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DECONSTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTED - an exhibition at Central Library Peterborough [blog post]
An exhibition in fulfilment of the requirements for a Diploma of Distial Photography by Helen McLeod.
Word for WORD: Quotes of the festival [blog post]
We've gathered together our favourite quotes from the writers and thinkers of WORD Christchurch 2016.
All eyes - Justin Cronin - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Darryl reports back on a session with Justin Cronin.
Are you a wonderful relic? [blog post]
Are you a Wonderful Relic? I am.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
RSS: New fiction
All of the fiction that arrived over the past week.
RSS: New non-fiction
All the non-fiction books that arrived over the past week.
Afternoon tea in the Treehouse with Andy Griffiths [blog post]
Thanks to WORD Christchurch and Macmillan we ran a competition where the prize was afternoon tea with Andy Griffiths and a double pass to his sellout Saturday show at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
Computers and coffee [updated]
Updated with term four classes and drop-in sessions.
Monster Making 101 - WORD Christchurch
Rachel reports back from a writing workshop with author Tracy Farr.
Royal Society Science Book Prize [updated]
Updated with 2016 winner.
Just Andy Griffiths - WORD Christchurch
At his two sold-out talks, hosted by the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2016 on the 16th and 17th September, popular children's author Andy Griffiths of the Storey Treehouse book series kicked up a (brain)storm session with his audience.
Te Rerenga KOrero - Ka mau te wehi!
Ka mau te wehi! That's outstanding!
Mothers of the Present: Christchurch women and the vote [blog post]
How the papers of the time reported the vote for women.
George LeBrun up ladder at McLean’s Mansion: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute images.
Remembering the Somme [blog post]
September the 15th marks the day the New Zealand infantry joined the battle of the Somme, and this year marks exactly one hundred years from that catastrophic day.
Celebrate Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day - Monday 19 September 2016 [blog post]
Monday 19 September 2016 is Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day - On 19 September 1893 women in New Zealand got the vote, and the white camellia was the symbol of the suffragists.
Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards 2016 [booklist]
Finalists in this year's Maori book awards.
Children's book sale - it's all $1 [blog post]
Hop along to Fendalton Library on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September - there is a book sale for kids and everything is at the bargain price of $1. Perfect for stocking up on school holiday reading!
How to grow a champion [blog post]
Information on nutrition for young athletes.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter September 2016
Explore the latest thrillers.
Busy things is getting busier [blog post]
Busy things - our popular eResource for kids - has had some cool new upgrades.
The Man Booker Prize 2016 [shortlist]
See which titles have made it onto the Man Booker Prize shortlist this year.
Home, Garden and DIY Newsletter September 2016
In this issue: Make your own fascinators, healthy eating that avoids food waste, and tips to turn your craft into a business.
Popular Culture Newsletter September 2016
In this issue: WWE's greatest matches, vintage style and featured "as seen on TV" titles.
History and Current Events Newsletter September 2016
The origins of the mythical character Merlin, an alternate take on Trump, and books about London and Londoners in this month's newsletter.
School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities - September / October 2016 [updated]
Here's our list of what is on in Christchurch this school holidays.
Te Whata Raki [updated]
We've updated our page with info on the new app available in the Google Play store.
Fun Palaces 2 October [Facebook event]
Subscribe to our Facebook event - Fun Palaces is on at Central Library Peterborough on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October.
Fun Palaces 1 October [Facebook event]
Subscribe to our Facebook event - Fun Palaces is on at Central Library Peterborough on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October.
Top of the web - August 2016
We explore what Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular in August.
Children's book sale 29 and 30 September [Facebook event]
All books are $1. Children's fiction, non-fiction, picture and board books as well as Young Adult's books. Get holiday reading for the kids sorted!
It's raining Raina [blog post]
Kim's post on why you should be reading the comics and graphic novels of American cartoonist, and recent IBBY congress speaker, Raina Telgemeier.
Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards [updated]
Updated with finalists for the annual awards.
Win tickets to the Church Tour 2016 [blog post]
We've got a double pass to give away to The Church Tour performance at St Michaels and All Angels on Friday 30 September.
Roald Dahl - more than just childrens books! [blog post]
In celebration of what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, a look at some of his more mature work.
Festival Faves - WORD Christchurch
Robyn sums up her faves from the WORD Christchurch festival.
Fun Palaces - Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2016 [blog post]
Celebrate art, science and creativity at this year's Fun Palaces festival! All activities are fun, free and suitable for all ages. Central Library Peterborough will be a Fun Palace from 10am to 2pm on the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October.
Te Rerenga Korero - Kaore i tua atu i a koe! [blog post]
Kaore i tua atu i a koe! There's no one better than you!
Recent necrology, August 2016 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including YA author Lois Duncan, Architect Don Donnithorne and comic actor Gene Wilder,
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Jo's post about the joys of spring.
Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday
Roald Dahl Day is coming up again on 13th September it is extra special this year. If Roald Dahl were still alive he would be celebrating his 100th birthday! There are heaps of special events taking place all over the world, and of course we are celebrating at Christchurch City Libraries.
Orana Park: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute images like this one of a giraffe at Orana park.
Celebrating New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2016 [blog post]
Learn more about Chinese in preparation for for New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2016 next week (12-18 September).
Ivan Coyote: Talking across boundaries - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Start Making! An interview about zines with Alice Bush of Christchurch Zinefest [blog post]
Christchurch Zinefest 2016 is happening on Sunday 18 September, 11am to 5pm at Space Academy / Kadett (371 St Asaph Street). Interview with one of the Zinefest organisers, Alice Bush - a graphic design student at University of Canterbury.
Still boldly going: Star Trek, 50 years on [blog post]
Missbeecrafty notes the 50th anniversary of the first ever episode of the iconic sci-fi series with personal reminiscences, history, and suggested reading.
New Zealand Chinese Language Week [new]
In 2016 New Zealand Chinese Language Week will be held 12-18 September to coincide with the Chinese Moon Festival on Thursday 15 September.
Together we read Worlds Apart [blog post]
Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Worlds Apart simultaneously for free.
About a boy - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Sex, and Sex, drugs and Rock n roll, and rock n roll - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Black and blue storytelling - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Adult learners go mad on 3D [blog post]
We have a go at 3D designing and printing with Danny at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
Teen Scene newsletter September 2016
In this issue: A story about conjoined twins , a cheerleader with superpowers, and novels featuring religious cults.
New titles September 2016
Here's all the stuff that arrived in our libraries in August.
The Gig Guide - September 2016 [blog post]
Here is what's happening in Christchurch this month.
How to be a writer: Steve Hely - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
How to start a magazine - The Sunday Fringe at WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Roald Dahl Day [new]
Find out what's on at libraries to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.
Adult Learners' Week - a time to learn something new [blog post]
Valerie shows that it is possible to learn new stuff - no matter your age.
Tongan Language Week [updated]
The 2016 Tongan Language Week runs from Sunday 4 September to Saturday 10 September.
School holidays September - October [updated]
Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children. Check out the holiday programmes and activities at our libraries and learning centres, and shows and performances for kids.
uncover - huraina [magazine]
Kia ora and welcome to the first edition of our new quarterly magazine, uncover - huraina.
Fiona Farrell and her healing gift to Christchurch [blog post]
Masha interviews author Fiona Farrell about earthquakes and writing about them.
Father’s Day [blog post]
Karen recalls Father's Days past and what her dad enjoys reading.
How Fathers Occupied themselves at the Beach: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
This week's hand-picked heritage image from the Kete Christchurch digital archive - Dads play cards at Corsair Bay.
My Library - James Daniels [blog post]
Interview with James Daniels, radio host of The Breeze and what he loves about libraries.
PressDisplay is dead. Long live PressReader! [blog post]
Our electronic newspaper resource, PressDisplay has officially become PressReader. Here's what you need to know.
Speaking Out: Tara Moss - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Saturday is crafts day at Central Library Peterborough
Want something fun and free on Saturdays this month? You can Get Crafty from 11am to 12pm at Central Library Peterborough.
My WORD - Anne on the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Sister Cities/First Nations - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
How are we doing, Christchurch? - WORD Christchurch
With Sam Crofskey, Ciaran Fox, Katie Pickles, Robyn Wallace. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Tales from the Ice - WORD Christchurch
With Dr Rebecca Priestley, Alok Jha, and Matt Vance. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Tickled Fiction - WORD Christchurch
With Danyl McLaughlan, Damien Wilkins, Robert Glancy. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Word Up to Flying Nun - WORD Christchurch
With Roger Shepherd, Jay Clarkson, Russell Brown, Graeme Downes, Hollie Fullbrook. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Reimagining journalism - WORD Christchurch
With Simon Wilson, Cate Brett, Morgan Godfrey, Duncan Greive, Paula Penfold. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Ask a Mortician - WORD Christchurch
With Caitlin Doughty. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Adventures in Publishing - WORD Christchurch
With Scott Pack. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
The right to be cold - WORD Christchurch
With Sheila Watt Cloutier. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
An hour with Nadia Hashimi - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Giving them hell - Political cartoons - WORD Christchurch
With Peter Bromhead, Sharon Murdoch and Toby Morris. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
The State of America - WORD Christchurch
With Peter S. Field, Amy Fletcher, and Steve Hely. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Work/Sex - WORD Christchurch
With Kate Holden, Leigh Hopkinson, and Jodi Sh. Doff. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Atmosphere of hope: Tim Flannery - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
WORD Up - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Busted: Feminism and Pop Culture - WORD Christchurch
With Debbie Stoller. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Bloomsbury South - WORD Christchurch
With Peter Simpson. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Grieving and Living: What Abi taught us - WORD Christchurch
With Lucy Hone. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Last Word Whisky and Poetry - WORD Christchurch
With Sarah Jane Barnett, Steven Toussaint, Emma Neale, and David Howard. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
The Spinoff After Dark - WORD Christchurch
With Toby Manhire, Alex Casey, and Duncan Greive. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Cities of tomorrow: A better life? - WORD Christchurch
With Marie-Anne Gobert, Cecile Maisonneuve, Mark Todd, and Barnaby Bennett. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
The Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture: David Levithan - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Water: Alok Jha - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Where do you get your ideas from? - WORD Christchurch
With Alice Canton, Mohammed Hassan, Hollie Fullbrook, Toby Morris. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
2050 - WORD Christchurch
With Tim Flannery, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Mai Chen, and Bronwyn Hayward. Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
No Sex Please, We're Teenagers - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
True Crime - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
A Literary Life: John Freeman - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
The Stars are on fire - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Reading favourites - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Shelf Life: C.K Stead - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
An Hour with Dame Fiona Kidman - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Migrant voices and a chat with Dr Ibrahim - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
"Christchurch is where it all started for me" - an interview with Roger Shepherd - WORD Christchurch
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Canadian tales with Elizabeth Hay - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival -- Friday 26 August [Storify]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival -- Thursday 25 August [Storify]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival -- Wednesday 24 August [Storify]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Quick Questions with Frankie Mcmillan [blog post]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Quick Questions with Alok Jha [blog post]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Can books change the world? [blog post]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Carpe Librum: Seize the book exhibition [blog post]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Speaking proud - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Reporting from the #wordchch frontline.
Andy Griffith competition
Win the chance to interview Andy Griffiths and share a VIP afternoon tea in town with him as well as two tickets to see his show. Thanks WORD Christchurch and Macmillan!
Take your pick of the best at WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Darryl makes her WORD Christchurch picks.
Pokémon event at Shirley Library [Facebook event]
There's a Pokémon event this Saturday 27 August. Gotta catch 'em all.
Pokémon event at Shirley Library [event]
There's a Pokémon event this Saturday 27 August. Gotta catch 'em all.
Te Rerenga Korero - Ki te paepiro ra ano [blog post]
Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori - The Maori Language Commission publish weekly Maori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on.
Historical fiction newsletter August
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Kids' books newsletter August
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
WORD Finder: Things to do in Christchurch - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
#wordchch things to do when in town for the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
Let's take a walk: A poignant pop-up book about Christchurch [interview]
Moata interviews C1 Espresso's Sam Crofskey about the new book launching today.
Poetry Otautahi - National Poetry Day, Friday 26 August 2016 [blog post]
Here's what's on in Christchurch for National Poetry Day.
Take your pick of the best at WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Darryl is gearing up for #wordchch ...
About New Brighton Library [updated]
We've update our page on the temporary library with information on what services are - and aren't - available.
Pokémon at the library [photos]
Gotcha catch 'em all. Pokémon Go play at Christchurch City Libraries.
Carpe Librum - Seize the Book - exhibition at Ara Institute [photos]
Photos from the ArtBox exhibition, part of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
Storytimes with Songbirds - Jenny Pattrick [photos]
Photos from our Community Read event.
Netta Egoz - he woman behind Christchurch's PechaKucha Nights [interview]
A WORD with Bill Manhire [blog post]
A look at the work of poet Bill Manhire, ahead of his sessions at WORD Christchurch.
Nature and science newsletter
For titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous about the world we live in.
Disability rights and the NZ Disability Strategy [podcast]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.
Quick Questions with Leigh Hopkinson - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
How to interview yourself - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Roberta is looking forward to WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. So she asked herself a few questions.
Fast Five with Gavin Bishop [interview]
There are some wonderful authors and illustrators for children who are coming to Auckland in August as part of the 2016 IBBY Congress. We approached some of the speakers and asked them a few questions about books and libraries.
Fast Five with Nadia Wheatley [interview]
There are some wonderful authors and illustrators for children who are coming to Auckland in August as part of the 2016 IBBY Congress. We approached some of the speakers and asked them a few questions about books and libraries.
Quick questions with Nadia Hashimi - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Fast Five with Ursula Dubosarsky [interview]
There are some wonderful authors and illustrators for children who are coming to Auckland in August as part of the 2016 IBBY Congress. We approached some of the speakers and asked them a few questions about books and libraries.
Quick questions with Helen Lowe - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Te Rerenga Korero - Ka wani ke! [blog post]
Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori - The Maori Language Commission publish weekly Maori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on.
Waiora: Te u kai po - The Homeland [interview]
Twenty years ago, Hone Kouka wrote a play for the New Zealand International Arts Festival, set in the 1960s called Waiora. We interview Hone about the play now showing at the Court Theatre.
Fast Five with Leigh Hobbs [interview]
There are some wonderful authors and illustrators for children who are coming to Auckland in August as part of the 2016 IBBY Congress. We approached some of the speakers and asked them a few questions about books and libraries.
Fiction A to Z newsletter August
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Quick questions with Jarrod Gilbert - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Quick questions with Helene Wong - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Black Swans on the Estuary, October 2011: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.
Music finds a way ... The Piano to open this weekend [blog post]
"This coming Sunday there is a special event happening in Christchurch city with The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts opening its doors in Armagh Street."
Quick questions with Kate Holden - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Latest information on new Central Library
We've added information on the hoardings just added to the site to this timeline of activity,
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter - August
Explore the latest titles that aim to thrill.
Armchair travel newsletter - August
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Picture books newsletter - July
Check out our latest picture books.
Further adventures with The Boy Who Lived [blog post]
Bronwen reads Harry Potter ...
Punker than Punk - Rock's Backpages [blog post]
Dan finds about The Saints.
Reading In Mind: Book Scheme for Mental Health [blog post]
If you have a mental health issue like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or worry, reading books about the issue can help you understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing.
Fast five with Kate De Goldi [interview]
There are some wonderful authors and illustrators for children who are coming to Auckland in August as part of the 2016 IBBY Congress. We approached some of the speakers and asked them a few questions about books and libraries.
Reading in mind: Book scheme for mental health
The Reading in Mind Book Scheme for mental health offers the community an additional resource for managing and treating mild to moderate mental health issues through providing recommended books on a range of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and worry.
Quick questions with Tania Roxborogh - WORD Christchurch
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
The 2016 IBBY Congress comes to Auckland
The International Board of Books for Young People has its annual congress in Auckland this year. We're sending 3 library staff members to this event and they tells us their picks of what looks good in the programme.
Te Rerenga Korero - Karawhiua
Karawhiua! Give it heaps! Give it all you got!
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Saturday is crafts and music day at Central Library Peterborough [blog post]
Get crafty and musical on Saturdays in August.
St Albans Croquet Club, ca 1936: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Another gem of a pic from Kete Christchurch.
Car maintenance, tinkering and upgrading [blog post]
Louise finds out about sprucing up her car.
The Gig Guide: August 2016 [blog post]
Have a look and see what is on this month.
Quick Questions with Ted Dawe - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Quick Questions with Toby Morris - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We ask WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival guest to share about Christchurch, libraries, favourite books, and a surprising fact about themself.
Rarotongan War Memorials [photos]
Images of war memorials at the RSA in Avarua, Rarotonga.
Rarotonga - Pasifika involvement in the First World War [updated]
Updated with images and additional links for Cook Islands Language Week.
Beautiful but doomed: Ted Dawe's Devon Santos [blog post]
Ted Dawe is coming to the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival this month, so I thought I'd better get up to date with his latest book Into the World, the final entry in his Devon Santos trilogy (although chronologically it is the middle instalment).
Poetry at Parklands 27 August [blog post]
2016 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016 hits New Zealand on Friday 26 August and the celebration unleashes the power of poetry all around our great nation with lots of events and poetry competitions. Parklands Library draws on the poet within - within the Christchurch City Libraries that is. That's right, many of our librarians are writers too. Instead of dispensing poetry books to customers, on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 2pm four of our librarian poets will be reading their own work.
Quick questions with Danyl Mclauchlan [blog post]
We are asking four quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on from 24 to 28 August.
Resistance is futile [blog post]
Have you ever seen a book and known you just had to read it - not because you thought you would actually like it necessarily, but because not reading it was just - inconceivable? Well, that's how I felt when I saw Star Trek, Green Lantern: The Spectrum War.
Haere ra Peter Gossage [blog post]
Haere ra to Peter Gossage who died last weekend. His stories and art are familiar to many New Zealanders, and Peter was renowned for retelling the myths of Aotearoa.
A short blog about a long list [blog post]
The Man Booker Prize Longlist has been published. Thirteen new fiction books and Roberta has chosen her must-reads.
Te Rerenga Korero - Tau ke Aotearoa!
Tau k#275; Aotearoa! Awesome Aotearoa!
Celebrating Cook Islands Language Week 2016 [blog post]
Kia ariki au i toku tupuranga, ka ora uatu rai toku reo To embrace my heritage, my language lives on. About Cook Islands Maori Language Week (31 July - 6 August) and events at Christchurch City Libraries.
New titles August 2016
Here's the new audio, video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, CDs, stuff for kids and teens, non-fiction, and fiction.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel [shortlist]
Find out the finalists for the cream of NZ crime #yeahnoir.
Man Booker Prize longlist 2016
Check out the Man Booker dozen - a literary prize longlist.
Akaroa Ladies Hockey Team 1911: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.
Remembering Richard Pearse 1877 to 1953 [blog post]
"My name is Richard William Pearse ..."
Science Snippets - Colour magic [blog post]
Science Alive is back this week for Term 3 with their Science Snippets sessions in libraries.
Quick questions with Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh [blog post]
We are asking four quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on from 24 to 28 August. First up, it's Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, award-winning Auckland-based Pacific poet and scholar.
A glut of literary cookbooks [blog post]
Which food in literature and pop culture would you eat? These themed cookbooks might help you decide.
Podcast - Human Rights and the Olympics [blog post]
With the Rio Olympics due to start next month, this podcast episode discusses human rights within Olympic sports.
Kids’ Books newsletter July 2016
In this issue: Eco crafts you can make, what goes on inside a dog, and books with heroes who jump between the fictional and the real.
Storytimes - Wa Korero [updated]
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes.
Babytimes - Wa Pepi [updated]
Babytimes programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes.
Construction begins on Bishopdale library, community centre [Newsline media release]
An early morning sod turning ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on Bishopdale's new library and community centre.
Speak up - Korerotia [new]
About the human rights podcast now hosted by Christchurch City Libraries.
Te Rerenga Korero - Koia kei a koe
Koia kei [a koe]/[a Sonny/Nehe/Mama]! You're great. You/Sonny/Nehe/Mum really nailed it!
Historical Fiction Newsletter July 2016
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including featured titles with Native American and First Nations characters.
Podcast - Exposing human rights through (citizen) media [blog post]
This episode, 'Exposing human rights through (citizen) media' discusses topics as wide-ranging as satellite technology, the Arab Spring and the struggle for independence in West Papua.
The "Monty Tour" 1947: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The Tour of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein went from 22-07-1947 to 11-08-1947 and went from Christchurch to Greymouth, Westport, Granity and back to Greymouth and then Christchurch.
Star Trek display at Spreydon Library [photos]
Check out the latest images on our Flickr.
Trump vs Clinton [blog post]
The US Presidential race is on. But who wins in the battle of the biographies?
Introducing Speak up - Korerotia
A new feature of the library blog is that we'll be hosting a locally produced podcast about human rights called Speak up - Korerotia. We interview, Sally Carlton, the host of the show.
Off the Shelf (4) [blog post]
Voracious reader Robyn shares some favourite titles, which include books of gorgeous jewellery and industrial interiors.
Aussie teen fiction [blog post]
Alina reckon's Australia is "the lucky country" particularly when it comes to awesome authors of teen fiction.
PressDisplay is evolving! [blog post]
One of our most popular eResources is changing its name and adding some new features. Read our post for more information.
Biography and Memoir newsletter [blog post]
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Bibliotherapy [blog post]
A book that prescribes literature to cure what ails you? The Novel Cure is a novel concept.
Te Rerenga Korero - Kei reira/kona! [blog post]
Kei reira/kona! Right on! That's the one!
Fantasy newsletter July 2016
Get a bit more fantasy in your month - subscribe to our monthly Fantasy newsletter and find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors.
Fiction A to Z newsletter July 2016
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten. This issue includes novels set in the 1970s.
Is there Life After Pi? [blog post]
Yann Martel's Life of Pi was a massive hit so Roberta tries his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, and finds weirdness and wisdom.
July 2016 newsletter
Find out about your libraries, new resources, and more.
New Brighton Library closes for repair, pops up elsewhere [news]
New Brighton Library is closing for repairs from Monday 1 August, and there will be a temporary library popping up at 60 New Brighton Mall on Monday 15 August.
CLPE Poetry Award [updated]
The CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award winners have been announced.
La Traviata [blog post]
Moata has her first opera experience with La Traviata. Read her blog post to find out what she thought.
Cathedral Balloons, Kidsfest 2007: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a permanent digital archive that aims to provide a forum for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents to share images, stories etc. Anyone can join and contribute. This photo shows balloons in the Square for the opening of Kidsfest 2007.
Beat those Winter Blues [blog post]
Are you finding the gloomy days and cold nights are getting you down? Kiwilouise has come up with some blue-busting winter warmers to drag you out of the doldrums.
Stuff we love: July 2016 - Staff Pickles [booklist]
Here are the books, DVDs, and music we are recommending this month.
Award of contract for Sumner library, community centre and museum [news]
Armitage Williams Construction will be establishing the site from Monday 18 July and work will begin on Monday 25 July. Construction is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete and we anticipate that the building will open mid-2017.
Sumner - mobile library stop and returns bin relocating [news]
The Mobile Library stop and returns bin are moving tomorrow (Thursday 14 July) to 57 Nayland Street, Sumner Hub.
Mobile Library timetable [updated]
We have updated the timetable with information on the new Sumner stop at 57 Nayland Street.
Canterbury Olympians [updated]
t Olympians with a local Canterbury connection. Images added.
The Olympic Games [updated]
Up to date information on the Rio and Pyeongchang Games.
Popular Culture newsletter July 2016
In this issue: What food trends say about us, inside the world of dog-breeding, Moby's memoir, and featured titles on fashion and style.
World Fantasy Awards [updated]
Updated with 2016 best novel nominees including 'The Chimes' by Kiwi author Anna Smaill.
Everything you wanted to know about opera but were afraid to ask [blog post]
Moata has never been to the opera before and now she's going to La Traviata... but not without doing some research.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter July 2016
In this issue: Flatpack furniture hacks, scandi-inspired knits, colourful pop art for your wall and getting creative with fabrics and fibres.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter July 2016
Explore the latest Thriller and Suspense titles.
History and Current Events newsletter July 2016
Elizabeth I in her later years, an indepth look at Europe's refugee crisis, the corporatisation of feminism, and titles about homelessness.
Recent eAudiobooks for kids and teens from BorrowBox
A selection of the latest offerings of eAudiobooks from BorrowBox.
Te Rerenga Korero - Ira [blog post]
Ira ! Look at that!
Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [blog post]
If you like trees then Hagley Park probably rates as one of your favourite places. But there's much more to enjoy there than just trees.
Very Best Vampires [book list]
The creatures of the night - what novels they make! A selection of titles for lovers of immortal bloodsuckers. A Staff Pickles list.
Recent eAudiobooks from BorrowBox [blog post]
A selection of the latest offerings of eAudiobooks from BorrowBox.
Recent necrology, June 2016 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including Muhammad Ali, Graham Latimer and Alvin Toffler.
Skating In North Hagley Park : Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a permanent digital archive that aims to provide a forum for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents to share images, stories etc. Anyone can join and contribute. This photograph from the 1940s shows children skating and walking on ice in North Hagley Park.
Time Magazine Archive - for your busy reading pleasure! [blog post]
We now have access to the fully searchable Time Magazine Archive dating back to its first issue in March 1923 through to December 2000.
Your life as an artist [blog post]
Seniors who use creative skills later in life are less likely to develop cognitive impairment than those who did not so Roberta's found some great examples of artists to aspire to.
Wa korero ki te kainga - Storytimes at home [blog post]
Suggestions for incorporating te re Maori into storytime sessions at home.
McLeans Mansion [blog post]
McLeans Mansion is in the news at the moment and this slightly spooky architectural jewel (also known as Holly Lea) has an interesting history.
The Dead Lands: Making a movie in te reo Maori [blog post]
We interview director Toa Fraser about his 2014 Maori martial arts film, The Dead Lands and what it's like to make a film in te reo Maori.
WORD Christchurch: Moata’s picks of the festival [blog post]
Moata picks her must-sees from the newly launched WORD Christchurch festival programme 2016.
YA reviews: All the bright places, The catalyst and The originals [blog post]
Want the skinny on books? Check out what the Cashmere High School Read and Review Team have to say.
WORD Writers and Readers Festival 2016 - Bringing the BIG names to town! [blog post]
The biennial book binge that is the WORD Writers and Readers Festival is back for 2016, and the programme is bursting with authorial tastiness.
Community Read 2016 - Heartland by Jenny Pattrick
Our Community Read for 2016 is Heartland by Jenny Pattrick. In August 2016, Christchurch City Libraries invites you to read, share and discuss Heartland - and join with Jenny Pattrick for some fun events.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2016
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival is on from 24 to 28 August 2016. This year's WORD Festival features 80 events and over 100 speakers from New Zealand and the world. The theme is "Planet and People".
Celebrate our Olympians with Golden Kiwis [blog post]
New Zealand author David Riley has just written a great book all about the amazing athletes who have won gold medals at the Olympic Games over the years.
New Zealand International Film Festival 2016 [blog post]
The 2016 Christchurch festival runs from 28 July to 14 August and features a number of films based on books or about writers or poets.
Nga Rorohiko (electric brains) and more Te Reo Maori in the library [blog post]
some resources to help you find what library things are called in Maori
Hits and misses with MyHeritage [blog post]
Most family history library edition eResources such as Ancestry and Find My Past are available in libraries only. There is though one exception to this rule and that is MyHeritage.
Teen Scene newsletter July 2016
In this issue: Trials and tribulations a gay comic book artist, high school scandals featuring the seven deadly sins, and awesome memoirs.
Te Rerenga Korero - Kia kaha e hoa ma [blog post]
It's Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori and your phrase for the week is "Kia kaha e hoa ma", "Let's go team".
Pukapuka for pepi - Kitty Brown talks about Te Reo Maori board books [interview]
Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson are cousins who've worked together on creating brilliant bilingual board books in te reo Maori and English with Reo Pepi.
Sewilicious birthday wishes [blog post]
When Missbeecrafty finally has some time for sewing she knows which books she'll be choosing projects from.
Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda, foggy morning, 1960s : Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A photo from Kete Christchurch of golden fog and the Edmonds Band Rotunda.
Remembering a disastrous day - The Battle of the Somme [blog post]
The Battle of The Somme began 100 years ago. The first day of the battle, 1 July, was utterly disastrous with staggering losses.
O, Death - Ralph Stanley Dies At 89
One of the early leaders of bluegrass music, Ralph Stanley, has died at age 89. You'll find plenty of his recordings in our catalogue.
Happy happy happy happy birthday Terry Riley! [blog post]
Noted American composer Terry Riley turned 80 this week. You'll find plenty of his recordings in our catalogue.
Can I recommend... [blog post]
Karen discovers the added features of our Bibliocommons catalogue, including comments and reviews from other users.
Ready for the big guns? Time for eResources Discovery Search [blog post]
How to use eResources Discovery Search. Because sometimes Google and Wikipedia just aren't good enough.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2016 [blog post]
The dates for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) this year are 4 - 11 Hongongoi (4-11 July) and this year the theme is - Te reo tautoko - behind you all the way. Library events during the week include bilingual storytime sessions, one with a special guest presenter, and a talk about the history of te reo Maori in children's publishing.
Barbie: The icon [blog post]
"When Barbie: The Icon arrived in the library I couldn't help myself, and immediately borrowed it. Perhaps it's the memories of times past, but I have had a lovely time browsing its full page photos of Barbie dressed in her finest, as well as enjoying the writing."
Follow Brexit with the British Media and PressReader! [blog post]
See headlines and papers from around the world.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2016
We will be celebrating with bilingual storytimes throughout the week.New Brighton will have a special guest performer in Kitty Brown, co-author of a series of te reo Maori board books for children. We're also hosting a special event on The History of Te Reo Maori in Children's Publishing on Thursday 7 July at Fendalton Library.
Ready for the big guns? Time for eResources Discovery Search [blog post]
eResources Discovery Search helps you with research. Colleen shows you how.
Writing competitions for teens
Explore our list of national and international writing competitions for stories, essays, and poetry.
Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand [interview]
We discuss the future of journalism in an interview with Emma Johnson of Freerange Press.
Scheduled outage Wednesday 29 June 8.30 to 10.30pm [news]
A scheduled outage on Wednesday night from 8.30 to 10.30pm will affect access to our eResources including PressDisplay and OverDrive, and the library catalogue will also be affected, and you won't be able to place holds or login to your account. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Biography and Memoir newsletter June 2016
A diverse group of people in this month's batch of biographies.
Fantasy newsletter June 2016
Check out the new fantasy titles and some intriguing classics.
Picture books newsletter June 2016
New picture books and a special section on PANDAS.
Kids’ Books newsletter June 2016
In this issue: Encyclopedias on bugs and Star Wars, all about pi, and recommended reads for Roald Dahl fans.
The power of fiction [blog post]
Roberta wonders...can reading fiction make you a better person?
Lumber on an epic scale [blog post]
Are you as excited about Annie Proulx writing a new novel after 13 years as we are?
Historical Fiction Newsletter June 2016
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including featured titles about Vikings.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Mama (Mum) [blog post]
Ki a Mama, me te aroha nui, na Emakoau. To Mum, with love, from Emakoau.
A Murder in Time - Join OverDrive's latest global eBook club - 23 June to 7 July [blog post]
Big Library Read is back in town. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain. It involves time travel, murder, a clever FBI agent, and the quest for justice and truth. Sounds brilliant, and a bit exhausting! Luckily you will have from 23 June to 7 July to access this eBook. Borrow now!
Hedgehog blog [blog post]
"According to a fantastic New Zealand Geographic article For the love of Hedgehogs by Bob Brockie we can thank a Mr Cunningham from Merivale for our Christchurch hedgehog population as he imported 12 hedgehogs in exchange for 12 weka. "
Guilt and parenting: can you have one without the other? [blog post]
"Childcare and childbirth have long been topics that create debate."
Science Snippets - Breathe Easy [blog post]
There is a different theme for each session and this coming week from Monday 27 June it's Breathe Easy.
Snowfall on Riccarton Road : Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A photo from Kete Christchurch of snow in 1976.
New titles July 2016 [arrived in June]
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection: CDs, DVDs, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
Nature and Science newsletter June 2016
For titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous about the world we live in be sure to read our bi-monthly Nature and Science newsletter.
World Refugee Day - 20 June [blog post]
Find information about refugees in our collection as well as information and resources for refugees.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Oma (run) [blog post]
E oma, e te tau! Run, my darling!
Fiction A to Z newsletter June 2016
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night, 16 June 1816 [blog post]
"On 16 June 1816, trapped inside a villa by insatiable thunderstorms erupting across Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenged his party of young bohemians to a ghost story competition."
National Volunteer Week [blog post]
Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference in your community. Here is some information from Volunteering New Zealand on National Volunteer Week 2016.
Winter Sun, Christchurch Cathedral, 1969 : Kete Christchurch [blog post]
An image from Kete Christchurch.
Science Snippets - Illuminating [blog post]
Science Alive sessions - for the week starting Monday 20 June, the topic is Illuminating.
Lambda Literary Awards - Children's and Young Adults [new]
New page for the award for LGBT books aimed at children and young adults.
Lambda Literary Awards [updated]
Updated with recently announced winners. The Lammys are awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Children's books [blog post]
We have 5 new children's books in Braille by Dorling Kindersley.
Men writing about love [blog post]
First some facts: There is only one male Mills and Boon writer and he writes under his wife's name, and four grudgingly recognised female writers of Westerns.
Introducing Toitoi - your chance to get published [blog post]
We have just subscribed to a fantastic magazine that is for Kiwi kids and by Kiwi kids. Toitoi is a journal for young writers and artists that gives Kiwi kids the chance to submit their own writing and pieces of art to be included in the journal.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Cars, recipes, and science [blog post]
"We don't always equate being a scientist with being a great writer, however Hope Jahren manages to combine both skills to produce a book that has become a surprise bestseller. Lab Girl is a book about work and about love."
Science fiction newsletter June 2016
The latest newsletter has a bunch of new and interesting titles.
Give your family Goosebumps [blog post]
"I was a big fan of the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine when I was a kid. There weren't a lot of scary, horror stories for kids around at that stage so Goosebumps were the go-to books if you wanted to scare yourself a little."
YA reviews: Cosmic, Fault line, and Thicker than water [blog post]
Want the skinny on books? Check out what the Cashmere High School Read and Review Team have to say.
History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter
Our History and Current Events newsletter is filled with great reads that tell stories of wars, revolutions, and extraordinary lives all over the world - in the here and now, and the past.
I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity [blog post]
"Forgiveness is in short supply in this world ... I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity is a gentle memoir about forgiveness and perseverance, set in arguably one of the most unforgiving and hostile environments in the world."
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights 2016 [blog post]
The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights is an annual event of lights, music and fun celebrating the Lyttelton community, Matariki, the Maori New Year and the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. It starts on 18 June and runs until 27 June.
Heroes and Villains Day [Facebook event]
Saturday 25 June at Central Library Peterborough from 1pm to 3pm. Come dressed as your favourite hero or villain and be ready to: create your own superhero mask, search the library for supervillains, boost your superpowers with training activities, colour in your own superhero costume, take part in a communal comic activity ... plus be in to win some great spot prizes!
Shortest fiction on the shortest day: National Flash Fiction Day - Wednesday 22 June [blog post]
The National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) Christchurch event, Flash in the Pan, will be held at Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street on Wednesday 22 June 2016 from 6 to 8pm.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter June 2016
Explore the latest titles - licensed to thrill.
Armchair travel newsletter June 2016
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Science Snippets - Turtle or Tortoise? [blog post]
Science Alive sessions - for the week starting Monday 13 June the topic is Turtle or tortoise?
Christchurch's first Mayor - William 'Cabbage' Wilson [blog post]
"On the 10th June 2016 it will be 148 years since eight councillors unanimously elected the first Mayor of Christchurch. There have been 46 Christchurch mayors, but William 'Cabbage' Wilson was our first."
A literary Matariki [blog post]
"The Matariki cluster, for whatever reason, has fired the imagination for millennia, appearing in poetry and stories since time immemorial. All around the world there are many traditions, legends, and stories based on this cluster of stars."
The International DUBLIN Literary Award 2016
Family Life by Akhil Sharma is the winner of this year's award.
World wide Knit in Public Day [blog post]
Saturday, 18 June is World Wide Knit in Public Day and you are encouraged to do just that. Find out about the Midwinter Woolfeast and Knit around the orbiter.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2016 finalists
Explore the finalists for the best in NZ crime writing.
2016?? ??? ???? [blog post]
"?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ??????. ?? 5? ‘ The Vegetarian’? 2016? Man Booker International Prize The Vegetarian ..."
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies has taken out the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - HELL Children's Choice Award category finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Illustration (Russell Clark Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Te Reo Maori (Te Kura Pounamu Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Young Adult Fiction finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Non-Fiction (Elsie Locke Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Junior Fiction (Esther Glen Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Picture Book finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Recent necrology (May 2016)
We look back at the works of some famous people who died in May.
Win tickets to Disney’s The BFG!!! [blog post]
Here's a competition for library members aged 16 and under. We'd like to see your biggest, friendliest and giant-est hopes and wishes! Pick up an entry form from any library (or download one in PDF here), fill your dream jar and be in to win movie tickets to a special preview of Disney's The BFG on Sunday 26 June, 10.30am at Hoyts Riccarton.
The other two eBook platforms - Askews and Wheelers [blog post]
We are very lucky at Christchurch City Libraries to be blessed with a trinity of eBook platforms. OverDrive, Askews and Wheelers all have their own individual characters and strong points.
Memory bags
Memory bags can be beneficial for people with dementia. The memory bags contain a selection of objects chosen to help stimulate the senses and promote reminiscing and discussion.
Teen scene newsletter June 2016
Stories from a teenage point of view. In this issue: A secret society of time travellers, a mystery disappearance, and recommended urban fantasy novels.
21 today - our website and online catalogue come of age [blog post]
We are celebrating a cool milestone. Our website and online catalogue were launched on that newfangled thing - the World Wide Web - on 7 June 1995. So we are 21 today!
Zac's Favourite Kids Books - June 2016 [blog post]
"I have one of the coolest jobs in the world! As an Outreach Librarian I visit primary, intermediate and secondary schools all over Christchurch to promote the library and spread a love of books. It's my job to get kids enthusiastic about books and reading, and I take a heap of books out to schools to share with kids. Here are just a few of the books that I'll be raving about in June."
Win tickets to Cinema Italiano Festival NZ! [blog post and competition]
Uncork the spumante: the Italian Film Festival is dead - long live Cinema Italiano Festival NZ!
Queen’s Birthday 2016 [blog post]
Monday 6 June is a public holiday on which New Zealand celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Find out more in our blog post.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Panui (read)
He pai ki a koe te paanui pukapuka? Do you like to read books?
Science snippets - Fizzy foamers [blog post]
There is a different theme for each session and this coming week from Monday 6 June it's Fizzy Foamers.
21 today - our website and online catalogue come of age [blog post]
We are celebrating a cool milestone - in an online sense we have come of age. Our website and online catalogue were launched on that newfangled thing - the World Wide Web - on 7 June 1995. So we are 21 today!
Stuff we love: June 2016 [booklist]
The Staff Pickles list heir fave stuff this month.
To tree or not to tree - Arbor Day 5 June [blog post]
Some books for kids about trees and nature to help celebrate Arbor Day and World Environment Day.
The stories behind the letters - The Clarkson family [blog post]
A recent addition to our digital collection: Letters and memorabilia from the Clarkson family. Explore the stories behind the letters.
Petina Gappah on the elusive nature of writers' satisfaction - at Auckland Writers Festival
Masha writes about Petina Gappah - lawyer, writer and mother and deliverer of jokes.
Things that you learn about yourself at a festival - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Roberta reflects on her festival experience and lists her favourite examples of writerly use of the english language.
Superheroes and villains [blog post]
Grab your cape and mask and head to Central Library Peterborough on 25 June for our amazing, superpowered event!
KidsFest 2016 [blog post]
KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 9 to 23 July. Tickets on sale Wednesday 1 June.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Pukapuka (book)
Whakahokia nga pukapuka. Put the books away.
Quotable Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Writers have a way with words - it's their job - and that's what makes them so very quotable. Masha, Moata and Roberta pick their favourite quotes from this year's festival.
Tusiata Avia and Maxine Beneba Clarke on friendship and reading beyond the colour [blog post]
Two poets discover each other through poetry on stage at the Auckland Writers Festival, and what diversity means for writers of colour.
Science Snippets - Matariki [blog post]
The team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Here are some great nonfiction books that we have in the library if you want to learn more about Matariki, the stars, and astronomy.
Bleaker than bleak [blog post]
It's cold and wintry... and so is Hannah Kent's award-winning debut novel of a true crime in 19th century Iceland.
Happy birthday, Christchurch City Libraries! [blog post]
Celebrating 157 years of public libraries in Christchurch. Looking back and looking forward.
Another country? Mainlanders discussing overselves - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Fiona Farrell, Brian Turner and Joe Bennett gather in Auckland to discuss - what makes the South Island different?
Lists for the Listless [blog post]
Karen has been playing with lists in the catalogue and wonders how you fill your For Later shelves.
Frank Worsley - a local hero [blog post]
Akaroa man, Frank Worsley was an adventurer who accompanied Ernest Shackleton on a failed expedition to cross the Antarctic continent.
Name our new facility at Sumner [blog post]
Our new mutli-use facility at Sumner opens next year but we need a name for it. We've got inspiration to help you enter the CCC naming competition.
Janna Levin and a matter of some gravity - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Moata is pleasantly surprised to find that yes, she can understand some things about black holes and gravitational waves thanks to Professor Janna Levin.
Ben Brown - Matariki poetry workshop for teens at Shirley Library [blog post]
Join poet Ben Brown for a young adult poetry writing workshop on Sunday 12 June from 1pm to 3pm at Shirley Library. If you are aged between 12 and 15, come and join us for a Matariki themed workshop with Lyttelton poet, Ben Brown. You can book at Shirley Library or ring 9417923 to reserve a spot.
Friends of the Library [updated]
We've added the May newsletter and information on fhe upcoming AGM, as well as book talks by Peter Fry, Prof Geoff Rice, and Carl Nixon.
Picture books newsletter May 2016
Fun reading for the kids in your life - subscribe to our monthly Picture books newsletter and find out what's new.
Kids' Books May 2016 newsletter
In this issue: Physics with Professor Astro Cat, Lego tips and tricks, the first book in a new fantasty trilogy, and books about athletes.
Don't Panic! I've got my towel and I'm mostly harmless [blog post]
25 May is Towel Day - celebrate the work and life of Douglas Adams and carry a towel with you tomorrow.
Murder in the library - A panel discussion on Wednesday 1 June 6.30pm [blog post]
Booklovers are invited to Murder in the library - A panel discussion - Ngaio Marsh Awards featuring three talented Canterbury authors at South Library, Wednesday 1 June at 6.30pm. This is a free event, but bookings are essential as places are limited.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Morena (good morning) [blog post]
Morena, e Te Rakaherea! Good morning, Te Rakaherea!
Gloria Steinem: Encouraging troublemakers - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Legendary journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem encourages troublemakers at the Auckland Writers Festival.
Historical Fiction May 2016 newsletter
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including the latest novel by the author of "Girl with a pearl earring".
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master
C J Cherryh is the 2015 winner.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Short Story
An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Novella
An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Novelette
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Andre Norton Award
From 2006 the SFWA have presented the Andre Norton Award for an outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Novel
Shortlist and winner for the 2015 Nebula Award.
Front lines: Michael Grant - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Writer of young adult fiction, Michael Grant, talks about the Gone series, firearms, writers block and his new series set in WWII.
Super sneak preview of next Johnny Danger mission [blog post]
We have an interview with New Zealand children's author, Peter Millett and a sneak preview on the next book in his Johnny Danger series.
Science Snippets - Hidden Gems [blog post]
The team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Here are some great nonfiction books that we have in the library if you want to learn more about gems, rocks and minerals.
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 [blog post]
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival is coming to Christchurch from the 25 to 29 May 2016.
The Battle for Crete [blog post]
This May sees another 75th anniversary from the Second World War with great significance for New Zealand. From 20 May to 1 June 1941 Allied Forces, including the 2nd New Zealand Division, took part in the ultimately unsuccessful but fiercely fought battle for Crete.
Letters and memorabilia, Clarkson family [archives]
A small collection of letters and memorabilia from Frank (William Francis) Clarkson to his sister Margaret Clarkson (Garton), 1918, and a letter written by Emerson Clarkson, Palestine, to his sister Lydia, 1917.
Three sides to every story [blog post]
"They always say there are two sides to a story, but in this case there are three."
W is for wild [blog post]
"For an urban dweller whose forays into the natural world are, more often than not, limited to irregular visits to the beach, walks in the park and working in my demanding garden, Helen Macdonald's memoir H Is for Hawk was a revelation."
UFOs of the crafty kind [blog post]
"UFOs. How they do vex me! ... I'm talking about crafting UFOs. Un-Finished Objects. You know, those projects you start with a hiss and a roar and all sorts of good intentions, but just never seem to get finished. "
"Wear only one interesting piece of clothing at a time" [blog post]
"How to care for jeans? Don't wash them. Dirt is like cool ... and remember that "your cap does not have to match your sneakers".
Jeanette Winterson: The gap of time - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
"2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Winterson's cover version of one his last plays - The Winter's Tale - is both her tribute to Shakespeare, and the fulfilling of a life-long ambition to retell the story of Perdita, the abandoned child in the play.
Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla [blog post]
Out Of The Mountains focuses on how and why the future of guerrilla warfare, terrorism and insurgency will be carried out in dense urban environments.
Kids' eResources [updated]
Our eResources enhance earning, fun and play. They are free, and all you need is your library card number and password / PIN.
The Man Booker International Prize 2016
The Vegetarian by Han Kang is this year's winner of the Man Booker International Prize.
Jean-Christophe Rufin: Walking your way to happiness - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
"Two thousand people packed the ASB theatre at the Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday to hear Jean-Christophe Rufin (co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and former French Ambassador to Senegal) talk about walking.
Biography and memoir newsletter May 2016
Explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Fiction A to Z newsletter May 2016
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Fantasy newsletter May 2016
Get a bit more fantasy in your month - subscribe to our monthly Fantasy newsletter and find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors.
International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is presented by Swansea University to published authors in the English language under the age of 39. This year's winner is Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter.
Marlon James - the author who just comes in and is cool - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Tell it slant - Steve Braunias, Joan Fleming, Vivian Gornick and Chris Price at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
The authenticity and secret obsessions of John Boyne - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Different kinds of adulthoods - Hanya Yanagihara and Paula Hawkins at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
"Herstory"in history - Barbara Brookes at Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Auckland Writers Festival - how to do it on the cheap
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Setting the Kiwi murder scene - Steve Braunias at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Back to back greatness at the Auckland Writers Festival - Herman Koch and Jane Smiley
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
First full day of festivalling - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [audio]
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
The odd woman and the city ... and me - Vivian Gornick at the Auckland Writers Festival
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Susie Orbach and feminist issues - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Creativity and Craziness - Jeanette Winterson and Susie Orbach at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
The State of America - Janna Levin, Gloria Steinem, and Thomas Mallon at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Festival love, exciting and new [audio]
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Liz Pichon: "Drawing, writing, painting - I have the best job in the world!" [interview]
An interview with author and artist Liz who is at #AWF16.
True tales of the festival [blog post]
Words and audio from #AWF16.
Setting the Kiwi murder scene [blog post]
Steve Braunias at the Auckland Writers Festival. #awf16
I'm with the band - stories about music and musicians [booklist]
A collection of young adult books featuring music and musicians. These books show us the impact of music on our lives.
Science Snippets - Sounds Sensational! [blog post]
Here's books and eResources related to sound - to tie in with next week's Science snippets in libraries.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2016
What's on at libraries for Samoan Language Week from 29 May.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa [updated]
Explore our Samoan language resources.
Science Alive! [updated]
Find out about Science Snippets in the library.
Social media 1860s style - The logbooks of Joseph Munnings [blog post]
"I'm fairly certain that when Joseph Munnings wrote an account of his daily life he couldn’t foresee that it would be available for public scrutiny 150 years later - or that it would be of interest to anyone else. But it is. We are very fortunate to have the digitised copies of his Log Books that date from May 1862 to November 1866 available for us to have a sneak peek into his world."
History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter
Our History and Current Events newsletter is filled with great reads that tell stories of wars, revolutions, and extraordinary lives all over the world - in the here and now, and the past.