She was delighted to learn her selection had made history.
With Sarid’s eBook loan, Auckland had become the first library system in the Southern Hemisphere and the fourth library system in the world to reach 10 million checkouts in OverDrive’s history.
Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Parks, Arts, Community and Events committee says: “It’s exciting to be a city of people who love to read. We congratulate Sarid on being part of this awesome milestone,”
Sarid says: “I read e-books because it means I don’t need to carry a big book with me everywhere I go. I just need my phone and nothing else. I borrowed it to help understand the Black Lives Matter movement and know more about African Americans. I am an immigrant myself and believe that by understanding others I’ll understand my own process better.
“I feel fortunate and thankful to be the 10 millionth eBook user in Auckland. Having greater access to the library has increased the amount of reading I am able to do. Where I come from, there’s only one public library in the whole city and the selection of books is far behind what Auckland Libraries offer. It meant we had to buy books and sometimes we couldn’t afford them,” she says.
The top five e-issues from January to June 2020 in Auckland this year were:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone eAudiobook
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone eBook
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
- Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
- Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum.
Every Aucklander can sample eBooks. It’s a simple process to sign up for a library membership and eBooks return themselves automatically at the end of the loan period.
Catherine Leonard, Auckland Council Libraries’ Head of Content and Discovery, says: “Auckland Libraries is a place for all. We work to support, educate, engage, entertain and connect individuals and communities. It’s very special to know that Sarid, herself an immigrant, found a book that helped her understand a struggle in a different part of the world and see connections with her own experience.
“When the Black Lives Matter movement gathered extra momentum after the death of George Floyd in May, we knew it was important to acknowledge and stand in support of those affected and to help people see how this translates to our own Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Aotearoa. We curated booklists on related topics, and these titles and many others have been extremely popular with customers keen to learn more, understand the history and issues raised, and listen to the voices of those with lived experience.”
This blog post was contributed by Auckland Council.