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Women’s Prize for Fiction [updated]
Updated with the six titles on the 2018 shortlist.
Can men really write about women? [blog post]
Roberta's recent reading has her asking herself if male authors really know how to write female characters?
Picture books newsletter April 2018
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.
Kids books newsletter April 2018
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 April 2018
Browse our latest selection of stories set in times past.
Aue! Me tangi noa ahau ki muri nei [blog post]
Jo looks at the story behind the lyrics of "E Pari Ra" - a song inspired by wartime loss and grief.
Podcast - Food waste [blog post]
Episode of human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia, with reading recommendations on how to reduce food waste, including cookbooks.
Start your research with Credo Reference [blog post]
The thought of starting research can be daunting, so a great starting place is a hidden gem of an eResource - Credo Reference.
Across the wartime waves: Message in a bottle [blog post]
In spring 1914 four Christchurch men on their way to war wrote a note and placed it in a bottle. What became of them and their message?
Map of a scheme suggested by the Port and City Committee showing a new road tunnel to Lyttelton: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
As far back as the 1920s there was lobbying for a road tunnel to Lyttelton, as shown by this map from our Digital Collection.
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.
Tasty, bite-sized economics: Fifty things that made the modern economy [book review]
Alina reviews Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Harford.
Where sci-fi and fantasy collide: Carve the Mark [book review]
Claire reviews the new book by Veronica Roth.
Record Store Day - Saturday 21 April [blog post]
Here is what is happening in Christchurch for Record Store Day.
The Crime Scene: The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan [book review]
Dan reviews a debut novel with oodles of atmosphere.
Competition: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
If you'd like to read (or re-read) the book as well as see the movie we've got the competition for you! Win one of five double passes to the film and a paperback copy of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by answering our question about epistolary novels and entering your details. Entries close 29 April and are open to Christchurch City Libraries members, and winners will be announced on Monday 30 April.
Earth Day every day for Canterbury kids [blog post]
22 April is Earth Day - Kim has ideas for local kids who want to learn more.
Credo DK Eyewitness eBooks for kids [blog post]
Credo Reference is a great series of online eBooks that you can search and browse. Filled with pictures as well as information, they make a perfect starting point for that school project, or a interesting resource to satisfy a curious mind. Keep the kids entertained and learning in the holidays, with this collection of eBooks. Whatever they want to do when they grow up, we have it covered.
Nature and Science newsletter April 2018
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.
International DUBLIN Literary Award 2018
View the 2018 shortlist.
International DUBLIN Literary Award - nominations
View the library's nominations for the 2019 Awards.
Man Booker International Prize 2018
We have added the shortlist for 2018 to our page.
Fiction A to Z newsletter April 2018
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.
Anzac Day in Christchurch - Wednesday 25 April 2018 [blog post]
Information on local events and commemorations for Anzac day.
Murder in the Library! A Post Mortem [blog post]
Fee reports back from this crime writing event run by The Ngaio Marsh Awards in association with the New Zealand Book Council.
eMagazines for your weekend - RBDigital Magazines [blog post]
Here are a dozen fresh eMagazines hot off the press from RBDigital Magazines. Perfect for a spot of weekend reading - on your laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet.
Dainty Inn, High Street: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Situated at 242 High Street, the Dainty Inn first opened in 1940 as a "milk bar and quick lunch business". Image from Kete Christchurch.
Careers guide [updated]
Practical information to help you find a career, find out about training ,and discover where to look for jobs. Advice on how to apply for a job, and tips for the interview process
New titles, tweeted: Chris picks some top new books [blog post]
Our selectors spot plenty of new and interesting titles as part of their work. Here are some titles that took the fancy of tweeting selector Chris.
Podcast - Race and disability
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand'' only specialist human rights radio show Speak up Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Race and ethnicity, and disability, are among the most common grounds for discrimination - so what happens when someone identifies as both a racial or ethnic minority and as having a disability?
Five cool things about The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn [blog post]
The Woman in the Window is a stone cold blockbuster. Even Mr Sir Stephen King has been singing its praises.
Infinity and the Marvel Cinematic Universe [blog post]
Later this month The Avengers: Infinity War will hit cinema screens (25 April to be exact). Ten years ago Iron Man was the first episode in what has become an ongoing, multi-layered series know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU). Infinity War represents the coming together of many of these interwoven strands.
Sir Julius Vogel Awards [updated]
2018 winners. These awards are administered by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand.
Nebula Awards for Science Fiction & Fantasy [updated]
2017 finalists as chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
History and Current Events newsletter April 2018
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.
Spirituality and Religion newsletter April 2018
Looking inward, outward or upward? All manner of devotional and spiritual books will be part of this list, to inform, enlighten and engage.
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise newsletter April 2018
Stretch your muscles and your mind with our selection of books that explore the financial, physical, and philosophical challenges in life.
Remembering the Wahine Disaster - 10 April 1968 [blog post]
The Wahine Disaster took place fifty years ago. We reflect on the loss of fifty one people on the 10th of April 1968. This tragedy resonates strongly down the decades.
Armchair Travel newsletter April 2018
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Three Things About Elsie [book review]
"Hats off to Joanna Cannon who in Three Things about Elsie has vividly captured the vulnerability and flawed natures of so many credible characters, and imbued them with the wit, courage and strength to battle yet another day."
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter April 2018
Check out the atest crime and thriller reads
Recent necrology, March 2018 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently Roger Bannister, 1929-2018 British doctor, academic and middle-distance athlete who ran the first sub-four-minute mile in the 1952 Olympics.
Simpson & Williams, 238 High Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
This store advertised itself as "The busy booksellers, stationers and printers ". Photo taken in 1925.
What would you like to learn and do in Turanga (New Central Library)? Have your say! [blog post]
Kia ora. We need your input to help plan exciting programmes at Turanga. Tell us the programmes you would be most interested in attending and what times would suit you best. This survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.
The Wife's Tale [book review]
In The Wife's tale, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam recounts the life of her grandmother Yetemegnu, an indomitable woman who lived through the most extraordinary century in Ethiopia's history.
International Tabletop Games Day Saturday 28 April - and more fun and games! [blog post]
Saturday 28 April is International Tabletop Games Day. Celebrate with us at Fendalton Library from 2pm to 4pm.
Teen Scene newsletter April 2018
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Hugo Awards [updated]
The 2018 finalists have been announced for these awards for the Science Fiction & Fantasy genres.
Big Library Read: Flat Broke with Two Goats [blog post]
ennifer McGaha's debut memoir, Flat Broke with Two Goats, is the Big Library Read (the world's largest digital book club).
A patient's quarters at the Avon Pine Sanitorium at Wainoni on the New Brighton Road: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The Avon Pine Sanitorium was established in 1904 on Professor Alexander William Bickerton's (1842-1929) land at Wainoni Park for fee-paying tubercular patients who were treated by the open-air method.
Tick, tock: Timepieces of Christchurch [blog post]
"So here's to the custodians of large clocks everywhere, but especially those in Christchurch! Here are some of my favourite big timepieces; some still ticking, others now lost."
Haere ra Raumati, Kia ora Ngahuru: The change of season in children's books [blog post]
Books that explore the change fo the seasons for kids.
The house of Edwin Trent on his chicory farm [blog post]
A Picturing Canterbury post.
Historical Fiction newsletter March 2018
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
An Easter music egg-stravaganza! [blog post]
"Easter approaches and you find yourself with some extra time for contemplation, relaxation, and resetting your spiritual clock. How best to do this?? Personally I find music the best avenue for transcendental experiences so I have created a list of different options to share, for your ears, eyes, and souls!"
Win tickets to the NZSO Mozart and Mahler concert [competition]
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's 2018 season continues next month with a concert featuring works by Mozart and Mahler on Wednesday 11 April at Horncastle Arena. We have 2 double passes to give away to library members. All you need to do is name the video eResource where you can find a 2004 performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 (the answer is in this blog post) and fill out the competition entry form below. Entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, 3 April and winners will be announced on Wednesday 4 April.
QEII Park: Past, present, and future [blog post]
"Do you remember the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch? I do. I was on holidays and watched John Walker setting records on the track, while next door in the same complex, the Canadians and the Australians collected medals in the pool. My husband and his brother were in Christchurch and when they could, they caught the bus to Cathedral Square so they could get autographs from the athletes."
Easter Parade 2018 [blog post]
Our bumper Easter post has info on library hours, rubbish collection, daylight saving, bus timetables AND librarians pick their Easter reads/watches/listens. It's an Easter Parade!
Dragonsource browsing guide [blog post]
A post in Chinese from Hong explaining how our eResource Dragonsource works.
Love, loss, and Las Vegas glitter: All the beautiful girls [book reivew]
"Fresh out of the box this week is All the Beautiful Girls. This great story is the second novel from Elizabeth J. Church, author of The Atomic Weight of Love."
Top of the web - February 2018
Here is our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in February.
The old homestead at Stonyhurst a sheep station and stud farm on the north coast of Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury
Simon delves into our historical images.
eMagazines for your weekend - RBDigital Magazines
Here is a baker's dozen hot off the press from RBDigital Magazines. Perfect for a spot of weekend reading - on your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet .
Stephen Hawking 101 [blog post]
"So here is some information about Stephen Hawking and about his work - learn about Quantum Mechanics and cosmology and black holes from my selection of class readings for Stephen Hawking 101."
Fiction A to Z newsletter
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.
Try not to lose your head over this series [blog post]
"Murder, history, politics, religious reformation. Watching Queens come and go. Good Catholics having their saints and idols removed from churches, their monasteries dissolved and monks thrown out into the streets. And all because your Monarch, who you are fast going off, wanted a divorce and it wasn't granted by the Pope. Oh, and murders and the solving of them of course."
A bit of a stink [blog post]
"Sometimes in libraries we think about poo. Not necessarily because we want to but because our public toilets sometimes get blocked, sometimes books get Suspicious Stains on them, and sometimes we wonder how many royal toddler toilet training picture books there are..."
Korean post - March 2018
Jo shares information for the Korean community including a book club list.
Five Easter feast ideas [blog post]
Theresa has some ideas for alternative Easter feasts.
Race Relations Day - 21 March
The theme for Race Relations Day 2018 is "Give Nothing To Racism".
Poetry [updated]
We have updated our page about poetry.
Celebrating World Poetry Day - Wednesday 21 March 2018 [blog post]
"It's World Poetry Day today! As an occasional poet myself, I'm a bit embarrassed to say I didn't know there was a World Poetry Day until earlier this week. Turns out the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization are behind it, declaring in 1999 that March 21st would be a day to celebrate poetry globally each year."
New view for tukutuku [blog post]
Ten of the library's tukutuku panels are on temporary loan as part of an exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery.
Popular Culture newsletter March 2018
Our Popular Culture newsletter has selected new reads from the worlds of television, music, sport and film and featured favourites you might have missed.
New view for tukutuku [blog post]
"If you happen to visit the Christchurch Art Gallery in the next few months you'll see a piece of Christchurch City Libraries on display. Ten of the library's tukutuku panels are on temporary loan as part of an exhibition put together by assistant curator Nathan Pohio called 'Moroki'.
History and Current Events newsletter March 2018
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.
Have your say on the Long Term Plan 2018-28 [blog post]
Every three years, the Christchurch City Council reviews their 10-year plan. It is your chance to share your views on how best to manage the infrastructure and services that make Christchurch work. Read all about the Council's priorities, projects and how it is proposed to pay for it all.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter March 2018
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.
Tutor available 24/7 - Lynda.com [blog post]
Have you started studying this year and are feeling a little out of your depth? or do you want something to help you be at the top of your game. We have just the thing for you - a tutor available 24/7.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter March 2018
Our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
What are they reading? New Zealand Opera's Tosca [blog post]
What are the creative types at New Zealand Opera reading? Funny you should ask...
Happy Pride! Christchurch Pride Week 15 to 24 March
Find out about Christchurch Pride and some excellent LGBT+ reading.
Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 longlist
View the longlist including authors like Nicola Barker, Jennifer Egan, and Arundhati Roy.
Race Relations Day - 21 March
The theme for Race Relations Day 2018 is "Give Nothing To Racism".
Holi - Festival of Colours 2018
Find out about this year's Holi on Saturday 17 March, and discover the origins and meaning of Holi.
Cathedral Square on a tram excursion day to Sumner: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Cathedral Square on a tram excursion day to Sumner [1900]. The seaside suburb of Sumner was first connected to Christchurch city by tram in 1888. A photograph from our Digital Collection.
Victoria Square reopens - Friday 9 March 2018 [blog post[
Donna and her camera visit the newly re-opened Victoria Square to see the new and the return of the familiar after its earthquake refurbishment.
Love, jealousy, and more than a little stabbing: NZ Opera's Tosca [review]
Claire attends opening night at the latest NZ Opera production to hit town... and falls under its spell.
Dip your pen in your own psyche: An interview with Francis Spufford [interview]
Joyce talks to author Francis Spufford ahead of his WORD Christchurch event on Weds 7 March 7pm.
The doctor (of horror) is in [interview]
Moata interviews Dr Erin Harrington ahead of her talk about horror movies.
Harry Giles: Doer of Things (WORD Christchurch event, Tues 13 March 7.30pm)
Find out more about this upcoming event.
Recent necrology, February 2018
Some well-known people who have died recently.
Teen Scene newsletter March 2018
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Art and social responsibility [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. The role of art and artists in raising awareness of social and political issues - show recorded live at Christchurch's CoCA (Centre of Contemporary Art) with artist Ruth Watson (whose exhibition Geophagy prompted the topic), art curator Jennifer Shields, socialist feminist Sionainn Byrnes and environmental activist Alice Ridley of Saikuru.
All About Women: Satellite Event at Christchurch Art Gallery, Sunday 4 March 2018 [blog post]
Andrew reports back from the live-streamed All about women sessions beamed in from the Sydney Opera House to the Christchurch Art Gallery on Sunday from 3pm to 7.30pm.
Celebrate International Women's Day with Stephen King's Sleeping Beauties [review]
"Dooling is a place where people live on a knife edge; work hard, drink hard. Women around the world bear the brunt of this in their daily lives. Some have gone to prison for fighting back."
March 2018 customer newsletter
Read our latest quarterly newsletter for customers.
uncover - huraina issue 7 March to May 2018
The latest library newslette is online now.
New titles 2018
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats.
International Women's Day 2018
"The 2018 theme is #PressforProgress - and it is about motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive."
Stuff we love - March 2018 [booklist]
Here are the titles librarians are loving this month.
Easter hours 2018
Check out our opening hours over Easter.
Foundation stone laid for a memorial on Anzac Day [blog post]
"After the Great War ended, there were many competing ideas for a permanent war memorial in Christchurch. Options discussed were varied and included a museum, a monument, a new tram shelter in Cathedral Square or a hospital ward. Vigorous debate around the suitability of the options often played out in The Press in letters to the Editor."
A library but not as we know it [blog post]
An article about the new central library Turanga by Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information, Christchurch City Council.
The Normal School, Cranmer Square, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
n Apr. 1873 the Canterbury Board of Education held a design competition for a projected normal school. The winner was S.C. Farr, a Christchurch architect, with a revised Gothic design.
Francis Spufford [interview]
Dip your pen in your own psyche: Joyce interviews writer Francis Spufford ahead of a WORD Christchurch event, Weds 7 March 7pm.
The doctor (of horror) is in [interview]
Moata interiews Dr Erin Harrington, expert in mMonsters, murderers and all things sinister and unsettling - or more specifically, the horror genre. Dr Harrington is giving a free talk at the university. 7pm, Wednesday 7 March at University of Canterbury.
Harry Giles: Doer of Things
Andrew looks at an upcoming WORD Christchurch event, on Tues 13 March 7.30pm.
Learning with Lynda [blog post]
With more than 6,300 courses and 267,000 video tutorials, Lynda has something for everyone. Learn about this incredibly useful eResource.
Have you found yourself yet? [blog post]
Roberta's latest reads, one a memoir, the other a novel both dwell on mortality.
Nostalgia poet - Yu Guangzhong
Hong discussess Poet, Yu Guangzhong's well known poem "Nostalgia", about overseas Chinese people's longing for homeland and family reunion in the Lunar New Year season.
Historical Fiction Newsletter February 2018
Browse our latest selection of stories set in times past.
What were we listening to in 1988? - A musical nostalgia trip! [blog post]
Dan takes a musical nostalgia trip to the 1980s and remembers some of the great music that turns 30 this year.
Canterbury Japan Day 2018 [blog post]
Canterbury Japan Day is an annual event organised by The Japanese Society of Canterbury with the aim of sharing authentic Japanese culture with Cantabrians. In 2018 it will take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 4 March at Riccarton Park, 165 Racecourse Road.
Podcast - Euthanasia [audio]
Episode from human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This episode looks at opposing views of euthanasia and assisted dying. Submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill are open until 6 March 2018. With reading and resources on these topics.
Charles Nicholas Oates and his motor-car: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Charles Nicholas Oates (1853?-1938) and his motor-car [1901]. "The passengers are Mr P Denton, Mr N. Oates and two of his children".
Unruly enclaves and Ruly dogs: Cool stuff from the selectors [blog post]
Hot picks from the selectors.
22 February 2011 / 22 February 2018 - Remembering [blog post]
Seven years ago Christchurch was hit by an earthquake that killed 185 people.
New Zealand Census 2018
The next census will be on Tuesday 6 March 2018. NVisit the Census website to find out about more about what it is, why it happens, and what is done with your information. You can complete your census on the free computers available at all our libraries.
Top of the web January 2018 [blog post]
Here's our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in January.
LYFE - Linwood Youth Festival Experience [updated]
Updated with details and date for LYFE 2018.
Biography and Memoir newsletter February 2018
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Picture books newsletter February 2018
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.
Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter February 2018
Find out about new fantasy and science fiction titles, with some topical picks by our selectors in our Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter.
Strange weather: Four great reads in one [review]
Angela tries Joe Hill's latest and isn't disappointed.
Nature and Science newsletter February 2018
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.
Thursday 22 February 2018 - Earthquake Commemorations [blog post]
The seventh anniversary of the 22 February 2011 quake is this Thursday 22 February. There are places where the community can come together to reflect, and remember.
Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2018
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.
It ain't all hearts and flowers [blog post]
"The origins of Valentine's Day are somewhat less lovey-dovey and a good deal more violent."
2018 [blog post]
Jo's Korean language post for February.
Defending Lyttelton: Torpedo Boat No. 168 Defender [blog post]
"Before 1885 there possibly would have been only a few people in New Zealand who had ever heard of the Panjdeh region in what is now Turkmenistan."
Riverview Lodge: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The house at 361 Cambridge Terrace was built c.1904 and is an example of a residence designed in the Queen Anne style of architecture.
Big little books - The BWB Texts Collection [blog post]
"Bridget Williams has a great series of little books called the BWB Texts Collection. There are some seriously good reads in this collection and all of them are short. There are some great memoirs, and other interesting topics like combining motherhood and politics, and the Australia vs New Zealand debate."
New year, new reads: Sci fi, fantasy, and mystery for teens [blog post]
"...so that frees me up to talk about some YA books from the new year."
History and Current Events newsletter February 2018
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.
Mutton chops and door knockers, face fungus and designer stubble - Lucinda Hawksley at the Christchurch Art Gallery, WORD Christchurch [blog post]
It's all about them beards (and moustaches): Rob reports back on Lucinda Hawksley's WORD Christchurch talk at the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Where have all the middle-aged gone? [blog post]
There have been no middle-aged folk in any of Roberta's recent reads. Do the elderly and the young just make for more interesting fiction?
Komako: Reclaiming the Maori literary tradition [blog post]
Our Pou Kohikohinga Maori talks about a new online tool that makes finding work by Maori writers easier, and shares her favourite reads.
10 Reasons to Love Nigella Lawson [blog post]
Theresa reports back from Nigella Lawson's WORD Christchurch event at the Isaac Theatre Royal.l
Traffic Officer Herbert MacIntosh prepares to mount his bicycle: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Traffic Officer Herbert MacIntosh prepares to mount his bicycle (1895). Standish & Preece.
The Olympic Games [updated]
Updated with information about the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Olympics for kids [updated]
Updated with information about the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Ten Titles, tweeted: Our selectors pick some top new books [blog post]
Our selectors spot plenty of new and interesting titles as part of their work. Here are some titles that took the fancy of our tweeting selectors
Teen scene newsletter - February 2018
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
How do you learn a language in a month?:: Mango Language's 31 Days of Language challenge [blog post]
Magandang umaga! Good morning! Ako si Kate. My name is Kate. Have you always wanted to learn a new language? IIs one of your 2018 New Year Resolutions to be able to chat in a different language? Well then, you are in luck! Check out Mango Languages, and get on with it! It's fun, easy, and free - all you need is a Christchurch City Libraries library card and a password/PIN.
Recent necrology, January 2018 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including local politician Jim Anderton and author Ursula Le Guin.
Fred Wood (of England) comes a cropper: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A penny farthing accident captured in photography. From our Digital Collection.
Perfect or flawed? Cecelia Ahern's dystopian sequel [blog post]
Missbeecrafty reviews Perfect the sequel to popular young adult novel, Flawed.
Computing classes and tech drop-ins [updated]
We'd love to help you be more comfortable with technology. Sign up for a course starting 12 Feb, or make use of our free drop-in sessions!
Cycling for beginners [blog post]
"I thought this would be a great opportunity to share what I know about cycle commuting in Christchurch with her, but also with other wannabe cyclists who are thinking about trying to rack up some kilometres this month in the friendly competition that is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge."
Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, 1840 [blog post]
Waitangi Day is coming up so why not find out more about the Treaty of Waitangi? The Treaty of Waitangi Collection is an amazing resource.
Starting school [updated]
Here are some resources to help get your child ready to start school, and to assist in choosing a school.
New titles - January 2018
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection - music, movies, books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, large print, stuff for kids & teens.
Jobs
Visit our page listing jobs and explaining our recruitment process.
Missbeecrafty's latest crafty finds [blog post]
Missbeecrafty shares her recent crafty book finds from the library collection.
Podcast - The public intellectual in the nuclear age [blog post]
The latest episode of Speak up - Koorerotia looks at public debate and nuclear weapons. With recommended reading on this topic from the library collection.
Get in the driver's seat with Youthtown - Sign up for Learners Licence workshops starting 12 February [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries is hosting Youthtown's six week after-school Learners Licence Workshops from 12 February at a number of libraries.
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury - Tuesday 6 February 2018 [blog post]
Find out about Waitangi Day celebrations and events for 2018
Kids' books newsletter January 2018
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. Be first in the know: subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox.
Read Aloud. Change the World - Thursday 1 February is World Read Aloud Day [blog post]
Thursday 1 February is World Read Aloud Day, because: "We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people."
Women of the Air Force Auxiliary, Harewood, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
"The first batch of 41 women volunteers in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force began work at Harewood aerodrome in 1941. Women had not figured prominently in air force activities prior to this date. They were needed because many men were away fighting in World War Two. Here some of the women are shown leaving the city for the aerodrome by bus.:
Schools [updated]
Find out about Learning Centre classes for schools.Our school programmes are split into Horizons courses, Connect sessions and Specialised Classes.
Justice of the Peace (JPs)
Justices of the Peace are in regular attendance at some of our libraries. A Justice of the Peace (JP) can witness signatures and documents, certify document copies, hear oaths, declarations, affidavits or affirmations as well as sign citizenship, sponsorship or rates rebates applications. There is no charge for this service.
Network outage 9pm to 12pm Monday 29 January
There will be no access to our catalogue, website, and eResources for three hours on Monday 29 January while an upgrade takes place. Wifi outside the libraries will also be unavailable. The outage is expected to last from 9pm to 12pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Cool stuff from the selectors: An array of great children's books
You can usually rely on children's books to have interesting inviting covers. This month's selection do not disappoint. Designed for children - but equally enjoyed by adults - there should be something here that appeals to all ages.
And the nominees are ... [blog post]
The nominees for the Academy awards have been announced for this year. Explore the movies in our collection on DVD.
National Book Critics Circle Awards 2017
We list the 2017 finalists.
Historical Fiction newsletter January 2018
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction novels and handpicked titles you may have missed in our monthly newsletter.
The future is just around the corner... [blog post]
Kat's latest science/history read has her musing on the nature of the present, the future, and progress.
Customers relaxing in the Attic Coffee House, 123a Cashel Street: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
1950s photograph from our Digital Image collection.
Win tickets to the NZSO National Youth Orchestra concert - 2 February [competition]
We've got 2 double passes to give away to the National Youth Orchestra concert at the Isaac Theatre Royal next month.
Word up - 2018 in books [blog post]
Staff Pickle, Donna is on a mission to document her reading in 2018. Learn more about her bookish finds in this blog post.
Kites and Kite Day [updated]
We have updated our page with information on Kite Day 2018, it is on Saturday 20 January from 1pm to 4pm.
Collaborative urban living [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. In this episode Sally is joined by Jason Twill (UTS: University of Technology Sydney), Greer O'Donnell (Ohu) and Jane Quigley (Viva Project Otautahi Christchurch NZ) who discuss ideas and opportunities for collaborative urban living in Christchurch and NZ.
Top of the web December 2017
Here is our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in December.
New Zealand Census [updated]
New Zealand's next census takes place on Tuesday 6 March 2018.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Wunderkammer and Generation Wealth [blog post]
Jane hunts out the most intriguuing of new books in our collection.
A novella idea... [blog post]
Dan recommends some shorter titles for readers not looking for a long-term commitment.
Costa Book Awards [updated]
Updated with 2017 winners in the categories of Children's, Novel, First Novel, Biography, and Poetry.
Fiction A to Z newsletter January 2018
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter & discover reads to engage and enlighten.
The corner of Cashel and High Streets, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Cobb & Co. established their line of coaches in Christchurch in 1863. Photo of their coach office facing east on the Cashel/High Triangle.
Into each life (and city) some rain must fall
Rain, rain, go away. But if it doesn't we've got tips and resources on dealing with the deluge.
Recent necrology, December 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including detective fiction author Sue Grafton.
Two years gone: Celebrate David Bowie [blog post]
Some great books have come out since David Bowie died two years ago. Fee makes her picks of the best of Bowie.
Popular Culture newsletter January 2018
Our Popular Culture newsletter has selected new reads from the worlds of television, music, sport and film and featured favourites you might have missed.
History and Current Events newsletter January 2018
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.
The many confusions of a new year [blog post]
Who will you be in 2018? Roberta's recent reading has given her some hints.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter January 2018
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.
Reading Challenges, and the end-of-year rush to complete them [blog post]
Kate looks back on the books that made up her "Five Book Challenge" in 2017.
Bibliobishi's Optimistic Reading and Viewing for January and Beyond [blog post]
The reading that Ms Bishi is looking forward to this month.
Busy Christchurch: a view in Cathedral Square looking towards the BNZ corner on a hot summer's day: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A 1913 photograph from our digital image collection.
Best (& Worst) Children's Books of 2017 [blog post]
Kim reports back on this event and everyone picks their fave books for kids and teens in 2017.
Child's Play - Lauren Child [blog post]
Kim reports back on Lauren Child's appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival.
Summer Holiday Activities - January 2018 [blog post]
All ages are welcome at these activities. sessions are FREE, and they don't require bookings (unless mentioned otherwise). Join in from Tuesday 9 January 2018.
Children taking donkey rides on Sumner beach, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Children taking donkey rides on Sumner beach, Christchurch [ca. 1905]
What's a young person to do this summer?! [blog post]
The summer holidays are upon us at last and there's now lots of daytime hours to pursue your extracurricular interests and one of those interests is sure to be reading, but just WHAT do you read?!
Teen Scene newsletter January 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Garden CATastrophe [blog post]
Kittens and gardens, how to teach a cat new tricks.
Christmas eMagazines on RBDigital 2017 [blog post]
Get your Christmas inspiration online with eMagazines.
Christmas in the backyard, 1958: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A family Christmas in our back yard in Opawa. I am showing off my new scooter, my sister Jenny has a cane dolls pram and my cousin Wayne has a carpentry set.
It's Margaret Mahy Playground's 2nd Birthday! [blog post]
The Margaret Mahy Family Playground opened on 22 December 2015.
The twelve days of Kete Christmas [blog post]
Join us in a festive celebration of Christchurch photographic heritage as every day we find a new gift in our Christmas basket, Kete Christchurch.
Great eAudiobooks to listen to on your next Road Trip [blog post]
Got a summer holiday planned? Does it involve a long road trip? If you answered yes to these questions, then an eAudiobook could be the perfect solution.
Relax and read an eBook [blog post]
Check out these eBooks from OverDrive to read over summer, something from all genres.
2017 book challenge [blog post]
Reader, I need your help. I've been diligently ticking off the categories on this year's reading challenge (Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge), but it's getting incredibly close to 2018 and I've still got a few unfilled.
Top of the web - November 2017
Kia ora. Here's our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in November.
WILD about reading in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Tick off one of your Christchurch City Libraries' Summer Reading Challenges by reading outdoors!
READ this summer and be in to WIN!
This January 2018 we will be running two competitions to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage people of all ages to simply pick up a book and read!
Ultra Violet to Aubergine: Reading purple [blog post]
Pantone has announced their colour of the year for 2018. So get a little extra purple in your life with these titles.
Christmas movies for everybody [blog post]
Whether you're a massive Christmas fan or something of a grinch, there's a festive film with your name on it.
Fiction A to Z newsletter December 2017
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Armchair Travel newsletter December 2017
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
A confusion of princes [blog post]
Emily reviews a young adult speculative fiction title that's not part of a series and recommends other similar titles that she's enjoyed.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter [blog post]
Explore the latest Thriller and Suspense titles.
Moriori artifacts : weapons, implements and god (a figure of the Moriori god Hatitimatangi): Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
We share weekly historical images from our digital image collection.
Have yourself a very library Christmas [blog post]
Christmassy events at libraries.
The Five Book Challenge [blog post]
Helen branches out with her reading into unfamiliar genres, including science fiction, young adult and western.
Sanitoriums and Dust Jackets: Cool Stuff from the Selectors [blog post]
The latest picks from our library selectors.
A new whale for a new generation [blog post]
New Brighton Beachside Playground is scheduled to open on Weds 20 Dec 10.30am. Find out about the history of the much-loved whale!
Donation of Polish books to Christchurch City Libraries [blog post]
On Saturday 9th December, Central Library Peterborough hosted Mr Zbigniew Gniatkowskted, the Polish Ambassador to New Zealand; Mrs Winsome Dormer, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland for the South Island; Anna Gruczyska, President of the Polish Association in Christchurch; and Krysia Wiek, member of the Polish community in Christchurch. The Polish Embassy kindly gifted books in Polish, and about Poland, to the library.
Mona Anderson's tale of High Country life
A River Rules My Life has been re-released!
My Library: Robyn Chandler, Manager of Literacy Christchurch [interview]
Robyn Chandler, manager of Literacy Christchurch, talked to Jan Orme, Senior Library Assistant, Outreach and Learning Team for the sixth issue of our magazine uncover - huraina.
Serial killers [blog post]
" Face facts, life has bad patches. I'm in one right now: post Italy holiday blues; Skype meltdowns in the middle of calls to the grandies; and Pneumonia."
READ this summer and be in to win
This summer - January 2018 - we will be running two competitions to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage people of all ages to simply pick up a book and read!
A new whale for a new generation [blog post]
The whale is back in New Brighton - find out about the history.
Sanitoriums and Dust Jackets: Cool Stuff from the Selectors [blog post]
Jane picks two cool new books.
Is this the real life? [blog post]
How much real life can you expect from celebrity memoirs and biographies? Depends on who is writing them, but Jo has found three recent titles she's enjoyed reading.
Summertime Reading Club is for the littlies too [blog post]
It's not just school aged children that can enjoy our holiday reading programme. Nameeta posts about the story and reading opportunities and resources for preschoolers.
History and Current Events newsletter December 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.
Podcast - Issues affecting men [podcast]
Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia focusing on issues affecting men, with reading recommendations.
The World's Best David Walliams [blog post]
Donna reports back from rock star children's author/comedic actor David Walliams' event in Christchurch.
The 12 sounds of Christmas [blog post]
Music-lover Dan lists his fave Christmas albums that you can borrow for some festive cheer at your house over the holidays.
New eMagazines from RBDigital [blog post]
New titles now added to our eMagazine offering of over 500 titles in total.
The joy of Christmas food [blog post]
Food commands a great deal of consideration on Christmas day. Find excellent resources for Christmas food for the festive season.
A Christmas parade passes along Colombo Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
An elephant carrying Father Christmas is T.J. Armstrong & Co's contribution to a Christmas parade. It is shown passing the Colombo Street store. From our Digital Image Collection.
Teen scene newsletter December 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Fiona's Christmas picks from the new book box [blog post]
Looking for holiday reading? There are some wonderful books in our New Titles list.
Recent necrology - November 2017
Some well-known people who have died recently.
Best book covers 2017 - My pick of New Zealand's finest [blog post]
It's one of the pleasures as the year ends to slow down and smell the roses - or, in this case, stop and appreciate the book covers. Join me as I judge New Zealand books by their covers.
Digital Summer Reading [blog post]
"Holiday reads makes you instantly think of relaxing in the sun with a good book. There is so much more to holiday reading than a book, especially if you are travelling somewhere and you are short on space, you can download eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks to a single device and have a whole holiday of reading in one place.
Beyond the Marathon - ultramarathoner Vajin Armstrong [interview]
Emily interviews Christchurch's elite ultramarathoner Vajin Armstrong - he talks about his training, meditation, and of course, his favourite books.
The Maori Church at Taumutu, With Members of the Maori and European Congregation: Picturing Canterbury
Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.
Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017 - The Winners
This year we had some excellent individual photographs and collections submitted telling wonderful stories of people, family and Christchurch. Thank you so much for sharing your memories and contributing to our photographic history.
Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities - Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Sunday, 3rd December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is estimated that one in four Kiwis live with some form of disability, so we are all touched by the diversity that comes with disability.
Falalalala - Christmas Music Playlists [blog post]
"Christmas music is marmite kind of thing you either love it or hate it. Research by psychologists have found that listening to too much Christmas music too early has a detrimental effect one's mental health, especially for those who work in retail."
International Volunteer Day 5 December 2017 [blog post]
It's International Volunteer Day today! Volunteering is a rewarding way to make connections in your community.
Library and Learning Centre School Holiday Programmes - January 2018
Book now for our school holiday programmes: Lego Animation for 8 to 12 years, 9.30am to 3.30pm. $20 per child Minecraft Game Zone for 8 to 12 years, 10am to 12pm. 7 per child Lego Mindstorm Robotics for 10 to 13 years, 9.30am to 3pm. $15 per child and more
School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities
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.
December 2017 newsletter
Our December newsletter for customers has information on holiday hours, school holiday programmes, and more.
Best Reads 2017
What books have you loved this year? The following lists bring together the cream of the crop of 2017's books - from the picks of our staff and customers, to the lists published by magazines, newspapers and booksellers. Have your say!
Take a trip down Twelve Mile Straight: Eleanor Henderson [blog post]
The Twelve Mile Straight is as Southern as fried chicken.
Most popular monthly eMagazines from RBdigital [blog post]
Check out the top 20 monthly eMagazines from RBdigital Magazines - Is your favourite here?
Introducing Turanga (New Central Library)
Christchurch's new central library has its official name - Turanga.
The Gig Guide December 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.
Most Popular Weekly eMagazines from RBDigital [blog post]
Here is the list of top twenty weekly eMagazines from RBDigital - is your favourite on the list?
Holiday Reading 2017
Here is a selection of new titles for kids and young adults added to our collection in 2017. You will find something here to excite, enthuse, enthral and inform.
Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction [updated]
Updated with finalists and winner of this year's prize.
Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award [updated]
Updated with finalists and winner for the 2017 award.
National Book Awards (U.S.) [updated]
2017 winners and finalists in categories of: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature.
Kids' Books newsletter November 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.
It's just around the corner... [blog post]
AFFIRM is Aranui's annual community event. Sports, entertainment and fun for all ages.
Korean Day - Saturday 2 December [blog post]
Find out about Korean day and library resources on Korean language and culture.
Historical Fiction Newsletter November 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Be cyber smart this week (and every week) [blog post]
Did you know that it's New Zealand Cyber Smart Week? We provide links to more information on how to be cyber smart.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Designer dogs, Dickens and decluttering [blog post]
Latest picks of intriguing new titles in our collection from library selectors.
Hui-a-iwi and the 20th anniversary of the Ngai Tahu Deed of Settlement [blog post]
This year Ngai Tuahuriri are hosting the biennial festival Hui-a-Iwi 2017, and Ngai Tahu are coming together to reconnect and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Ngai Tahu Claim Settlement.
The prison camp, Hanmer Springs: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Another treasure from our Images Collection. Between 1903-1913 prison labour was used in Hanmer Springs, propogating exotic trees.
Watch this space: Lindsay Chan maps Christchurch street art [blog post]
We interview Lindsay Chan of street art website Watch this space about Christchurch's growing identity as a street art capital.
Kennedy Assassinated! What were you doing on 23 November 1963? [blog post]
"By the time The Christchurch Star was published on the afternoon of Saturday 23 November 1963, it would have been hard to find someone in Christchurch who had not already heard that the President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been assassinated earlier that morning (7:00am New Zealand time). But when the initial shock had passed what was the rest of the day like for the people of Christchurch?
The Pony Movie Recipe [blog post]
"Even though Miss Missy is nearly 15, she and I still enjoy our Mum and Daughter Movie Nights. Often we pick a theme, like movies based on books ... Our favourite theme so far was our extended Pony Movie marathon."
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.