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Man Booker Prize longlist 2014
Eleanor Catton won this last year, who will win in 2014? Here are the nominees.
International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2014
The longlist has been announced, and The Luminaries has scored another award nod.
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 finalists
Find out who this year's finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards are. Winners will be announced on 27 August.
RSS: New fiction
All of the fiction that arrived over the past week.
RSS: New non-fiction
All the non-fiction books that arrived over the past week.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
Mobile Library timetable updated
Kia ora, our timetable for the mobile library service has changed. Check out where and when we will be visiting your area.
"As long as the story is moving": Margaret Mahy 21 March 1936 - 23 July 2012
Two years ago, we lost "word witch" Margaret Mahy - a famous Canterbury local and a much loved children's author.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori blog posts
Follow our Maori Language Week posts on the blog.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori modern classics [booklist]
A neat selection of classic picture books in Te Reo Maori.
Resources for Te Reo Maori learners [updated]
Courses, dictionaries and resources for people learning te reo Maori.
Picture books July 2014 newsletter
A very not boring list of new titles - raptors, mooses, bears, and Snoring Beauty!
Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter
Batmobiles and batcycles, Zita the spacegirl and lots of mighty mice. Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online or subscribe to receive it as an email.
Papanui Library closed
Papanui Library is closed. It is scheduled to re-open on Friday 29 August 2014. Find out more about why the library is closed, and how it affects you.
Te Reo Maori
This page connects you with Te Reo Maori resources - language books and courses, quizzes, stories and information on our Maori signage and library names.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week
The 2014 theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki - The Word of the Week. Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week celebrates te reo Maori. The Maori language is a taonga that gives New Zealand its distinct and unique cultural identity.
Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter
From Lyttelton to Sri Lanka, Mallorca and Ukraine - our Fiction A to Z newsletter brings you fiction from many perspectives.
Government Life Building in Cathedral Square - opened 50 years ago today [blog]
On 17 July 1964 the Government Life Building opened in Cathedral Square. It is currently being demolished.
New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards
Congratulations to Amy Head, Marty Smith and Rebecca Macfie, who have won this year's New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards.
Pharos payments gateway
We now offer the facility to top up your Pharos account balance using a credit or debit card (not EFTPOS), while logged onto the computers in our libraries or connected to the Christchurch City Libraries' WiFi.
Steampunk Runway Competiton Expanded
This Steampunk fashion design competition has now been widened to include an Open category so all ages can enter. Entries close on Friday 18 July.
More than 2,400 ideas for new Central Library designers [media release]
More than 2,400 ideas were gathered during the six-week long Your Library, Your Voice campaign which asked the public for suggestions for the New Central Library.
RIP Nadine Gordimer, South Africa's grande dame of literature [blog post]
We farewell famous South African author and activist Nadine Gordimer.
Biography and Memoir July 2014 newsletter
Nannies, remarkable women, musicians and the man who remembered the future. Discover these and more interesting lives in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter.
OverDrive for teens [the Source]
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for teens. Free in 'the Source' for Christchurch resident library members.
OverDrive for kids [the Source]
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for children. Free in 'the Source' for Christchurch resident library members.
Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter
Fancy some Baldacci, Deaver, King, Fairstein, Hayes, Quirke or Stone? Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter. You can subscribe to receive this and other newsletters directly in your inbox.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014 launch [photos]
Photos from the Festival launch on Thursday 10 July 2014.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014
Local and international literary luminaries are coming to Christchurch. The Festival will take place from Wednesday 27 August to Sunday 31 August 2014.
Popular Music Library
Stream a wide range of popular music from around the world. New for library members in the Source.
Internet access restored at Fendalton Library (Thursday 10 July)
Internet access through wifi and the public computers at Fendalton Library is available once again after yesterday's outage.
Internet access unavailable at Fendalton Library
Internet access through wifi and the public computers at Fendalton Library is currently unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
Art resources [updated]
This page shows you how to explore our collection for information on artists and art styles, and the Dewey classification of the subjects.
Our social catalogue [updated]
What have you been reading, watching, and listening to? What is on your "to-read pile"? Christchurch City Libraries members can use the catalogue to share opinions of books, DVDS, and music.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
We have added info on a CPIT course Liquidity water science course for years 9 to 10 girls on next week 16 to 18 July.
History and Current Events July 2014 Newsletter
Find out how Shirley Temple saved America in our History and Current Events newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletters on our website.
Popular Culture July 2014 newsletter
New Popular Culture reads in our July newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletters on our website.
Home Garden and DIY Juy 2014 Newsletter
Blossom and bloom with the Home Garden and DIY newsletter. You can get this delivered to your inbox bi-monthly.
Work begins on new Halswell Library and Community Facility [media release]
Construction of the Halswell Library and Community Facility - a new community hub incorporating a library, outdoor pool, meeting spaces and a customer service desk - begins on Monday 14 July 2014.
Crime Writers' Association Awards [updated]
The Crime Writers' Association has awarded a number of its famous daggers - check out the winners for some great reading suggestions.
Science Alive - Term 3
Find out about the upcoming afterschool classes - activities are based around the science of popular books and other interesting topics.
Afterschool programmes Term 3
Find out about afterschool sessions for next term - Minecraft, Girls Zone, eBooks and more.
Minecraft in action [blog post]
Check out a vid of kids making Minecraft worlds and explore more Minecraft stuff.
New Zealand fashion [updated]
This guide aims to help you find information on New Zealand fashion and designers - n books, magazines, and on the internet.
Fashion [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries has many resources for the dedicated follower of fashion - books, magazines and web sites on the elements of style.
Zines [updated]
Do you draw? Doodle? Write notes to friends? Glue stuff? Cut paper? You can make a zine!
Artists [updated]
This page links to our pages on artists, and examines ways of searching for more information.
Architecture [updated]
Explore our architecture resources - from architect biographies, to Christchurch architecture, and databases in the Source.
Art [updated]
This section links you with art resources in our collection.
Science Alive Term 3
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme in ten libraries across Christchurch. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week! Programmes run during term time except the first week and no bookings are required. The programme for Semester 3 2014 has activities based around the science of popular books and other interesting topics.
Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992 [the Source]
Access to the digital archive of Punch, the world's most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. New for library members in the Source
Gale Artemis: Literary Sources [the Source]
Artemis allows you to cross search all of Gale's literary resources in one search. These resources include LitFinder, Literary Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library. New for library members in the Source.
About Papers Past [the Source, updated]
The Press coverage is now from 25 May 1861 to 29 December 1928. The Star now covers i4 May 1868 to 31 December 1914. Newly added is The Sun 6 February 1914 to 31 December 1915.
Papers Past - now with more Christchurch [blog post]
The Press coverage is now from 25 May 1861 to 29 December 1928. The Star now covers i4 May 1868 to 31 December 1914. Newly added is The Sun 6 February 1914 to 31 December 1915.
Arts and crafts [Kids]
Lots of links to help the kids be creative. Perfect for the school holidays!
Writing [updated]
Want to improve your writing or get your material published? This page offers useful links and information.
Top of the web - June 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
Find out what was popular on our sites last month - from Matariki to Rik Mayall.
Horizons and Connect programmes [Learning Centres]
The Horizons and Connect programmes for Terms 3 and 4 are now available.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
Find out about what is on in the school holidays for Christchurch children. We have added in links to holiday activities at local malls.
Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter
Read all about liars, villains and buzz kills in the latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Creating - Waihanga
Make stuff! In July we connect with things to make and do - from arts and crafts, to cooking and writing. We also look forward to Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.
Editions July 2014
Find out about what is on in July - with a creativity flavour.
Food and drink [updated]
Resources to help cooks and food lovers - from cookbooks to food history and food dictionaries.
New titles July 2014
Our newly arrived titles, now across seven genres: digital (eBooks & eAudiobooks), fiction, non-fiction, audio and video, children's, large print and young adults. These items arrived in May 2014.
Building - a guide to getting started [updated]
Building and renovating? This page links you to useful information and resources.
Gardening [updated]
Gardening and garden-related information and resources galore.
Crafts [updated]
Our libraries are a treasure-trove for craft-lovers. We have updated our page to include new resources available.
About GreenFILE [the Source, updated]
Research the effects of humans on the environment.
About Computer Database [the Source, updated]
Find computer related news and information in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.
About Literature Resource Centre [the Source, updated]
Access to research on literary topics, authors, and their works.
About LitFinder [the Source, updated]
Access to full text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, plays, novels and more.
Ancestry database is back in action
We are happy to report Ancestry is available again at our libraries.
Ancestry database unavailable
Unfortunately access to Ancestry is currently unavailable for reasons beyond our control. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Papanui Library closes for upgrade [media release]
Papanui Library will be closed in stages over the next few weeks while a new air conditioning system is installed. The closure will take place in two stages: the rear half of the library will be closed from Thursday 3 to Wednesday 16 July 2014, during which time it will offer partial services, with limited access to the collection and no Babytime or Storytime sessions. The library will be fully closed from Thursday 17 July to Thursday 28 August.
New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014
Found out about the award winners and shortlisted writers from last night's awards ceremony.
Kate Greenaway Medal [Kids]
The Kate Greenaway Medal is presented annually for the most distinguished work in the illustration of children's books published in the United Kingdom. We have updated our list with the latest recipient of the Medal.
Carnegie Medal [Kids]
The Carnegie Medal was established in 1937 and is presented annually to an outstanding book published in the United Kingdom. We have updated our list with the latest recipient of the Medal.
Proquest Science Journals [the Source, updated]
Online access to leading popular science journals in applied and general sciences.
Picture books June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Picture Books newsletter online. New NZ titles and more!
Kids' Books June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Historical Fiction June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Historical Fiction newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Press Display [updated]
Large digital newspaper library. Full-page replicas of current print editions, including editorial content, graphics and advertising. Up to ninety days back issues.
Fantasy newsletter June 2014
This month's fantasy newsletter has a selection of new titles and books that feature librarians.
MasterFile Complete
Access to full-text magazines, journals and general reference publications covering every subject area of interest. Also includes primary source documents and an extensive image collection. New for library members in the Source.
Nature and Science June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Nature and Science newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Biography and Memoir June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Every picture tells a story - writing competition [the Pulse]
Get inspired by amazing images by young photographers. This comp is open to all Christchurch high school students. Great prizes to be won in four categories: Poem, Drabble, Short story, and Te Reo Maori.
Bloomsday [blog]
June 16th is Bloomsday, the date when all the action in James Joyce's Ulysses takes place. Read Robyn's blog about this famous date in literature.
Fiction A to Z June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
MAS Ultra - new in the Source.
Access to full-text and indexed journals covering all subject areas.
Volunteering [updated]
Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference in your community. This page links to resources to help you find organisations and service groups who use volunteers to get vital work done.
Community Connections for Families [Learning Centres]
The Community Connections for Families programme for August-December 2014 is now available.
Community Connections for Adults [Learning Centres]
The Community Connections for Adults programme for August-December 2014 is now available.
The Art of the Dust Jacket [photos]
Photos of the Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition at Central Library Peterborough.
LIANZA Children Book Awards' finalists [kids]
The fiinalists of the LIANZA Children Book Awards have been announced.
Unleashed: Te Papa images, and Weve: The Joy of Interwebz: Part 8 [Bibliofile blog post]
A compilation highlighting some new and interesting things in the library and books arena.
Football [updated]
We have updated our page in time for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Explore library resources on football.
Kemp's Purchase [updated]
Governor Grey sent the land commissioner Henry Kemp to the South Island in 1848 to buy land for the new settlement. Sixteen Ngai Tahu chiefs signed Kemp's Deed in Akaroa on 12 June 1848, selling the larger part of their land but keeping some land for settlements and reserves, including those places where they gathered food (mahinga kai).
Sir Robertson Stewart [updated]
Sir Robertson Stewart was one of New Zealand's foremost industrialists and exporters. This page explore his life and times.
History and Current Events June 2014 Newsletter
Check out our latest History and Current Events newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Matariki [kids]
Information for kids on Matariki - the Maori New Year.
Te Rongoa Maori
Rongoa is the word for remedies that are created from natural plants and trees. This page links to library resources about te Rongoa Maori.
This is how we do it: Seven years of social media at Christchurch City Libraries [Bibliofile]
A presentation on the libraries' use of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. [1.33MB PDF]
Maori place names [booklist]
Resources to help find Maori place names in Christchurch and New Zealand.
Games and gaming [updated]
You can play games at our library, and we also have resources on games from computer games to cards, mah jong to crosswords.
Image collection: Winter
Explore our sample of photographs on the subject of winter.
Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Armchair Travel June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Armchair Travel newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Matariki 2014 events
Explore our Matariki events - from storytimes to a fun day at Rehua Marae.
Matariki - the Maori New Year
Find out about the meaning and significance of Matariki.
Bailey's Women's Prize for fiction
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride has won the award for 2014.
The ChristChurch Cathedral [updated]
A history of the ChristChurch Cathedral. This place of Anglican worship was designed by the English architect Sir Gilbert Scott.
Loving Winter - Te mana o Hotoke
June brings cold weather, but it also brings a new start. Matariki - the Maori New Year - arrives at the end of the month. Explore what is happening at your libraries, and keep stocked up on library resources for those cold indoor days.
Editions newsletter - June 2014
Read our monthly library newsletter online. This month we look at Matariki, plus new content on the library websites.
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights [updated]
The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights runs from 19 to 22 June 2014. We highlight the events scheduled and list useful links for Lyttelton visitors and locals.
Teen Scene June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Teen Scene newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings [updated]
The Provincial Buildings are situated on the banks of the River Avon between Armagh, Gloucester and Durham Streets and are one of the highlights of Christchurch's architectural heritage.
The caged bird sings no more: RIP Maya Angelou [blog post]
A post on Maya Angelou - a prolific writer, a poet, a civil rights activist, as well as a singer, a dancer, a director, and a producer whose life encompassed many varied experiences.
KidsFest 2014
Bookings open on Friday 30 May for KidsFest. Check out the events at libraries for KidsFest during the winter school holidays(5 to 19 July).
Historical Fiction books May 2014 newsletter
Check out the latest Historical Fiction books available at Christchurch City Libraries!
Catalogue and database outage Monday 2 June
In order to make important updates to our library system there will be an outage from 1am on Monday 2 June until approximately 3:pm that day. Find out more.
Picture books May 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Picture Books newsletter online. New NZ titles and more!
Kids' Books May 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Queen's Birthday Monday 2 June 2014
Find out about the Queen's Birthday public holiday. All our libraries are closed on Monday 2 June.
Autumn Reading Competition [Kids] - Winners
The Autumn Reading Competition is finished for this year. Find out who the winners are.
Literary Reference Center Plus
Access a broad spectrum of information about thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes for all literary research needs. Available through the Source - use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
Pyjama Party at Shirley Library [photos]
Fun times at Shirley in celebration of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young People.
History Reference Center
Access to information on world history for researchers. Includes video, photos, maps and full-text books and magazines. Available through the Source - use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
Nebula Award winners
The Nebula Awards are annual awards presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. N.B. We list current and past winners and link to searches in our catalogue but may not hold all titles.
Biography and Memoir May 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Samoan Language Week 2014
Talofa. There will be some storytimes in Samoan in Samoan Langauage Week. Check out our Samoan resources and listen to some greetings.
Mobile Library van 2 off the road Tuesday 20 May
Our Mobile Library Van 2 is unfortunately off the road, so there will be no mobile library stopping at Waitaha Learning Centre or Templeton School today.
Biography Reference Center
Access biographical reference collections and magazines, a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, and thousands of unique narrative biographies. Available through the Source - use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
Music [photos]
Heritage and contemporary images of music in Christchurch.
The Majestic Theatre [blog post]
A look back at the history of the Majestic Theatre including some architectural plans and photos, including of its current demolition.
Majestic Theatre [photos]
Photos of the Majestic Theatre from the past and present.
A last enchantment: Mary Stewart RIP [blog post]
Mary Stewart - author of romantic and suspenseful tales - died recently at the age of 97.
Remembering Monte Cassino [blog post]
This last weekend has seen commemorations taking place for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Monte Cassino. Find out more.
Netball
This page lists netball resources at your library and links you to local clubs, and organisations. Netball has been popular in Christchurch since the first recorded match on 30 May 1912.
Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.