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Biography and Memoir newsletter November 2017
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Erasing hate and the rejection of white supremacism [blog post]
Find titles about the Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Fiction A to Z newsletter November 2017
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.
Books on screen: Murder most foul, sci-fi classics and more [blog post]
"Read the book before you see the film/TV series, or read the source material afterwards for all the added backstories and characters (that you can absorb at your own pace)?"
Bishopdale 2017: The Christchurch Documentary Project
Going beyond the iconic elephant slide and the suburban mall, five photographers from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts immersed themselves in the public and private lives of Bishopdale residents to create the latest instalment of The Christchurch Documentary Project - Bishopdale 2017. You are welcome to celebrate the launch of this online image collection, and view the exhibition at Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre. The exhibition opens at 6pm on Tuesday 28 November and then runs until Friday 22 December.
Christmas parades in Christchurch
Find out about Christmas parades this year: Sunday 3 December 2017: Christchurch’s Santa Parade on Riccarton Road; Saturday 9 December 2017: New Brighton Christmas Parade - and in the past.
Christmas in Christchurch 2017
We connect you to Christmas related events in Christchurch - from carol services and concerts to Santa parades and festive displays.
Fantasy and Science fiction newsletter November 2017
Find out about new fantasy and science fiction titles, with some topical picks by our selectors in our Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter.
Books on screen: Murder most foul, sci-fi classics and more [blog post]
A look at the latest crop of movies and television series based on books.
Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi [blog post]
"Ngai Tahu artists have transformed CoCA Gallery. On a recent visit I was captivated by the rock art images drawn on the walls. The drawings, by Ross Hemera, are inspired by ancient rock art. Fascinating pieces of sculpture and projections also rim the gallery walls and interior."
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter November 2017
Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and best picks straight in your inbox.
A natural quartet [booklist and blog post]
"I've recently been delving into some recreational non-fiction reading!"
Ballantynes' Fire 70th Anniversary - 18 November 2017 [blog post]
"About 70 years ago, on 18 November 1947, should you have been wandering down Cashel Street towards Colombo shortly before four in the afternoon, you would have seen a strange sight: Ballantynes co-owner, Kenneth Ballantyne, climbing down the parapet of his storefront. Flames all around him, he is the last to escape the Ballantynes' fire with his life. 41 other people were not so lucky."
The wahine who welcomed the visitors to Tuahiwi, North Canterbury: 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.
Gallops - and they're off and racing! [blog post]
Saturday 11th November marked the beginning of the NZ Cup and Show Week 2017 in Canterbury. Every year during the middle of November, Canterbury celebrates the province's anniversary holiday.
Climate Change is Real! says Orca: Idiot Gods by David Zindell [book review]
Book review of Idiiot Gods by David Zindell.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter November 2017
Our Home, Garden and DIY newsletter is the place to go for all the best new reads on crafts, cooking, decor, gardening, and home maintenance and repair. Projects aplenty for people who like working with their hands.
Ballantynes' fire 18 November 1947 [updated]
We have updated our page about Ballantynes' fire.
History and current events newsletter November 2017
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.
Popular Culture newsletter November 2017
Our Popular Culture newsletter has selected new reads from the worlds of television, music, sport and film and featured favourites you might have missed.
The Boat Runner [book review]
Darryl reviews Devin Murphy's fast-moving tale of boyhood, honour, and bravery set in World War Two.
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.
Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards 2017
View the winners and finalists.
Zetland Arms hotel, Cashel Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
"Another of the early wooden hotels in Christchurch which was originally an eating house, later a hotel."
Pets and fireworks don't mix [blog post]
Tips to help your pets.
100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire [blog post]
"A little after 8.30pm on 11 November 1917, clouds of smoke were noticed by passers-by coming from the roof of His Majesty's Theatre in Manchester Street. "
Image collection: Horse racing [updated]
A sampler of our photographs on the subject of horse racing.
Image collection: A & P Show [updated]
This is a sample of photographs of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show held in November each year.
The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show [updated]
Find out more about the history of the Canterbury A&P Show and the origins of Show Day.
New Zealand Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Anniversary [updated]
Find out more about NZ Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Annriversary holiday (Friday 17 November).
Recent necrology, October 2017 [blog post]
We take a look back at the work of well-known people who died recently.
Teen Scene newsletter November 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Fake news - What is the real deal? [blog post]
Fake news is the Word of the year for 2017, according to Collins Dictionary. We've got tips to help you spot the real news from the fake.
Armistice Day - Will you remember them? [blog post]
As we approach the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, on Saturday 11 November, it is good to reflect on the enormous sacrifice of our forebears, lest we ever find ourselves at war again.
Playing the Trump card [blog post]
Trump has been a clear favourite of many magazines this year - a selection of the Trump covers from RBdigital Magazines.
Stuff we love - November [booklist]
Our team share the stuff they are loving this month. A Staff Pickles list.
Have your say about New Brighton [blog post]
Consultation is open for a couple of upcoming developments in New Brighton. Simon from New Brighton Library looks back on the seaside suburb's history in photographs.
Read all about it! [blog post]
We have added two new online newspaper archives to our collection, The International Herald Tribune and The 17th and 18th Nichols Newspaper Collection. Find out more about these historical newspaper resources.
Storyland by Catherine McKinnon [Review]
Nameeta reviews Catherine McKinnon's novel, a narrative of interlinking tales telling the story of Australia.
The Late Maka Makomako, A Ngaai Tahu Chief Of Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The late Maka Makomako, a Ngaai Tahu chief of Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi and one of the signatories of The Otago Purchase of 1844.
Podcast - Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in Disaster Risk Reduction [podcast]
Episode from Human Rights radio show Speak up - Koorerotia. This episode looks at the issues around disaster preparedness and communication during disasters with minority communities. With suggestions for further reading and research from the library collection.
Review: Recipes From My Mother [blog post]
Everyone has their mealtime favourites "just like Mum used to make". Missbeecrafty finds Rachel Allen's cookbook is full of old favourites.
'Let the spirit of our ancestors remain with us forever' [blog post]
Ahead of a special screening on 5 November, Janna discusses the powerful documentary about the legacy of the Parihaka invasion, Taatarakihi - Children of Parihaka.
New titles November 2017
Our lists of items that arrived over the last month are available near the end of each month: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
Exams ... Study ... Help [blog post]
Becky, a library assistant at Riccarton High School, has some helpful tips for students at exam time.
Edward Aubrey and the Battle of Beersheba [blog post]
The First World War Battle of Beersheba was fought in Palestine 100 years ago. Our digital collection includes the diary of Edward Aubrey who took part in the battle.
New York = SuperVenice: 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson [review]
Simon steps outside his reading comfort zone with a new post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel... and doesn't regret it.
A Month of Winners! [blog post]
Don't you love it when you unexpectedly stumble onto a run of truly great reads...?? October was a massive month for me Dan...
Slave Power by Raewyn Dawson [blog post]
Kate R (a Year 11 student at Riccarton High School) loved the new book Slave Power by Christchurch author Raewyn Dawson.
Women Rule! [blog post]
Actually they do now with our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Find out more about role of women in history.
The Gig Guide: November 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue? Coming up this month: Marlon WIlliams, UB40, Paul Kelly, Lorde and Roni Size.
Neighbourhood Week 2017/18 [blog post]
Neighbourhood Week is here! 27th October to 31st March 2018. Yes, you read that correctly. This year neighbourhood week is extended for the entire summer.
Love Letter to A Bookshop : New Zealand Bookshop Day - Saturday 28 October 2017 [blog post]
Fee's love letter to bookshops.
A quick guide to NZ Bookshop Day in Christchurch - Saturday 28 October 2017
Here is what's on in Christchurch.
Students Avon River Bike Race: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017 [blog post]
Avon River bike race for University of Canterbury rag day.
Cool stuff from the selectors - from emojis to gardens [blog post]
Jane asks the selectors about the newest and coolest in books.
Gordon Ogilvie 1934 - 2017 [blog post]
"Canterbury and New Zealand lost a well-known and much-loved son with the recent death of notable historian Gordon Ogilvie. Author, biographer, teacher and one of nature's gentlemen, he was a man who wore his learning lightly."
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2017
The Last Time We Spoke Fiona Sussman (Allison & Busby) won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Dead Lemons by Finn Bell won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. The Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Nonfiction was won by In Dark Places Michael Bennett (Paul Little Books).
The New Zealand Wars [podcast]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. 28 October 2017 marks the inaugural national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars.
David Welch - Port to Plains; Over and Under the Port Hills, the Story of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel [blog post]
"I recently attended David Welch's Heritage Week talk about his upcoming book: Port to Plains; Over and Under the Port Hills, the Story of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel."
Turanga (New Central Library) [photos]
The latest pics from the Turanga construction site, Gloucester St/Cathedral Square.
Kids' Books newsletter October 2017
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.
Historical Fiction Newsletter October 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter
Bathing beauties at Corsair Bay about 1920: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017 [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries' annual heritage photo competition is on again. Find out more in our blog post.
Tusiata Avia - From poetry to prose [blog post]
Kiwilouise attends a booktalk by Christchurch-born poet and novelist, Tusiata Avia.
Bonsai! [blog post]
Have you considered the hobby of Bonsai? Colin shares information and suggested resources on the Japanese art of cultivating miniature trees.
How not to 'Halloween'... [blog post]
Angela shares Halloween misadventures, tips and book suggestions.
A 1920s bloke's shed at 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Picturing Canterbury is a weekly glimpse into the history of Canterbury via photographs.
Ah, the serenity of the West Coast [blog post]
Selected ficiton and non-fiction reading about the West Coast.
Nature and science newsletter October 2017
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.
The Changeover: Girls with big hair, saving people [blog post]
"The film adaptation of The Changeover premiered in Christchurch a few weeks ago, and is now screening in cinemas across the country. If you haven't yet encountered this melting pot of red-zone Christchurch, subtle romance and sinister magic, I highly recommend watching the movie and reading the novel it was loosely based on."
Win tickets to NZSO concert Rachmaninov with Joyce Yang - Tues 31 October [competition]
Rachmaninov with Joyce Yang is a New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concert at the Horncastle Arena on Tuesday 31 October. Pianist Joyce Yang will perform Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. Thanks to the NZSO we have two double passes to give away to library members!
Remembering Lawrie Metcalf - Plantsman [blog post]
"Lawrie Metcalf passed away on 18 August 2017. Lawrie Metcalf had a long association with the Christchurch Botanic Gardens as the Assistant Curator from 1955 - 68 and the Assistant Director from 1968 -1977. It was important to him to demonstrate how gardeners could incorporate natives into their garden and create a garden that truly reflected New Zealand, something uniquely our own."
Labour Day Monday 23 October
All our libraries are closed on Monday 23 October the public holiday Labour Day.
Man Booker Prize 2017
Lincoln in the bardo by George Saunders is the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
How to survive the end of the world : Defender by GX Todd [review]
Fi reviews the debut novel by GX Todd that ticks all the dystopian fiction boxes.
Learning Chinese in Context [blog post]
Hong suggests resources and strategies to help you learn Chinese in acknowledgment of New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2017.
Hang gliding - Port Hills: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017 [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries' annual heritage photo competition is on again. Find out more in our blog post.
World Standards Day 14 October [blog post]
Find out about World Standards Day and how you can access Standards via Christchurch City Libraries.
Yeah! Noir!: Craig Sisterson and the Ngaio Marsh Awards [interview]
Interview with writer and reviewer Craig Sisterso, the force behind the Ngaio Marsh Awards celebrating New Zealand crime writing.
From the Sign of the Takahe: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Every week we share an image of Canterbury from our digital collection or Kete Christchurch.
The Little Library Cookbook [review]
Helen finds delight and inspiration in a cookbook with a literary theme.
Learning music with Lynda [blog post]
Our learning eResource, Lynda, can teach you about a lot of things... including Musical Theory.
Start your Chinese learning with nursery rhymes [blog post]
Anita shares resources and information about bilingual storytimes to help you celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week with your youngster.
Isaac House [blog post]
Donna gets a tour inside the Georgian Revival building on the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets and shares the history and old photographs of the building.
Diwali 2017 at Christchurch City Libraries [blog post]
Find out about what's happening at libraries for Diwali 2017.
Bic Runga Drive’s back to Christchurch [interview]
Kim chats with Kiwi singer-songwriter. She shares her reading interests and formative library memories.
Podcast - Arms control in outer space [podcast]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Koorerotia.
Beca Heritage Week 2017 [blog post]
BECA Heritage Week is back again, 13-23 October, and this year the theme is Plains, Port Hills and Peninsula - Finding our way. Find out about library events during Heritage Week.
Cookie serendipity [blog post]
Missbeecrafty has found a cookbook that's made homebaking a breeze.
History and Current Events newsletter October 2017
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.
Big Library Read - The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett [blog post]
The OverDrive Big Library Read is coming up 12-26 October when we'll have unlimitied copies of young adult mystery novel "The hundred lies of Lizzie Lovett" available.
Waka, Okain’s Bay, 1977: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Picturing Canterbury.
My absolute darling: Possession, Love and Redemption [book review]
My Absolute Darling is an endearment from anyone else's lips, but from Martin Alveston to his daughter Turtle (real name Julie, aka Kibble), it is a term of possession and ownership of the worst kind.
The Gig Guide: October 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Reading in mind for mental health [blog post]
Pre explores some reading for Mental Health Awareness Week, and talks about the Reading in Mind for Mental Health scheme.
Fresh out of the box: 9 October [blog post]
Fee selects some favourite new books.
Tell me a story [class]
Do you have stories you'd like to share with family, friends or even the wider community? Christchurch City Libraries is offering a FREE six-week pilot programme for you to record your family history, the history of your area or neighbourhood, childhood anecdotes or memories of times past etc and present them as a short movie. If you have an iPad, or experience using one, these classes will show you how to record your story using the app iMovie. Include photographs, recorded audio and visual content and even music to create a multi-media montage that can be preserved and shared. Places are limited so bookings are required
New titles October 2017
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats.
Stacy Gregg's latest pony book is close to home: an interview with the author of The Thunderbolt Pony
Stacy Gregg's latest pony book The Thunderbolt Pony is a children's novel very close to home, both for Cantabrians and for the author. Set in the aftermath of an earthquake in the real life town of Parnassus, near Kaikoura, the story is about 12 year-old Evie and her determination to save her beloved Arabian pony Gus, her loyal border collie Jock and her aptly named cat Moxy. Read our interview and come and meet Stacy Gregg at Scorpio Books on Tuesday 17 October, 4pm to 5pm at 120 Hereford Street.
Ada Lovelace Day 2017: Celebrating New Zealand women in science! [blog post]
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in science.
Antarctic Season Opening 2017 [blog post]
Christchurch has a long history of playing host to Antarctic explorers and scientists. Find out more in our blog post.
Teen Scene newsletter October 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti [blog post]
A young daughter and her father move from motel to motel. What is the mystery of his violent past and the twelve bullet scars left on his body?
Artist's impressions of new Central Library [images]
Newly created images that take a look inside the new central library, Turanga.
Council decides name for new central library [media release]
Christchurch's new central library has its official name - Turanga. Find out about the meaning and history behind the name.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Children's books [blog post]
Selector Jane highlights some of the new titles available for children.
International Day of Older Persons 2017 [blog post]
Learn about local events, resources and information for older people in celebration of International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2017.
Kids' Books newsletter September 2017
Our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Historical Fiction newsletter September 2017
Selected titles of tales from ancient times as well as more recent history.
Cool stuff from the Selectors - Nature [blog post]
Selector Jane highlights new books on birds, flowers and human nature (among others)
Life is just better on roller skates [blog post]
Anne recommends reading for roller derby fans, and we have a double pass to a local bout to give away.
The interior of a clothing factory: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Our weekly selection from the online images in our collection.
Library memories [blog post]
Jane discovers a fascinating book about library card catalogues.
"They would much prefer staying at home and attending to their household duties": 19 September 1893 [blog post]
"124 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - women in New Zealand got the vote."
Joyce Carol Oates - The Word Master [blog post]
"The Doll Master is the latest offering from Joyce Carol Oates (aged 79!). And she's as fresh as ever."
A Fatigue Party On Duty, Addington Camp, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury
These men are shown carrying out their duties at a camp in Addington where recruits were trained before leaving for the South African (Boer) War (1899-1902). They are riding on a wagon owned by J.M. Heywood and Co. who were general cartage contractors of Christchurch and Lyttelton.
What’s in a name? A whole story, actually! Maori library names [blog post]
"What’s in a name? A whole story, actually! Every library in the Christchurch City Libraries network is named in both English and Maori, and with two new libraries (or rather, libraries returning in sparkly new form) popping up recently, we’d like to share a bit about their Maori names."
Harry Potter and the Cursed Sequel [book review]
Based on a story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the transcript of the celebrated London play. The story takes place 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts or, (in muggle terms), ten years after publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last instalment in this beloved series.
Stars of storytelling: Te Reo Wainene o Tua [blog post]
Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Maori/ to celebrate Maori Language Week, Christchurch City Libraries teamed up with Te Reo Wainene o Tua to deliver storytelling events across the city.
Top of the web - August 2017
Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in August.
There's Mutiny afoot ... [book review]
Dan reviews the HarperCollins book Fletcher on the Bounty by Graeme Lay.
What will you be reading in Italy? [blog post]
Lucky Roberta is off to Italy, what books will be in her suitcase?
Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist
4321 Paul Auster (US) History of Wolves Emily Fridlund (US) Exit West Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan) Elmet Fiona Mozley (UK) Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders (US) Autumn Ali Smith (UK)
Election - What are the critical issues? [blog post]
"With the election looming, now would be a good time to find out what the issues are facing New Zealand. A good place to start would be our Critical Issues Collection from Bridget Williams Books."
Sleeps Standing / Moetu by Witi Ihimaera [blog post]
"Kia ora readers. What a coup for Te wiki o te Reo Maori this book is."
Strange relationships - John Safran meets Te Radar: WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View [blog post]
"The appearance of Mr John Safran in Christchurch managed to pack out The Piano venue on Sunday with a fair audience. He was matched with NZ's very own version of himself, Te Radar Esq., who pointed out that although they both looked very similar, you could easily tell them apart as John was the one with the accent. Unless of course you were from Australia, in which case Te Radar was the one with the accent. Simple really."
Beth El Synagogue and the Canterbury Hebrew Congregation [blog post]
"A decision had been made. It was time for Hyam Edward Nathan to give up his seat. The members of Christchurch’s Jewish community, who arrived at the New Year service on 13 September 1882, knew to expect trouble when they saw that Nathan was already sitting in his self-appointed seat, B29."
Mai rano - Way back when [blog post]
"Growing up in the 60s the tamariki in my whanau worked alongside our mum and dad. Together we worked on our market gardens in Tamaki Makaurau. West Auckland."
School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities - October 2017
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.
Library and Learning Centre Holiday Programmes October 2017
Explore the activities and programmes for the upcoming school holidays.
Maori teen fiction and nonfiction [booklist]
Books and graphic novels written by and/or starring Maori characters and culture, for teens.
Tamariki - Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori 2017 [booklist]
A selection of recently added Te Reo Maori resources for Tamariki.
Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori with Tuhinga Pikitia - Te Reo Maori Picture Books [blog post]
"Some people might say they're just here for the kai, but I would say I'm just here for the tuhinga pikitia*. I love picture books, I really do. A good picture book is a work of art."
30 years on, how far has the revitalisation of te Reo Maori come? [blog post]
"30 years ago, on the 1st August 1987, the New Zealand Government passed the Maori Language Act 1987 making Te Reo Maori an official language of New Zealand. While this should be celebrated, it is worth noting that it took 127 years for the indigenous language of this Country to be formally recognised by the Crown. I had initially planned in this blog to recount the various ways that the speaking of te Reo Maori was suppressed over those 127 years. I was going to outline the various Crown policies and laws that were implemented to ensure that the language was suppressed and literally 'beaten' out of Maori. Laws such as Native Schools Act 1867 that enforced the non-speaking of te Reo Maori in public spaces, in particularly schools."
Madwomen and attics - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View
It was a dark, but not a stormy, night at the Arts Centre last Wednesday, when four mysterious black-clad ladies entered the room. With flickering candles held aloft, they took their places on the stage for an evening of great hair, literary tropes and another chapter in the ongoing battle between Team Rochester and Team Heathcliff (*).
uncover - huraina September to November 2017
Read our latest quarterly magazine. It's full of info about what is happening at your libraries.
Sultan Mahomet - Picturing Canterbury
Mahomet was a Muslim from Asia and he was one of a very small group of Muslims then living in New Zealand. His death certificate states that he came from northern India. A hawker, he lived in Dunedin but, at about age 69, came to Christchurch in Dec. 1905. He stayed at Brightling's Lane in the Avon Loop, the address of his son, Sali, or Icecream Charlie, probably intending to attend Sali's wedding. He died of a stroke at Brightling's Lane and is buried in Linwood Cemetery.
Photos [updated]
We have added photos from WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View sessions, and construction photos of the new Central Library.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2017
Kia ora - found out what's happening in libraries next week, and explore our reo Maori resources.
Te Ao Maori [updated]
We have updated our page for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week [updated]
We have updated our page for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.
Win tickets to NZSO Pianomania with Freddy Kempf concert on Weds 20 September [competition]
Coming soon to Christchurch is the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Pianomania with Freddy Kempf at the Airforce Museum, Wednesday 20 September at 7pm. Thanks to the NZSO we have two double passes to give away to library members! Enter now - just tell us your favourite piece of piano music.
Talking about race: Reni Eddo-Lodge and Victor Rodger: WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View [blog post]
n an engrossing event at Christchurch Art Gallery, Reni Eddo-Lodge was in conversation with playwright Victor Rodger. She talked us through her thought-provoking debut book Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race. This collection of essays seeks to unpick and challenge white dominant ideology.
Things that matter: Dr David Galler in conversation with Glenn Colquhoun - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View [blog post]
Kim reports back on this session in which specialist intensive care physician David Galler talks to poet and doctor, Glenn Colquhoun.
Shifting Points of View : Fail Safe / Fail Better [blog post]
Fiona reports back from a Shifting Points of View session with a variety of speakers that doesn't fail to delight.
Fight like a girl: Clementine Ford [blog post]
Moata reports back from Clementine Ford's challenging, funny and important WORD Christchurch session.
Teen Scene newsletter September 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
These Dividing Walls [review]
A series of vignettes about the neighbours loosely coupled by the building they share and the city they live in. A debut novel by Fran Cooper.
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme [review]
Karen says Lars Mytting has written a tale as historically epic as circles in the life of a Giant Sequoia.
The Mud Club: Gardening eBooks [blog post]
Gardening inspiration to get you back in the garden this spring. A selection of gardening themed eBooks from container gardening to landscaping, organic gardening and even gardening for kids.
The Gig Guide: September 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
With lashings of ginger beer* [blog post]
"It is difficult not to reveal one’s age when discussing anything you may have read or watched in your childhood but I loved watching the Famous Five on TV."
Stuff we love - September 2017 [booklist]
The Staff Pickles have picked their favourite books, movies etc for this month.
New titles September 2017
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats.
New Zealand General Election and advance voting at libraries
The 2017 General Election will take place on Saturday 23 September. You can cast an advance vote at some of our libraries from Monday 11 September.
Remembering Norman Kirk [blog post]
"A big man in every sense, Norman Kirk was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 to 1974, and leader of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1974. He died on 31 August 1974 and I would like to pay homage and possibly introduce him to another generation of Kiwis."
The Alice Network [book review]
"I spent the last couple of weeks down the rabbit hole, head buried in The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. The story captured me from the very beginning - no need to read to page 90 with this one; I was hooked by page two!"
From tiny seeds ... The origins of The Great Library Seed Swap [blog post]
Jo looks back to Lyttelton and how the Great Library Seed Swap started.
Teen leisure programmes at new Central Library
If you’re aged between 13 and 18 years, tell us what you’d like to see happening in your new Central Library and go into the draw. You could win a $100 Westfield voucher.
Peacock at New Brighton Zoo: Picturing Canterbury
Peacock at New Brighton Zoo. January 1965.
Tongan Language Week - Uike 'o e Lea Tonga
Tongan Language Week starts on Sunday 3 September. The theme is: 'Fakakoloa Aotearoa 'Aki 'Ae Nofo 'A Kainga' Enriching Aotearoa with our family values
New Zealand fashion [updated]
Explore our resources on NZ fashion.
Shifting Points of View: Fail Safe Fail Better [blog post]
Fee looks forward to the first session of WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View programme at the Christchurch Arts Festival - Fail Safe, Fail Better - with Witi Ihimaera, Lianne Dalziel, Clementine Ford, Hana O'Regan, Glenn Colquhoun and Victor Rodger.
Together We Read - Once Lost [blog post]
Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Once Lost by Ber Carroll simultaneously for free.
Win tickets to Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie - plus an activity pack [blog post]
Win a prize to celebrate the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie on 28 September.
220th birthday anniversary of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein [blog post]
In June 1816 a young woman named Mary Shelley awoke from a terrifying nightmare. That nightmare became Frankenstein.
The Mud Club: Gardening eMagazines [blog post]
Ahead of some library seed swap events, Simone reviews what's available for gardeners in eMagazines.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre - Art and architecture
Find out about the art and architecture of the new Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Historical Fiction newsletter August 2017
Browse our latest selection of stories set in times past.
Not such a strange meeting - Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon [blog post]
100 years ago at Craiglockhart Hospital for Neurasthenic Officers in Edinburgh, Wilfred Owen introduced himself to Siegfried Sassoon and one of the great literary friendships was born.
Listening to Reni Eddo-Lodge [blog post]
Kat explains why she's keen to listen to Ren Eddo-Lodge at her WORD Christchurch session next month.
Two Young Women: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Glass negative image from Kete Christchurch.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English [blog post]
Donna reviews the true story of librarians and archivists who worked hard to protect precious manuscripts from destruction.
2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day [blog post]
"When I first heard of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, I immediately thought of someone heading off in the dead of night with a new poem in one hand and a pot of paste in the other. The poem would then be pasted onto a wall or lamp post for us to read the next day. I was wrong. Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is a day for everyone from novice and curious to professional poet to have the opportunity to share poetry and revel in its magic."
Goldilocks and the three book clubs [blog post]
"The very best thing about belonging to a book group is the variety of new reads to which one is exposed. And if, like moi, you belong to not one but five book groups (two in Christchurch, one online, and with connections to two in South Africa as well), there will come a month when you encounter the bookish version of the Goldilocks Syndrome ..."
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner [blog post]
Karen reviews a new crime book and gives it a thumbs up.
The joy of coding [blog post]
From the 1980s until now, how is it to be a coding kid? Rob takes a look back, and recommends some top new books.
Podcast - Making a difference
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. What motivates people to 'make a difference' - and what actually do we mean by the phrase? Guests Billy O'Steen (University of Canterbury), Sarah Campagnolo (Volunteering Canterbury and Gap Filler), Teoti Jardine (Volunteering Canterbury and Avon-Otakaro Network) and Jason Pemberton (Student Volunteer Army and Social Enterprise World Forum) debate this fascinating - and somewhat elusive - question, drawing on their huge expertise in the volunteering sector.
Mobile printing outage tonight [news]
Our Payment Gateway and Mobile Print service will be unavailable from 8 pm to approximately 10 pm due to server maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Swap seeds at your library this spring - The Great Library Seed Swap [blog post]
The Great Library Seed Swap is on at Lyttelton, Spreydon, South, Hornby, and Akaroa Library in September.
Kids' books newsletter August 2017
Our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Adult Learners' Week - Celebrating the Value of Lifelong Learning [blog post]
Find out about events and resources ahead of Adult Learners' Week, 4-10 September 2017.
Fiction A to Z newsletter August 2017
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.
Opening day - Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre [photos]
Photos from the opening of our newest library in Sumner on Flickr.
Behind the scenes at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre [blog post]
Photos from the newest library in our network, opening Saturday 19 August.
He'll be back: The Terminator returns... again [blog post]
Moata looks at the various iterations of The Terminator ahead of a 3D version of Terminator 2 hitting NZ screens.
Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park, 3 April 2010: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park. Originally erected at 104 Holly Road. Photo from Kete Christchurch.
Hamilton aims for the sky [blog post]
Alina is late to Hamilton's musical bandwagon but that's no reason not to belatedly sing its praises.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride is the winner of the 2016 Prize.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Biography
The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez Laura Cumming is the winner of the 2016 Prize.
Podcast - Ethical supply chains [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Ethical supply chains is an important issue in today's consumption-driven world (and related to the last episode Human Trafficking). To debate the issue, Sally is joined in the studio by Jeff Ward (Liminal Apparel?) and Natalie Baird (Christchurch Trade Aid and University of Canterbury?) with David Capperauld (Child Labor Free) on the phone.
Nature and science newsletter
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.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017 - winners announced
The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced last night - read the winning titles.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel
We've updated our page with the 2017 finalists.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
We have updated our page with the 2017 finalists.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Non Fiction
We list the 2017 finalists in this new award.
Finalists in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults inspire Christchurch children [blog post]
Kim attends an exciting author event ahead of the announcement of the 2017 winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day - Christchurch competitions and events [blog post]
Find out about local events and poetry competitions leading up to National Poetry Day on Friday 25 August.
Hugo Awards [updated]
The best writing in science fiction and fantasy in the categories of novel, novella, novelette, short story, graphic story and related works, updated with 2017 award winners.
Bishopdale Library demolition [photos]
Photos of the demolition of the old Bishopdale Library building.
Producer Christine Dann talks about No ordinary Sheila, a documentary about an inspiring woman and the power of wonder [blog post]
Producer Christine Dann talks about No ordinary Sheila, a documentary about an inspiring woman and the power of wonder.
Postcard Hilltop Hotel: Picturing Canterbury
Postcard of old Hilltop Hotel on Summit Road, Christchurch-Akaroa Highway from Kete Christchurch.
Fangirl Heads South [blog post]
One librarian's madcap mission to see Tami Neilson live... three nights in a row.
Daughters of dystopia [blog post]
Religion has removed women's rights. Only young girls have any freedom. We review a new dystopian novel in the vein of A Handmaid's Tale.
Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize [updated]
Updated with 2017 shortlist.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature [updated]
Updated with 2017 award winner.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature [updated]
Updated with 2017 winner.
Pikihuia Awards for Maori writers [updated]
Updated with 2017 finalists in all categories.
Papanui PlayStation Playoff! [blog post]
Papanui Library is now hosting a monthly PlayStation 4 competition. Find out more - get yourself on the leader board.l
The end of the lineman [blog post]
A look at the life and career of Glen Campbell.
Fight for your (women's) rights [blog post]
A review of Clementine Ford's book Fight like a girl.
Daughters of Dystopia [book review]
A review of Gather the Daughters, by Jennie Melamed.
Cathedral Square: Past and future [blog post]
As new ideas for Cathedral Square's future are considered we look back on its past in photographs.
Altogether moving: Together by Juliet Cohen [blog post]
Helen reviews this new title by Juliet Cohen.
A hundred shards of potent remedy: an interview with Fiona Farrell about Decline and Fall on Savage Street
Masha interviews Fiona about her new novel.
Science Alive! Science Snippets in the Library
We have added the Term 3 topics to our page on this afterschool progamme.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre [photos]
Have a look at the latest photos from Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, opening Saturday 19 August.
New Central Library construction [photos]
Latest photos from the construction of the new Central Library.
New Central Library, time lapse video, 31 July 2017 [video]
Time lapse video of the construction of the new Central Library, Gloucester St/Cathedral Square.
Going a-Viking with Linnea Hartsuyker [blog post]
Dan reviews The Half-drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker.
History and Current Events newsletter August 2017
Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant moments in history in our monthly newsletter.
Canterbury Croquet Association formed - This week in History 31 July - 6 August
The Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealand’s first such regional association) formed on the third of August in 1910.
Stuff we love - Staff Pickles pick their favourite books, movies, and music [blog post]
The picks of the month.
Whalebone Cottage - 704 Ferry Road: Picturing Canterbury
"The house, situated on the former route from the Heathcote Ferry to Christchurch, was built in c.1867 for Daniel and Maria Scott. At the time of their occupancy it was known as "The Homestead". "
Recent necrology July 2017
Some well-known people who have died recently.
A WWI story in letters: The Last Maopo [blog post]
"I find myself drawn to diaries and letters that record a soldier's experiences of World War I."
Fiona Farrell: Writing big and the best in Decline and fall on Savage Street
Masha looks at Fiona Farrell's impressive new book.
Men without women [blog post]
"When Haruki Murakami came out of his study earlier this year and said to his wife: "I'm going to call my latest collection of short stories 'Men Without Women'", I wonder if she thought to say to him: "Hasn't that title already been used darling?""
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki - bombed 72 years ago [blog post]
"The atomic bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped by American airmen on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Three days later on 9 August 1945, the atomic bomb "Fat Man" was dropped over Nagasaki."
Podcast - Human Trafficking
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.
Game of Tomes [booklist]
Moata recommends books for characters in Game of Thrones.
Top of the web - July 2017
Explore our popular blog posts, Facebook posts, web pages, and tweets.
Review: The Fox and the Ghost King [blog post]
Missbeecrafty reads an oddball tale from Michael Morpurgo about foxes, football and Richard III.
Regretting Motherhood [blog post]
Jane reads a confronting book by Orna Doanth about regretful mothers.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: Fiction news [blog post]
Jane gives some examples of the latest trend, mystery fiction, and a couple of new novels from well known authors.
Quick Questions with Andrew Lumsden (Te Radar) - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch's suite of events at September's Christchurch Arts Festival. This time, it's the New Zealand media personality and author Te Radar.
Teen Scene newsletter August 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Balance and Harmony: The Creation of a Sand Mandala at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre - 12 August to 2 September
From Saturday 12 August to Saturday 2 September at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, Tibetan monks will be constructing a sacred cosmogram grain by grain with crushed marble coloured sand, representing a world in perfect harmony.
Quick Questions with Glenn Colquhoun - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch's suite of events at September's Christchurch Arts Festival. This time, it's the New Zealand doctor, writer and poet Glenn Colquhoun.
Invisible Indians - World Anglo-Indian Day: 2 August [blog post]
Learn more about Anglo-Indian history in Simon's post.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: from the 1960s to pink cakes and beyond [blog post]
Caves, cakes and a few other titles as picked by our selectors.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
The new library, community centre and museum Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is scheduled to open on Saturday 19 August 2017. The grand opening takes place at 1.30pm, and the library will be open from 3pm. From Monday 21 August, there will be a week of opening activities including robotics, architectural tours, and Quiver augmented reality.
Cathedral Square by Night 1959: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
"Cathedral Square by night the northwest corner with the start of Chancery Lane under the bright white light. The Tivoli theatre later became the Westend, a huge cinema (scene of many happy nights out in my teenage years) complete with cat known to sleep on seats at the back. The old building to the left was later the site of the AMP building, and the one to the right became the Government Life building."
Cold Cures - relax and listen to an eAudiobook [blog post]
"Streaming eyes and almost constant nose-blowing meant that the only source of entertainment I could tolerate was talking-books - Plug in and LISTEN. So I did."
Recent reads: Young adult fiction [blog post]
"I'd be the first to admit I judge books by their covers all the time, but sometimes the blurb is so compelling I have to try the first chapter anyway."
The well-mannered read [blog post]
"In this world of alternative truths, acts of terrorism, online dating and climate change, sometimes what one really needs is a well-mannered book."
Quick Questions with Witi Ihimaera - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch's suite of events at September's Christchurch Arts Festival. First up, it's the wonderful New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.
Revathi Performing Arts: Mayuram - Bharatanatyam in Christchurch [blog post]
Ever wanted to know more about classical Indian dance? Rema and Simon explain some of the philosophy and history behind Bharatanatyam ahead of a performance by local group Revathi Performing Arts.
The Gig Guide August 2017
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Cook Islands Language Week
2017 Cook Islands Language Week runs from Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 August.
Five comics you should read: August 2017 [booklist]
Malcolm picks the best comics he's read in the past few weeks.
Stuff we love - August 2017 [booklist]
Our team share the stuff they are loving this month. A Staff Pickles list.
New titles - August 2017
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats.
Historical Fiction Newsletter
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Kids' books newsletter
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.
Open air classrooms opened at Fendalton Primary School - This week in History 24-30 July
The first open air classroom at Fendalton Primary School was officially opened on the 26th of July 1924 by Mr E.H. Andrews, a member of the Canterbury Education Board.
Opening Day - Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre [photos]
Photos from Flickr of the opening ceremony and first day of Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre, Saturday 22 July 2017.
Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre opening day [video]
Sights and sounds from the opening of Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre on Saturday, 22 July 2017.
Kids' Books newsletter July 2017
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.
Historical Fiction Newsletter July 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
The winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar colouring-in competition [blog post]
We're happy to announce the winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar (for ages 0 to 12 years) competition. The prizewinners get family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal.
New Central Library construction [photos]
Latest images taken on 19 July 2017.
CLPE Poetry Award [updated]
Updated with 2017 winner "Moon juice" by Kate Wakeling.
Remembering our most colourful author: Margaret Mahy [blog post]
23 July marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of one of Christchurch's most famous locals, Margaret Mahy.
Sumner Gas Works, two views, 1958 and 2010: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Week in History 17-23 July -The "Monty tour" arrives in Christchurch 70 years ago [blog post]
In July 1947 Christchurch people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of WWII commander Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Lost Austens; or, Beyond Pride and Prejudice [blog post]
Alina discusses the lesser known and early works of the literary genius behind Pride and Prejudice on the 200th anniversary of the author's death.
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery" [blog post]
Helen discusses the enduring appeal of the works of Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of the author's death.
Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter July 2017
Formerly two separate newsletters Fantasy and Science Fiction are now combined into a single sources of fantastical and futuristic titles.
Biography and Memoir newsletter July 2017
Our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explores the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Fiction A to Z newsletter July 2017
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.
Opera: Carmen at the Isaac Theatre Royal [blog post]
Fee reviews opening night of the NZ Opera production of George Bizet's classic opera.
A Good Deed: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
The winners of The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Craft yourself a creature competition [blog post]
We're happy to announce the winners of the Craft Yourself a Creature - A Family Challenge! (all ages) competition.
King Edward Barracks construction begins: This week in history 10-16 July [blog post]
The Foundation stone for the King Edward Barracks was laid on the 13th of July 1905 by the Right Hon. R.J. Seddon.
We do things differently [blog post]
About the book by Mark Stevenson who sets out to meet people who have created, and are using extraordinary new ways to help our world.
Cool stuff from the selectors [blog post]
Jane looks at fashion, architecture, and insects.
Meet Libby the new OverDrive app [blog post]
We are pleased to introduce you to the latest member of the OverDrive family, Libby. Libby is a brand new, easy to use app for OverDrive eBooks and eAudioBooks.
Wednesday 19 July - Leighs Construction CSO Presents: Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead [blog post]
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra brings together music and mystery these school holidays with Leighs Construction CSO Presents: Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, in association with Eliot Sinclair.
Carmen interests: Archie and Jack MacDonald [interview]
NZ Opera's production of Carmen, Bizet's tale of love and betrayal, gypsies and bullfighters, opens at the Isaac Theatre Royal this week and amongst the cast is a chorus of ten Christchurch schoolboys. So what's it like to be 12 years old and in a professional production of one of the world's most popular operas? I asked twin brothers Archie and Jack MacDonald about how they got into singing, choirs, and their advice for other youngsters who might want to sing on stage.
We do things differently [blog post]
"Every now and then a book comes along that packs a big enough punch that I feel as if I’m flying through the air. We do things differently: The outsiders rebooting our world has me landing feet first with the feeling I can walk into the future."
Top of the web - June 2017 [blog post]
Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in June.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime cancelled
Sorry but the Wednesday 12 July session at the Botanic Gardens has been cancelled due to the weather.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine [blog post]
Helen reviews the debut novel by Gail Honeyman about a quirky, original heroine who struggles with social contact.
Popular Culture newsletter July 2017
New reads from the worlds of television, music, sport, the internet, and film.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter July 2017
Find recommended titles on gardening, home improvement, interiors, and crafts.
History and Current Events newsletter July 2017
Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant moments in history.
Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital Magazines [blog post]
Check out the new eMagazine app RBdigital, which is replacing Zinio for Libraries app.
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy [blog post]
Laura sometimes receives 'warnings' and this time the danger is supernatural. With a movie version due soon, Joy reviews this YA classic.
New Zealand International Film Festival 2017 [blog post]
All the books that became movies that feature in this year's NZIFF Christchurch programme.
Culinary delights from 1917 [blog post]
"Early last century The Press published a column with the delightful title Women’s Corner - where all matters for insertion were to be sent to the Lady Editor for consideration."
NZ International Film Festival 2017
Find out about the movies, documentaries, and shorts on show at the upcoming NZ International Film Festival.
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy [blog post]
"A recent reread of The Changeover as a middle aged adult and I still loved every minute of it AND there’s a movie coming in September AND its filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand, Margaret Mahy’s home town."
Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital Magazines [blog post]
Check out the new eMagazine app RBdigital, which is replacing Zinio for Libraries app. The RBdigital app comes with some great new features.
Team leaders at new Central Library
Find out more about three jobs at our new Central Library.
Rainbow Warrior
We have updated our page on the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985.
Community Connections August to December 2017
Explore our classes and sessions for adults.
Recent necrology, June 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including Paddington author Michael Bond, novelist Helen Dunmore and actor Peter Sallis.
Of marmalade, memories, and me: A tribute to Paddington Bear [blog post]
Recently the author of the Paddington bear books, Michael Bond, passed away. Kate pays tribute to the world's best duffle-coat wearing bear.
Cabin Fever [blog post]
Tree houses, cabins, tiny house and huts - all the reading you need for indulging your smallscale getaway fantasies.
Onuku Church, 1940: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Canterbury Society of Arts formed in 1880 on the 8th of July [blog post]
A history of the Canterbury Society of Arts.
School Holiday Survival [blog post]
Simone recommends eResources, eBooks and eAudiobooks to keep the kids entertained this school holidays.
Photos of Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre
Latest photos from inside the construction and fit out of the new Bishopdale facility.
(The last person to call me) Sweet Pea (ended up dead) by C. J. Skuse [blog post]
Ever thought of getting your own back on people who burst your bubble? Forget the Bucket list, Rhiannon Lewis has a Kill List.
The tale of a murderous governess [blog post]
If you loved the Brontë classic but always wished Jane Eyre had been a bit more murderous then try Lyndsay Faye's novel, Jane Steele.
Winter sports in Canterbury: Mountaineering [blog post]
The dangers, dramas and history of mountaineering in Canterbury.
Christchurch floods - This week in history, 3 to 9 July [blog post]
A look back in photos at the history of winter flooding in Christchurch.
Memories, mind-wandering, and the evolution of language [blog post]
Kate reads Michael Corballis's book "The truth about language" and reports back on his talk titled 'Mental Travels in Space and Time'.
Mahi maara - Gardening - A labour of love [blog post]
Janna takes part in a local initiative to bring birds back into Christchurch city by planting pirita/green mistletoe.
Mothers and daughters [blog post]
Roberta reads books about difficult mother-daughter relationships.
The Gig Guide: July 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Podcast - Human rights in the era of Trump [blog post]
Latest podcast episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia, with recommended reading on US politics and President Trump.
Coincidental chess... [blog post]
Fiona gets a chess lesson in the library which reminds her of the film The Dark Horse.
Winter in Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Images of Winter in Canterbury from Kete Christchurch.
New titles - July 2017
Explore the newest stuff in our collection. New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
New Books - 29 June [blog post]
Recent titles that have caught Fee's eye.
Happy Birthday James K. Baxter! [blog post]
Poet James K. Baxter was born in Dunedin on 29 June 1926. Learn more about his work and life in Fee's post.
An invitation to celebrate Jane Austen [blog post]
The staff of Central Library Peterborough extends a most cordial invitation to celebrate 200 years of Jane Austen on Tuesday, 18 July.
Top Pick Children's Books June 2017 [book list]
A selection of recently arrived recommended books for younger readers - a Christchurch City Libraries List.
Review: When Dimple Met Rishi [blog post]
Alina finds this new YA novel is perfect cosy winter reading.
Reading brown: Pacific stories and voices [blog post]
Kiwi author Paula Morris recently asked "Why aren't you reading brown?". Moata recommends a couple of titles by Maori and Pacific writers.
Picture books newsletter June 2017
Fun reading for the kids in your life - subscribe to our monthly Picture books newsletter and find out what's new, and explore some classics.
Coalgate or bust! The great snow of 1918 [blog post]
Christchurch is without power and Canterbury completely cut off. In 1918 it took travel by car, horse and skis to get the power back on.
Kids' Books newsletter June 2017
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.
Harry Potter: a personal history [blog post]
Alina reminisces about her history with the Harry Potter series as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone celebrates its 20th birthday.
Historical Fiction Newsletter June 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter [blog post]
It's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published. Helen explains why she remains a fan.
Te Rerenga Korero - Wheowheo ana te haere! [blog post]
Wheowheo ana te haere! They went at full speed!
New Books - 23 June [blog post]
Fee sifts through the new books hitting shelves and picks her favourites for the week.
Alice Grundy feeding Topsy the horse: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Fun with Farts - Old MacDonald heard a fart [blog post]
Missbeecrafty finds there's much to laugh about in this new picture book by Olaf Felafel.
PressReader outage Thurs 22 June
There are problems accessing PressReader as at Thursday 22 June 9am. Our technical staff are looking into it. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Podcast - Child poverty and the Budget 2017 [blog post]
Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia with recommended reading on the topics of child poverty and economics.
Digital Library Tiki Tour [blog post]
Find out about our website and the resources you can find on it.
Themis Files : Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel [blog post]
Waking Gods is the much awaited sequel to Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel's first novel of the Themis Files series.
Te Rerenga Korero - Koira!
Koira! Yes, that’s the one!
National Volunteer Week 2017
This week is National Volunteer Week.
World Refugee Day - 20 June
Today is World Refugee Day.
Matariki crafts
We've added instructions about how to make a star for Matariki.
School holidays - July 2017
Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children. KidsFest will be keeping Christchurch kids busy in July. Check out the holiday programmes and activities at our libraries and learning centres, and shows and performances for kids.
Shifting points of view - WORD Christchurch: 1 to 16 September 2017
Shifting points of view gives you a bumper crop of sessions from top writers and commentators. It's WORD Christchurch's part of the Christchurch Arts Festival and is designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.
Shifting points of view [booklist]
Read books by the writers visiting Christchurch in September.
Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show): Q and A with Kathleen Burns [interview]
Kate interviewed Kathleen Burns about The Court Theatre's v. cool show.
Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman translated by Jessica Cohen is this year's winner.
History and Current Events newsletter June 2017
Explore the latest history books in our collection.
Armchair Travel newletter June 2017
Explore the latest in travel books.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter June 2017
Explore the latest thrillers.
Lambda Literary Award winners 2017
See the winners of the Lambda awards.
The new Canterbury College building opened 140 years ago [blog post]
"Canterbury College was founded in 1873 and quickly gained 87 students. Despite the Canterbury College Board of Governors approving a Gothic Revival building design by Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort in 1874, delays occurred when it could not be decided where to build - land they owned on Worcester Street or adjacent to the Museum."
Finding Gobi [blog post]
Tania's reviews a book about a special dog.
National Flash Fiction Day 2017
Come along next week to the fab free event Flash in the Pan on National Flash Fiction Day 2017. When: 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 22 June 2017 Where: Space Academy, St Asaph Street
They Did What?! Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs Galore [booklist]
"There are so many people in this world whose lives are completely different from mine. Happy, sad, inspiring, challenging - these are some of my favourite books by and about some of those different people."
New books for June [blog post]
Here's the books Fee has her eyes on this month.
Photos
We've added some new photos of Matarki art and Worldwide Knit in Public Day.
Parihaka [updated]
We have updated our page on Parihaka with information on the Parihaka reconciliation.
Big Library Read 12 to 26 June
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is this month's Big Library Read. You can get this eBook on OverDrive right now - no holds, no queues, unlimited copies. Meet Mileva, The Other Einstein. Learn all about this remarkable woman by participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries, Big Library Read.
Te Rerenga Korero - Mau mau ana!
Mau mau ana! Caught! Nabbed!
Matariki Community Art Project
Find out where and when you can join in our Matariki Community Art Project.
Top of the web May 2017
Find out the most popular web pages, blog posts, and social media posts for May.
80 years old: Citizens' War Memorial (Cathedral Square) [blog post]
The Citizens' War Memorial is still there, hidden behind the cordon. It was unveiled on 9 June 1937.
Nurses' Home, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
100 years ago today: Sign of the Kiwi opens [blog post]
In June 1917, the new tea house at the summit of Dyer's Pass was officially opened. Find out the history of The Sign of the Kiwi.
Winter Sports in Canterbury: Ice Skating [blog post]
A fascinating look at the places Cantabrians have enjoyed that most wintery of activities... ice skating.
New Central Library construction [photos]
New images from the new Central Library construction site, taken on 6 June.
Recent necrology, May 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including musicians Gregg Allman and Chris Cornell, and Bond actor Roger Moore.
Podcast - 30 years nuclear-free New Zealand [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia.
Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction [updated]
Formerly the Orange prize for Fiction. Updated with 2017's winner.
Sir Julius Vogel Awards [upated]
New Zealand awards in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. Updated with the 2017 winners.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards [updated]
Updated with 2017 winners in the Picture Book, Nonfiction, and Fiction and Poetry categories.
Anne Boleyn - A King's Obsession [blog post]
"Alison Weir has an impressive body of work as a historical writer - both non-fiction and fiction - but I was amazed that she was willing to start a huge new series entitled Six Tudor Queens."
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
The Power by Naomi Alderman is this year's winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Stuff we love - June 2017
Our team share the stuff they are loving this month. A Staff Pickles list.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are administered by the New Zealand Book Council on behalf of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. In 2016, the Awards merged with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Awards.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - 2017 finalists announced
"Characters burst off the pages, delighting us at every turn," say the judges of this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. They have selected 35 finalists for the 2017 awards, out of 152 submissions.
Teen Scene newsletter June 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Te Rerenga Korero - Purere ana te oma! [blog post]
Purere ana te oma! Ran like a flash!
#Covfefe - or 'President Trump and Shakespeare are more alike than you might think' [blog post]
Trump isn't the only one who makes up words. Ladies and gents, meet Shakespeare...
Ciao Italia! a showcase of Italian fun, food and fanfare - Wednesday 14 June at The Colombo [blog post]
Fancy a trip to Italy but the budget won't stretch quite that far? Try Ciao Italia - showcasing Italian fun, food and fanfare Wednesday 14 June 2017, 6pm to 9.30pm at The Colombo 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham.
Win tickets to the NZSO Schumann and Barber concert [competition]
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are in town again this month with a concert featuring works by Brahms, Schumann and Barber on 21 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal. We have 2 double passes to give away.
Harold Parsons, Horse and Cart: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Harold Parsons in suit with three children. Child on Harold's knee is Basil Turner (later general manager of Turners Office Products, Colombo and Tuam St), others unknown. Location: St Martins, Christchurch. Date: circa 1915
The Gig Guide: June 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Te Iwa o Matariki - The Nine Stars of Matariki [blog post]
Maatakiwi talks about traditional knowledge relating to the stars of Matariki.
Queen's Birthday 2017 [blog post]
Queenly reading and information.
uncover - huraina issue 4 June to August 2017
Kia ora and welcome to our quarterly magazine, uncover - huraina. Explore and celebrate the resources, content, events, programmes and people of Christchurch City Libraries, Nga Kete Wananga o Otautahi. You can pick up a paper copy from your library, read the online mag, or download a PDF. Enjoy.
KidsFest 2017
KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 8 to 22 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and figure out what things you want to do! Tickets are on sale 9am this Thursday 1 June.
The Return of the She Devil [blog post]
Helen reviews Fay Weldon's follow up to The Life and Loves of a She Devil.
Gareth Farr - Warriors From Pluto - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Prospero Dreaming - New Zealand Guitar Music by Lilburn and Farquhar - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Spark New Zealand Piano Trios - Featuring NZTrio - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
uncover - huraina issue 4, June to August 2017
Read the issuu copy of our quarterly magazine.
Be in to win tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
We are running two exciting competitions during June and July this year. Express your creativity and be in to win 1 of 10 family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal.
Walton conducts Walton - The 1964 New Zealand Tour - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
New Titles June 2017
New CDs, DVDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks, fiction, non-fiction, large print, and stuff for kids and teens.
Te Ku Te Whe - Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Libraries closed Monday 5 June [news]
Kia ora. All of our libraries will be closed on Monday 5 June 2017 for the Queen's Birthday public holiday.
Dorothy Must Die!: The End of Oz [review]
Dorothy Must Die! is a young adult fantasy series by Danielle Paige; a new take on The Wizard of Oz, (which itself had many sequels). The End of Oz is the last (4th) book of the series.
John Psathas - Rhythm Spike - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Budget 2017
Information on the latest Budget.
Outage 8.15pm Sunday 28 May [news]
Due to a service migration, our catalogue and eResources will be affected from around 8:15pm. The outage may last until 9:15pm.
Old accommodation house [blog post]
An image from Kete Christchurch.
From Scratch - Songs for heroes [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Tami Neilson curls up with a good book [interview]
Kim interviews singer Tami Neilson.
40 years ago in a galaxy not far away ... [blog post]
"On a Wednesday in 1977 a phenomenon began. That phenomenon was Star Wars."
Shelver (permanent part-time and fixed term part-time)
There are shelving jobs available at Linwood, Spreydon, Fendalton, and Papanui Libraries.
Aubrey Diary [Twitter]
Follow @aubreydiary for tweets from the #ww100 diary of Edward Herbert Aubrey.
Otautahi Creation Station [events]
What gets you out of bed in the morning? If the answer is being creative, then come on down to Otautahi Creation Station - they are on at New Brighton, Aranui, and Central Library Peterborough.
Ipu by Gillian Whitehead [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Star Wars Day [photos]
Photos from our event at South Library.
Youth Week 2017
Youth Week starts on 26 May. Find out about what's happening at our libraries, and our resources and spaces for teens.
In a galaxy far, far away [booklist]
Exploring the Star Wars universe in books, music and DVDs. A Staff Pickles list.
Feeling festive, out of Africa! [blog post]
Roberta reports from the Franschoek Literary Festival.
RIP Chris Cornell - Soundgarden [blog post]
Simone explores resources about the recently passed lead singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell.
Douglas Lilburn - The Three Symphonies - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Kids' Books newsletter May 2017
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.
Historical Fiction Newsletter May 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter
Matariki - Maori New Year 2017 [blog post]
Find out what we've got planned for Matariki celebrations in 2017.
David Downes - The Rusted Wheel of Things - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Your favourite place to read - find out who won 3 books from HarperCollins New Zealand [blog post]
Thanks to all those who entered the favourite place to read - HarperCollins New Zealand competition.
All that jazz - Naxos Music Library Jazz is our newest music eResource [blog post]
We have a new streaming music service - Naxos Music Library Jazz. Good timing for jazz-lovers as the Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival starts here in Christchurch.
Learn a language with Rosetta Stone [blog post]
Introducing our latest eResource Rosetta Stone Library Solution, an online language learning tool.
The Dead Poets and the Non Poetry Reader [blog post]
Bibliobishi waxes lyrical about Laurie Lee and Dylan Thomas.
Three Symphonies by David Farquhar - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Fantasy newsletter May 2017
Find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors.
Tomboys, Dead Gophers, and a Coyote - Ivan Coyote at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season [blog post]
Kate reports back from the WORD Christchurch: Autumn season session with Canadian writer and storyteller, Ivan Coyote.
Anne Enright : Lyrical Words from The Green Road [blog post]
Fee reports back from the WORD Christchurch: Autumn season session with Irish author, Anne Enright.
Piano Preludes by Anthony Ritchie - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Adam McGrath unplugged - Saturday 20 May [event]
A free concert for NZ Music Month at Central Library Peterborough. Doors open 7pm.
Linwood College Showcase Concert 25 May [event]
This concert will feature cultural groups, the Linwood College jazz band, some rock bands and acoustic solos and duos.
James Gleick at WORD Christchurch: No spoilers for Time Travellers [blog post]
Moata reports back on James Gleick's talk about Time Travel - a brain-expanding WORD Christchurch event that discusses science, religion and movies.