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Christchurch fog [photos]
Christchurch was foggy in the morning of Friday 27 March.
New Christchurch RSA building [photos]
Photos of the new RSA building on Armagh Street that is officially opened on 27 March 2015.
Sound garden on Peterborough Street [photos]
Photos of the Sound garden installation.
Spreydon Library closure [news]
Spreydon Library will be closed from Monday 20 April to Sunday 3 May for earthquake repairs. The library will reopen on Monday 4 May.
Canterbury landscape inspires New Central Library design [media release]
The design of Christchurch's New Central Library in Cathedral Square was inspired by the Canterbury landscape and feedback from the public on what they wanted in the new building.
New Central Library
The new Christchurch City Libraries Central Library is due to open in early 2018. Find out more.
Man Booker International Prize finalists
The finalists for this year's Man Booker International Prize (not to be confused with the Man Booker) have been announced. Check out our list for a reminder of the wonderful variety of world fiction.
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.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
Historical Fiction newsletter March 2015
Read the latest historical fiction picks in our March newsletter.
Picture books newsletter March 2015
A selection of our latest picture books including some New Zealand titles.
William Rhodes Moorhouse
Christchurch pilot, William B. Rhodes-Moorhouse, was killed in action in Europe in the First World War. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the first ever to be given to an airman. He also was responsible for the death of two people wile driving and while riding his motorcycle.
Kids' Books March 2015 newsletter
Browse our latest Kids' Books newsletter for the true story of Winnie the Pooh, a look behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films, and LEGO creations!
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, and events
Find about the latest literary events in Christchurch.
Guess who's coming to Christchurch? David Walliams, David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald, Xinran, Steve Braunias, Nick Davies [blog post]
WORD Christchurch in association with the Auckland Writers Festival is bringing six top authors to town for its Autumn Season 13 to 17 May.
We have added some new photos from around Christchurch - including the demolition of Chancery Arcade, street art, and rebuilding.
John Robert Godley and the founding of Canterbury [updated]
John Robert Godley is known as the Founder of Canterbury even though he lived here for only two and a half years.
Christchurch statues [updated]
Have a look at the history of some of Christchurch's notable statues.
The New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 [blog post]
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival is coming to Christchurch from 7 to 12 April 2015.
To read or not to read that is the question: OverDrive's Big Library Read!
Shakespeare Saved My Life : Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates is the eBook for this month's Big Library Read. Unlimited check outs until the end of March.
Murakami unleashed: Auckland Writers Festival programme is out [blog post]
Haruki Murakami is the headliner at this year's Auckland Writers Festival.
Squeaky clean reading? [blog post]
Jane talks about sanitising her reading.
Welcome to Te Haapua: Halswell Centre
The new library, pool and community facility currently under construction in Halswell at last has a name -Te Haapua: Halswell Centre.
Auckland Writers Festival
Christchurch City Libraries connects you with the Auckland Writers Festival to be held from 13 to 17 May at the Aotea Centre.
Race Relations Day
Saturday 21 March is Race Relations Day. Find out about what events are taking place in Christchurch to celebrate.
Fantasy newsletter for March 2015
New titles from Elizabeth Bear, Brian McClellan, Gail Martin and more plus a selection of Celtic influenced fantasy, just in time for St Patrick's day.
Biography and Memoir March 2015 newsletter
Our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter includes a history of the life of 'Wolf Hall' protagonist Thomas Cromwell, as well as 'Travelling to Infinity', the memoir by Jane Hawkings of her life with Stephen Hawking. Plus of course the usual large selection of other intriguing lives.
Fiction A to Z March 2015 newsletter
From whales to midwives and lots more in between - check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter for some of the most interesting new books.
The Reserves of New Brighton [blog post]
Richard Greenaway explores the reserves early residents of New Brighton could enjoy.
Nga Pounamu Maori collecetion taonga [booklist]
Treasures from Christchurch City Libraries. If Te Matatini inspired you, our Nga Pounamu Maori Collections can help that inspiration fly.
Haere ra Terry Pratchett [blog post]
The road to Wigan Pier [blog post]
Ben's blog post on George Orwell's early 20th century musings.
Art, art on the streets
What is your favourite of the new street art around town for the Spectrum Street Art Festival? Have your say!
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction [updated]
The 2015 longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced - find out which books made the cut.
History and Current Events March 2015 newsletter
Women in history, Anonymous and the new Erik Larson feature in our History and Current Events newsletter.
Home, Garden and DIY March 2015 newsletter
Community food gardens, maker craft and books about bees feature in our March 2015 Home, Garden and DIY newsletter.
Popular Culture March 2015 newsletter
Minecraft, Prince and women in sports feature in our March Popular Culture newsletter.
How to be a feminist - panel [photos]
A panel session presented by WORD Christchurch and the University of Canterbury College of Arts.
Armageddon Pop Culture Expo 2015 [photos]
Photos from the Armageddon Pop Culture Expo at Horncastle Arena.
Thrillers and Suspense March 2015 newsletter
Freelance spies, missing children, vanishing women, and an intriguing new Scandinavian author feature in our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Library policy: Content breadth and depth
Our Content Development Policy guides the selection and management of resources collected and created by our library. Find out more about the parts of it that relate to our content breadth and depth.
Spectrum Street Art Festival [photos]
Photos of the Big Walls around Christchurch, The Spectrum exhibition at the YMCA, and the T-shirts exhibition at the Canterbury Museum.
T-shirts unfolding exhibition [photos]
Our photos of this exhibition at the Canterbury Museum.
Canterbury Japan Day [photos]
Our photos from Japan Day.
Victoria Square [updated]
Victoria Square was originally known as Market Square or Market Place. It was the commercial hub of early Christchurch.
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival 2015 [photos]
Our photos from Te Matatini.
Teen Scene March 2015 newsletter
Discover Gayle Forman's latest book, plus lots more great new young adult titles in our latest Teen Scene.
Culture Galore Festival
In 2015 this event will be held on Saturday 7 March, at Ray Blank Park in Ilam 12 to 4pm.
Science Alive! Under 5 Fest
The excellent Science Alive! Under 5 Fest runs from 6 to the 12 March 2015.
Families - Whanau
March is our month to focus on family times. Browse events and resources that cater for young and old.
International Women's day Sunday 8 March
Find out about feminism. There is a panel on How to be a feminist being presented by WORD Christchurch and UC College of Arts on Sunday 8 March 2015.
Editions March 2015
Read our latest newsletter for information on March events.
New titles March 2015
Our newly arrived titles, now across seven genres: digital (eBooks & eAudiobooks), fiction, non-fiction, audio and video, children's, large print and young adults. These items arrived in January 2015.
Toku ara o te reo Maori - My te reo journey
Masha's post on a journey of discovery as she learns Te Reo Maori.
Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter
Selected new historical fiction reads from our collection in the January Historical Fiction newsletter.
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival
Every two years, Te Matatini organises the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where top kapa haka teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the honour of being crowned the best of the best. From 4 to 8 March 2015, Te Matatini will be hosted by the Waitaha rohe at North Hagley Park, Christchurch.
Kapa haka
Kapa Haka is commonly used to describe a modern day performance of traditional and contemporary adaptations of Maori waiata, poi and haka. Find out more as Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival starts in Christchurch next week.
Looking again at 1914 - an interview with military historian Peter Hart
Kat Moody interviewed Peter Hart, the Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1981. He has written a number of books about various aspects of the First World War, including Gallipoli and aerial warfare. His latest book is Fire and Movement, which takes a fresh look at the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel longlist [updated]
The Ngaio Marsh Award recognises the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident. We have updated our webpage to include the 2015 longlist.
International Dylan Thomas Prize [updated]
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is presented to authors in the English language under the age of 39. We have updated our list of winners.
Canterbury Japan Day [blog post]
Canterbury Japan Day will take place on Sunday 1 March. Find out about the Day and about our resources for Japanese speakers and learners.
Kids' Books February 2015 newsletter
February's Kids' Books newsletter brings us practical jokers, thieves, superheroes, plus magic tricks and the one and only International Rescue Thunderbirds Agent's Technical Manual!
Interview with Linda Harrington
An interview with the author of Rosabelle has been added to our NZ Children's Authors Interviews.
Nature and Science February 2015 newsletter
Beautiful science experiments and why DID the chicken cross the world? Read our Nature and Science newsletter and find out.
Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with Christchurch City Libraries! [Press release]
In conjunction with the Christchurch Migrants Centre (CMC), the city's libraries are hosting a range of spectacular cultural performances, lion dances, lantern making craft sessions and other family-friendly programmes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Biography and Memoir February 2015 newsletter
Jurassic Mary, Coco Chanel, Stalin, Chaucer, Paul Merton, and actors galore feature in this month's Biography and Memoir newsletter. Subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.
Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations
The Year of the Sheep begins on Thursday 19 February 2015. Find out about the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations which are taking place at Christchurch City Libraries this year.
Fiction A to Z February 2015 newsletter
Fiction? We've got it covered from A to Z with our newsletter! Don't forget to sign up to receive it directly in your inbox.
O'Sullivan collection : First World War memorabilia, letters, diaries
A selection of material from the collection of Barry O'Sullivan relating to the first World War. The digital collection includes personal effects of enlisted men from Christchurch, regimental badges, diaries, letters, letterhead paper, newspapers, photographs and postcards.
Big Bargain Book Sale
Details for our annual sale of ex-library stock are on the website now. The 2015 book sale will be held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre. Friday 20 March, 9:00am - 7:00pm Saturday 21 March, 9:00am - 4:00pm Pay by EFT-POS or cash only - no credit cards or cheques. Most adults’ books are $3 (except for selected premium art, landscape and gardening books, and most New Zealand books, which are at marked prices) Young adults’ and children’s books are $1 Magazines are 10 for $1 Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, tapes, talking books etc are $2
History and Current Events February 2015 newsletter
Find the latest history and current events titles in our February newsletter.
Linwood Library and Service Centre at Eastgate closed
The Linwood Library at Eastgate is currently closed due to a power outage at Eastgate. Power will hopefully be restored around 10am. Wednesday 11 February 2015.
22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake
Information for kids.
Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes
Explore our resources on the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Explore our gardening resources.
We have updated our page on multisport - the Coast to Coast is on this weekend.
Armchair Travel February 2015 newsletter
Keen to take a trip to the Soviet Ukraine, to a remote island in Sweden, to the Maldives or to Indonesia? Or are ruins and forbidden places more to your liking? Our latest bi-monthly Armchair Travel newsletter encompasses these and many more tempting destinations..
Thrillers and Suspense February 2015 newsletter
In this month's Thrillers and Suspense newsletter: The Girl on The Train, a much talked about novel bearing similarities to Gone Girl; the prequel to Snow White Must Die; and usual suspects Mary Higgins Clark and Tony Parsons. Plus read-alikes for fans of Lisa Unger.
Editions February 2015
Read our latest newsletter for Waitangi Day and other February events.
Street art
Explore our collection of street art information, with a special focus on Christchurch art..
Science Alive library sessions
There is an after school science programme presented by Science Alive in ten libraries across Christchurch.
American Library Association Youth Media Awards [updated]
The winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards have been announced.
Science Fiction newsletter February 2015
Find out about some of the latest science fiction in our libraries including a new title from Jo Walton and classic Chinese science fiction, newly translated by Ken Liu. Also some sci-fi short story compilations.
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho -- to Linwood we will go! [blog post]
Job hunting? Check out our resources and CV and Cover Letter Week at Linwood Library.
Teen Scene February 2015 newsletter
Our latest Teen Scene newsletter has the usual selection of great new titles, plus a flashback to the 1980s.
Reading to dogs
Christchurch City Libraries Reading to Dogs programme is designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading.
This page links to our cricket resources including books, magazines, and websites.
Kids' Books January 2015 newsletter
Mysterious codes, wild weather, racehorses and dinosaurs, plus a special selection of titles for 'Frozen' fans - our latest Kids' Books newsletter is sure to have something in it to please all children.
The Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi
The Treaty is New Zealand's founding document. Find out more about the Treaty and explore our recommended resources.
Celebrating New Zealand: Te mana o Aotearoa
Kia ora. In February we celebrate all things New Zealand.
Top of the web January 2015
A post on which Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular in January.
Street art [photos]
A collection of photos of Christchurch street art.
Historical Fiction newsletter January 2015
Selected new historical fiction reads from our collection in the January Historical Fiction newsletter.
Pick your favourite name for the new Halswell facility
The community has until Sunday 8 February to vote for one of six possible names for the new library, pool and community facility currently under construction in Halswell.
Picture books newsletter - January 2015
Explore our latest batch of new picture books, including some from Te Papa.
Dr G answers
Dr G answers relationship and health questions for teens. We have just added a new question and answer.
Kite Day [photos]
Photos from New Brighton's Kite Day on Saturday 24 January 2015.
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury - Friday 6 February 2015
Find out what is happening around the region to celebrate Waitangi Day. 2015 is the 175th anniversary of the Treaty's signing.
PressDisplay - unlimited access and joy [blog post]
PressDisplay now has unlimited access, and has added over 800 online magazines.
It's Oscar time [blog post]
Oscar nominations have been announced, you can catch up on lots of them from the Library before the February 22 ceremony (Monday 23 in NZ), as well as the books they are based on.
CV and cover letter week at Linwood Library at Eastgate 2 to 5 February
We'll help with your CV. We'll help with your cover letter. We'll help upload them to your email and print 3 copies to give you for free. Book now for your appointment with a librarian.
Over 5,800 courses and 260,000 tutorials on software, creative and business skills, users of any skill level can take on bite-size tutorials for immediate problem solving or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics.
Biography and Memoir January 2015 newsletter
Interesting Kiwis dominate this month's Biography and Memoir newsletter. And for the royalty fans, there are two new biographies of Queen Victoria, as well as of Napoleon and his wife Josephine.
Costa Book Awards [updated]
Find out the category winners of the Costa Book Awards. One of these winners will receive the Costa Book of the Year Award, which will be announced on 27 January 2015.
Community advice [updated]
We have added information on Justices of the Peace (JPs) and Citizens Advice Bureau at our libraries.
Fiction A to Z January 2015 newsletter
Famous names dominate our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter: Peter Carey, Roxane Gay, Haruki Murakami and José Saramago. We also focus on 2014 debuts.
Isaac House [photo set]
Photos of Isaac House, 779 Colombo Street.
Gavin Bishop and Digital Stories at eBook Club
After Skype interviewing illustrator and author Gavin Bishop, kids created their own digital story.
Preschool storytimes 2015
Our Babytimes and Storytimes sessions start on 10 February 2015.
Christmas Cards, Army Kit and Uniform from WW1 exhibition [photos]
Photos from an exhibition at Central Library Peterborough.
Thrillers and Suspense January 2015 newsletter
In this month's newsletter: the latest by James W. Hall, Barbara Hambly and Ovidia Yu, one of Singapore's best-known writers. We also revisit some 2014 debuts.
Soundtrack to Summer Competition [Pulse]
Love composing songs or creating playlists? Enter one or both of our Soundtrack to Summer competitions and be in to win a Westfield Riccarton voucher.
Top of the web 2014
A look back at the webpages, tweets, photos, Facebook and blog posts that proved popular in 2014.
Top of the web - December 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
A post on which Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular in December.
Kia ora. In January we celebrate all the fun of summer and jump into the New Year. Find out more about what is on in Christchurch.
January 2015 Editions
Read our latest newsletter for Summertimes events and more.
Teen Scene January 2015 newsletter
Are you a fan of the Hunger Games or the Divergent series? Don't miss 'Stranger', the first novel in a new series that we are sure you'll love. Find this and other great reads in our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Most popular items in 2014
Find out which books and authors were the most popular at Christchurch City Libraries in 2014.
Selling the Dream: Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters [photos]
Photos from the Canterbury Museum exhibition.
Kids' Books December 2014 newsletter
This month's picks for kids include LEGO Ninjago, Hansel and Gretel as retold by Neil Gaiman, and a look at wildlife up close.
Joe Cocker RIP
A small tribute to the man with that powerhouse voice.
Picture books newsletter
See our picks for December's picture books.
What's up at Central Library Peterborough
Find out about the exhibitions on now at Central Library Peterborough, and the new market and coffee cart across the road.
Christmas eMagazines from Zinio for Libraries
This Christmas - and all year round - access hundreds of popular eMagazines with Zinio for Libraries.
Summer images
A sample of photographs on the subject of summer. You can search the catalogue for more, or browse our digitised images.
Kites and Kite Day
Every year during Summertimes, Kite Day takes place on New Brighton beach, south of the pier. In 2015 it takes place on Saturday 24 January, from 1pm to 4pm.
Digging Christchurch: Underground Overground Archaeology display [blog post]
Underground Overground Archaeology have a fascinating collection of old stuff on display at South Library.
Biography and Memoir December 2014 newsletter
Brando's Smile, Childhood of an Idiot and Cabin Fever: just some of the intriguing new titles in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter. Don't miss out - subscribe to receive our newsletters direct in your inbox.
Diamond Harbour Library to re-open on Thursday
The Diamond Harbour Library is scheduled to re-open on Thursday 18 December. Its repairs have been completed.
Name the new Halswell library, pool, and community facility [competition]
Construction on the new library, pool and community facility in Halswell is coming along nicely. We need your creative input to suggest a name for what will be a major facility and permanent touchstone in the Halswell community.
New Brighton hot air balloon accident 1995
We've updated our disaster pages to include the 1995 New Brighton hot air balloon accident.
Nature and Science December 2014 newsletter
Innovators, sports science, fracking and the natural world feature in the December Nature and Science newsletter.
Wanted: catchy name [Press release]
The Christchurch City Council is running a competition to find a name for the new Halswell library, pool and community facility.
Fiction A to Z December 2014 newsletter
The offerings in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter include works by Michael Faber, David Nicholls, Richard Ford and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan. Don't miss out - subscribe to receive our newsletters direct in your inbox.
Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards
Explore the winners and finalists of the 2014 awards.
History and Current Events newsletter
Liberty Style, Bungalows and Gin, Glorious Gin feature in our December History and Current Events newsletter.
Summertime Reading Club
Our annual Summertime Reading programme is underway for kids between 5 and 12 years old inclusive. The competition runs between 9 am 8 December 2014 and 5 pm 23 January 2015.
My best fiction reads of 2014 [blog post]
Best picks from our fiction selector.
Season's Greetings
We wish you and yours all the best for Christmas and the New Year from Christchurch City Libraries.
Christmas parades [updated]
Christchurch has enjoyed Christmas parades since the 1930s when T. J. Armstrong & Co created floats for parades.
Armchair Travel December 2014 newsletter
Fly away with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter to your pick of exotic locations.
Thrillers and Suspense December 2014 newsletter
Our December Thrillers and Suspense newsletter features the latest by Christchurch's own Paul Cleave.
Teen Scene December 2014 newsletter
Crossing into parallel dimensions, mummified bats, and the first in a new series by Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy - our December Teen Scene is full of goodies!