately 6,000 books annually, and the book sale is needed to make room for new material.
This year’s book sale will also provide an opportunity for the Balclutha Library to rearrange its current layout in the coming months, to provide better access to collections and flexible spaces for a wide range of programmes.
She said key features will include a dedicated local history space, larger children’s area and a more accessible shelving layout.
“We want our libraries to be welcoming and inclusive for everyone, and the ongoing renewal of our library collections will help us to continue to adapt our services to meet the evolving needs of our various communities,” Mrs Duncan said.
Mrs Duncan said there were many considerations for the withdrawal of library material, the most common being that content may be out of date, in poor condition, or titles that have not been borrowed often.
“For very popular authors or topical subjects, multiple copies will often be purchased to meet demand; and as interest diminishes excess copies will be withdrawn to make room for new material.”
She said over the past two years the libraries had provided an essential lifeline for many during the covid outbreak, providing extensive digital help for online banking, job applications, vaccine passes or simply how to use your digital devices.
“For others, the libraries have provided books and more for those isolated at home, or staff have simply been someone to talk to when catching up with others hasn’t been possible.”
The five community libraries that make up the Clutha district library service collectively hold approximately 55,000 books. All are free to borrow and reserve, and suggestions of recommended titles for purchase are welcomed.
“Although our libraries are small, we try wherever possible to provide the types of books our communities want to read – and if we’re not able to purchase a specific title, we’re happy to try and interloan it from another New Zealand library for a small fee,” she said.
Clutha Community Libraries Book Sale
When: Thursday 2 June till 5pm Sunday 5 June from 9am
Where: Balclutha Library
Adult books $5 BYO bag - children’s books free
The library will be open throughout the book sale and refreshments will be available for purchase.