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The Day the Library Went Psycho

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One of Australia's funniest children's writers, Andy Griffiths, is getting ready to cross the Tasman to help celebrate the very special 150th birthday of the Christchurch City Libraries.

With over four million books sold worldwide, Andy Griffiths has a highly successful set of credentials including appearing on the New York Times bestseller lists, winner of over 40 Australian children's choice awards and his book Just Shocking! being the first to win all six children's choice awards in one year, in 2008.

His constant practical jokes make him a huge hit with young male readers, with books such as The Bad Book, The Just Series and The Schooling Around Series.

Christchurch City Libraries are delighted to include the popular children's author in their birthday celebrations this month. Andy will perform three sessions of The Day the Library Went Psycho at Christchurch Town Hall next week, in which audiences can expect lots of laughs and inspiration.

"Our birthday month is all about celebrating 150 years of public libraries in Christchurch and looking back over the years to see how far we've come" says Carolyn Robertson, Libraries and Information Unit Manager.

"While it's important to keep looking forward, it's equally important not to forget where we've come from and to cherish the importance of simply reading a good book. Andy Griffiths is a great advocate for the importance of reading for children, as well as for adults. He reminds us all that learning can be fun!

"We are very lucky to have him supporting Christchurch City Libraries and we can't wait to see him in action next week in his humorous presentation The Day the Library Went Psycho."

Andy Griffiths will be performing The Day the Library Went Psycho at three sessions next Wednesday 12 August, at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Audiences are welcome to turn up without a reservation to the later 6.30pm session, however it is essential to reserve seats to attend the 10.30am and 1.30pm sessions, which are filling up fast.

Due to popular demand, the venue has been changed from the Limes Room at Christchurch Town Hall, to the James Hay Theatre.