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Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre closing 6pm Mon 24 December, reopening Mon 31 December 10am
Youthtown Learners Licence workshops Term 1 2019
New titles December 2018
Most popular of 2018
Best of 2018
Huraina [quarterly magazine]
Summertime Reading Challenge
Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018 - The Winners
Advent Calendar 24 Christmas images from the Discovery Wall
Summer eReads - Escapism [blog post]
Dan recommends the best recreational non-fiction of 2018 [blog post]
The other side of Christmas [blog post]
An Evening with Lee Child - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Best book covers of 2018 - My pick of New Zealand's finest [blog post]
Hidden Gems - Fugazi [blog post]
Sirocco the rock star kakapo [blog post]
Excelsior! A tribute to Stan Lee [blog post]
Auckland's pop-up Globe - Richard III
I started writing this when I was 17: Interview with Christchurch writer Jack Hartley
Motherhood Missed: Stories from Women Who Are Childless by Circumstance - NZ launch
A fire, a mysterious lady and a singed parrot [blog post]
Courage Day [blog post]
Inside the four avenues exhibition [blog post]
Speak up - Korerotia podcast - DANCEability
An evening with Lee Child [blog post]
Cool stuff from the selectors: an eclectic mix [blog post]
Picturing Canterbury: University students champagne breakfast on the roundabout [blog post]
A fashionable day at the races - leave your hat on [blog post]
I'm possessed by Joe Hill [blog post]
Armistice Day 2018 [blog post]
Poet Kaveh Akbar is no sheep in wolf's clothing - WORD Christchurch
Before Turanga - The Coachman Inn [blog post]
Teen scene newsletter
Speak up - Korerotia podcast - Indian communities in New Zealand
Win tickets to the NZSO Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky concert [competition]
Chicken Lady Day [blog post]
OverDrive Libby for families [blog post, Chinese]
Bharatanatyan Group: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Recent necrology - October 2018 [blog post]
Poet and Poetry Cheerleader in Chief - Kaveh Akbar - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
The winner of the Nutcracker diorama family challenge [blog post]
Dystopian fiction - along with a good dose of feminism [blog post]
Off with her head! [blog post]
Before Turanga - The Lyttleton Times [blog post]
Diwali in Christchurch 2018 [blog post]
Sydenham Borough formed, 1877 [blog post]
Mafeking celebrations [blog post]
Christchurch Photo Hunt.
Tangata Ngai Tahu [blog post]
WORD Christchurch 2018 report back.
UpLit - something positive to look forward to [blog post]
Your Halloween soundtrack [blog post]
Phyllis Hartigan [blog post]
Picturing Canterbury.
Just for kids [blog post]
New video eResource.
Dear Donald Trump [blog post]
Eat, drink and be scared - Halloween [blog post]
Halloween events and reading recommendations.
Murderbots, spaceships, and other planets [blog post]
"It'' been a good year for science fiction, with some great series wrapping up. Don't worry about cliffhangers or long waits between sequels with these recommendations, you can read the whole lot back-to-back if you feel like it!"
Rhys Darby [interview]
Funnyman Rhys Darby has teamed up with Scholastic in a fun new fiction series for kids. He talked to Christchurch City Libraries about his debut children's book and reading interests, his passion for cryptozoology and his connections to Christchurch.
Nuclear free parade [blog post]
October is Photo Hunt month at Christchurch City Libraries. We invite you to share any of your photos and help grow the city's photographic archive. All entries must be received by 31 October. Christchurch City Libraries has produced a set of four postcards promoting the competition which are available from your local library. Each week during October we'll be featuring one of the postcard images on our blog.
Before Turanga - Hobbs' Corner [blog post]
The second in a series of posts that looks at the history of the central Christchurch sites on which your new library has been built.
The major dudes of Steely Dan [blog post]
"When Steely Dan's Walter Becker died just over a year ago there was not an outpouring of grief like those public displays afforded to other recent celebrity deaths ..."
Labour Day: A reason to remember [blog post]
The Man Booker Prize 2018
Milkman by Anna Burns is the winner.
Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead
Information about Day of the Dead.
What to do when I'm gone [blog post]
"I found the perfect book to recommend for situations of loss, because make no bones about it, I'm going to miss you guys heaps."
Things to do and see around Turanga [blog post]
Alicia has some hot tips.
World Animal Day - 4 October [blog post]
Pru highlights World Animal Day.
Goooosseeebumps!! [blog post]
Spooky times are on the way ...
The Nerd Degree: WORD Christchurch [blog post]
"The thing I really enjoy about comedy podcast, The Nerd Degree, is that though there's generally a theme running through the episodes, you really never know what you're going to get. "
Important Bird of the Year research [blog post]
Use eResources to make your pick.
Surf comps 1970s [blog post]
Christchurch Photo Hunt images.
Ada Lovelace Day [blog post]
9 October was Ada Lovelace Day.
Rewind at Ferrymead Sunday 14 October [blog post]
Explore what is on this weekend.
Charlie Sumner - Picturing Canterbury
A photo from the archives.
Big Library Read - The Girl with the Red Balloon
Join in the world's biggest digital eBook club - no holds or waitlists until 15 October.
Summer picnic outing: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018
Explore photos from our archive - and share your own.
What's on at Turanga [blog post]
Explore the events and exhibitions on at Turanga on opening day Friday 12 October - doors open 1pm.
FAB FESTA - My five picks for FESTA 2018 [blog post]
The Festival of Transitional Architecture is on this Labour Weekend. Find out more.
eMagazines - recent additions to RBDigital [blog post]
Explore some new additions to the RBDigital eMagazines.
Replica Leper's Cottage [blog post]
An image from our collection.
Dear Diary Day [blog post]
new blog post
The Suffrage Experiment in New Zealand [blog post]
new blog post
NZ Chinese Language Week celebrations [blog post]
new blog post
Ted Chiang: WORD Christchurch
new blog post
The accidental further adventures of the 100 year old man [blog post, Korean]
New blog post
Podcast - Suffrage 125
New blog post
How to be a Gruffalo Explore and more fun at The Breeze Walking Festival [blog post]
New blog post.
Fiction A to Z newsletter September 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.
Tuuranga opening: 12 October [Facebook event]
Join us as we open our new central library building, Tuuranga on Friday 12 October.
Why men don't listen and women can't read maps (or can they?) [blog post]
Roberta indulges her love of maps and geography.
Kiiwaha: Te reo Maaori phrases
Learn some phrases in te reo Maaori for Te wiki o te reo Maaori.
Arrrrrr it be Talk like a Pirate Day on Wednesday 19 September [blog post]
Piratey Fun Day - Wednesday 19 September 3.30pm to 5pm Ahoy maties… Come dressed in your pirate best for our fantastic treasure quest. We've also got a pirate-themed Storytimes, pirate names, dress-up competitions for children and adults, crafts, plus heaps more.
A Sandwich-board Man Advertising Dancing Shoes In Cathedral Square, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
An image from our Digital Collection.
Women in foreign worlds [blog post]
Dystopian fiction with women as the lead character - a clutch of recommended titles for fans of 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
Prisoners planting trees on the Hanmer Plains: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Have a delve into our historical image collection.
Kia kaha te Reo Maori [blog post]
"Christchurch City Libraries have supported the kaupapa of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori over the past years in a number of ways, endeavouring to promote the week as a time for learning and celebrating te reo Maori. Check out the Reo Maori option on our self-issue kiosks during Te Wiki o te Reo Maori this September."
Drynuary to Movember [blog post]
"Woo hoo it's Spring?! So maybe it's time to adopt a new health kick."
Te Reo Maori, niupepa, and Papers Past [blog post]
"The historians and whakapapa researchers among you may already be familiar with Papers Past, an impressive and still-growing online resource from the National library. This site makes digitised versions of Aotearoa newspapers, magazines and journals, letters and diaries, and parliamentary papers available online, for free."
A Very Big Deal - Charles KIngsford-Smith's flight to Wigram, 11 September 1928
The first trans-Tasman flight took place on 11 September 1928.
Interview with Laurence Fearnley
Alina interviews WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 guest Laurence about her new anthology To the Mountains.
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year [blog post]
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Strengthen your reo with waiata [blog post]
"Everyone loves and appreciates different forms of music; whether it's through singing, playing your favourite instruments and singing along, or by simply listening and feeling the heart of the music. The amazing thing about music is that you can hear it in any language and yet still feel the passion and story behind it."
Hello springtime [blog post]
"Christchurch City Libraries has a wealth of books that are full of ideas for the nature loving craftarians out there."
Te Reo in the whare [blog post]
"It's Te Wiki o te Reo Maori ... what a great opportunity that is for us all to celebrate and learn the beautiful Maori language. Kia kaha te reo Maori."
Taa Moko [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.
Suffrage125 in Otautahi - celebrating women winning the right to vote in 19 September 1893 [blog post]
Events in Christchurch.
Paraweta, Poo Bum, and stories in te reo [blog post]
"So how to expose my 4 year old to some te reo, but also read a story so we'll both understand it and enjoy the experience? I've found that reading te reo Maori versions of books we already know really well in English has been a fun way to do it."
Technology programmes Term 4 2018
have a look at our classes and drop-in session for adults.
Festival of Adult Learning 2018
Monday 3 to Sunday 9 September.
Christchurch to Lyttelton suburban Ec electric locomotive undergoing maintenance in the Addington workshops: Picturing Canterbury
A historical image from our collection.
Recent Necrology August 2018
Some well-known people who have died recently.
New titles - September 2018
Our lists of items that arrived over the last month. New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
National Poetry Day celebration at New Brighton Library [blog post]
Andrew reviews our National Poetry Day event.
WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 [blog posts]
WORD Christchurch Festival was abuzz with writers and readers from Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September 2018. Read our reviews from the Festival frontline.
Ethical and feminist mentality in Geling Yan's novels [blog post]
Hong's Chinese language post about Geling Yan.
Knowlescourt [blog post]
Find out about 274 Papanui Road.
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week [blog post]
What's happening at libraries from 10 to 16 Mahuru (September).
Quick Questions: Laurie Winkless [interview]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September).
Celebrating the men in our lives: Father's day [blog post]
"Father's Day seems a good time to reflect upon what dad has done for you over the years."
Ferrymead: House and Hotel [blog post]
Read Simon's post about Ferrymead.
Nutcracker Diorama - A Family Challenge
Be in to win a family pass to see the magical stage production of The Nutcracker! The prize is a ticket for two adults and two children to attend The Royal New Zealand Ballet production of The Nutcracker on Saturday 24 November, 1.30pm at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
Saving the Future: Interview with Ant Sang
Fee interviews cartoonist and graphic novelist Ant Sang. We report back from the WORD Christchuch Festival on from 29 August to 2 September.
Desert Woman - Robyn Davidson: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018
We report back from the WORD Christchuch Festival on from 29 August to 2 September.
Free Radicals: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018
We report back from the WORD Christchuch Festival on from 29 August to 2 September.
WORD Christchurch Festival: Black Marks on the White Page
"With WORD Christchurch Festival at the forefront of my mind at the moment, having bought my tickets yesterday ... I was intrigued to find an article by UK author Natasha Carthew about an idea for a Working Class Writers Festival in Britain.
The City of Brass: A complex but fun epic fantasy [book review]
Alina reviews this new book.
National Poetry Day picks [blog post]
Helen's fave poems.
New Zealand fashion [updated]
We've updated our page about fashion.
Fashion [updated]
We've updated our page about fashion.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction 2017
Attrib by Eley Williams is the 2017 Winner
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Biography 2017 winner
Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown is the 2017 Winner.
2018 Hugo Award Winners [updated]
The best writing in science fiction and fantasy in the categories of novel, novella, novelette, short story, graphic story and related works.
Quick Questions with Michele A'Court - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September) Winner of Female Comedian of the Decade in 2010, Michele A'Court is a stand-up comedian, writer and social commentator. She has written two books: Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter (2015) and How We Met (2018).
Quick Questions with Brannavan Gnanalingam - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Brannavan Gnanalingam is a Wellington writer who has published five novels through Lawrence & Gibson. His latest, Sodden Downstream (2017), was shortlisted for the Acorn Foundation Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Quick Questions with Catherine Robertson - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Catherine Robertson's five novels have all been No. 1 New Zealand best-sellers. She reviews fiction for the New Zealand Listener and is a regular guest on RNZ.
Quick Questions with Kate De Goldi - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Kate De Goldi writes fiction for all ages and reviews books for print and broadcast media. Her most recent novel is From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle.
Quick Questions with Kirsten McDougall - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Kirsten McDougall has written a book of interconnected short stories, The Invisible Rider, and a novel Tess.
Quick Questions with Lloyd Jones - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand's most internationally successful contemporary writers. He has published essays and children's books as well as adult fiction but his best-known work is the phenomenally successful novel, Mister Pip.
Fiction A to Z newsletter August 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.
Together We Read - The Love That I Have [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries joins libraries across Australia and New Zealand in offering the latest Together We Read digital book club selection, The Love That I Have by award-winning Australian author James Moloney. From 23 August to 6 September, Christchurch City Libraries users will be able to borrow the eBook for free - with no wait lists.
Quick Questions with Vanda Symon - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Vanda Symon is the author of the Detective Sam Shephard series, and the standalone thriller, The Faceless.
Quick Questions with Rajorshi Chakraborti - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born novelist, essayist and short story writer.
Quick Questions with Diana Wichtel - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Diana Wichtel is a multi-award-winning journalist and a feature writer and television critic at the New Zealand Listener.
WORD Christchurch Festival and Book Towns [blog post]
Jane is happy with her WORD Christchurch festival choices and wonders if Christchurch could become a "book town".
Quick Questions with Barbara Else - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Barbara Else MNZM is an award-winning author who also works as a manuscript assessor. She has held university fellowships and was awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal for services to children's literature.
Quick Questions with Megan Dunn - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Megan Dunn writes about mermaids and contemporary New Zealand art. Her first book, Tinderbox, is about the end of Borders bookstores, Ray Bradbury and Julie Christie's hair.
Quick Questions with Catherine Chidgey - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Catherine Chidgey's novels have been published to international acclaim. The Wish Child won the 2016 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize and Golden Deeds was a Los Angeles Times book of the year.
Parachutist free-falling from a Gipsy Moth over Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Highlighting an image from our Digital Collection.
Quick Questions with Hera Lindsay Bird - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Hera Lindsay Bird is a writer from Wellington. Her first book, Hera Lindsay Bird, won the 2017 Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Book.
Quick Questions with Nathan Fa’avae - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Nathan Fa'avae has been a top adventure athlete for 20 years. He has captained the New Zealand Adventure Racing team to five world championship victories.
What to do in Christchurch while WORDing [blog post]
Donna suggests activities, art and food and drink opportunities for those heading to town for WORD Christchurch.
The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap 2018 [blog post]
Our annual seed and plant swap is on again this year, and in more libraries than ever - in the first half of September.
Not too old for picture book fun [blog post]
"I've been having car trouble lately. If Sheldon Cooper rode shotgun with me, he would have a complete meltdown, because Daisy's check engine light came on over a week ago, and I haven't checked her engine."
Quick Questions with Charlotte Graham-McLay - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Charlotte Graham-McLay is a journalist and broadcaster from Wellington. Her reporting and reviews appear in The New York Times, Vice, New Zealand Geographic, Landfall, The Spinoff, and on Radio New Zealand.
History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter [blog post]
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 present day, and the past.
Quick Questions with Miriama Kamo - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Miriama Kamo is a broadcast journalist who presents the current affairs programmes Sunday and Marae on TVNZ 1.
Quick Questions with Victor Rodger - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Victor Rodger is an award-winning playwright of Samoan and Scottish descent, best known for his play, Black Faggot.
Win tickets to the NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation - Celebrate! [competition]
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joins forces with The Phoenix Foundation, one of the country's most lauded bands, for a remarkable concert experience on 30 August at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
Quick Questions with Emily Writes - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Emily Writes is the best-selling author of Rants in the Dark: From one tired mama to another and her new collection, Is it Bedtime Yet?
Quick Questions with Nicky Pellegrino - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 (Wednesday 29 August to Sunday 2 September). Nicky Pellegrino is the author of 10 best-selling novels.
NZIFF Survivalist [blog post]
After seeing survival tale "Arctic" at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Dan recommends other One Person vs Nature themed films.
Mr George King who began breeding ostriches for their feathers on his Burwood property in 1893: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Mr George who King began breeding ostriches for their feathers on his Burwood property in 1893. An image from our Digital Collection.
Read Aloud Day - 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults [blog post]
Hear from some finalists in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Including Sophie Siers, Alison Ballance, & Gavin Bishop.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2018
Read the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Gavin Bishop's book Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.
The winners of the Dr Seuss Creation - A Family Challenge [blog post]
We announce the winners in our Dr Seuss family challenge, with photos!
Step into a River of Words [blog post]
Donna talks to artist John Maillard from Ara who has created a River of Words installation as part of Botanic D'Lights.
Who are you? Playing with genealogy in the library [blog post]
Simone looks at the online resources that can help with your family history research.
Anthony Awards [updated]
Updated with the best novel finalists for 2018 in this annual mystery fiction awards.
Central & Transitional - Christchurch City Libraries in the central city since 2011 [blog post]
With the announcement of the opening date for Turanga we look back at the temporary libraries of the central city since 2011.
Recent necrology, July 2018 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including American film star and recording artist Tab Hunter and Children's author Clive King, who became a publishing phenomenon with his Stig of the dump.
Royal Society Science Book Prize [updated]
Now updated with 2018 shortlisted titles.
Teen Scene Newsletter August 2018
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
National Poetry Day - Friday 24 August 2018 [blog post]
Aotearoa has been celebrating National Poetry Day on the last Friday in August for over 20 years now! This year it's on Friday 24 August.
WORD Christchurch Festival 2018: Having coffee with my author friends [blog post]
WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 gives Roberta the perfect opportunity to amp up author-spotting skills & think of coffee connections to writers
WORD Christchurch 2018: Picks for teens [blog post]
The youth librarians of Turanga pick what's good for teens at the upcoming WORD Christchurch Festival.
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki [blog post]
On the 6th of August 1945, at 8:16am (Japan time), an American B-29 bomber let loose the first atomic bomb to ever be used in warfare.
Johnson's Fishponds, the Aquarium at 105 Clarendon Terrace, Opawa: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
In 1875 Andrew Mensal Johnson (d. 1916) established a fish hatchery and aquarium at Opawa, on the south bank of the Heathcote River.
Sustainability in the library via Minecraft [blog post]
"This holiday programme wasn't a relaxed, laid back affair - this one really had children thinking. The challenge was to create an Eco-House using Minecraft."
Read your way around the New Zealand International Film Festival 2018 [blog post]
Let's take a walk on the cinematic side! Here are the movie-related books from this year's Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival on from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 19 August.
Dead Men's WORDs [blog post]
Dan picks some WORD Festival events.
Best Picks Evening: highlighting the best of writing for NZ kids and teens - Wednesday 8 August 7pm [blog post]
Painted Stories invites you to celebrate the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults by attending their annual Best Picks evening at Fendalton Library, Wednesday 8 August, 7pm. There is no charge for attending and members of the public are welcome.
The Canterbury football representatives 1894: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A photo from our historical collection.
No coward soul ... [blog post]
Katherine looks back on Emily Bronte's 200th birthday.
Thrilling crime - what are we waiting for? [blog post]
Dan highlights some new crime titles winging their way to our shores.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter July 2018
Find the latest thriller and suspense titles in our email newsletter.
Picture books newsletter July 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.
Zines [updated]
We have updated our zines page with info on a new zine library coming to town.
Mokaa - the Land of Opportunity: 125 Years of Indians in Aotearoa exhibition
You are welcome to come and view the free exhibition Mokaa -The land of opportunity: 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa. It is on from Monday 13 August to Friday 24 August in the Christchurch City Council foyer.
The Man Booker Prize 2018 longlist
Read the 13 titles on the longlist.
WORD Christchurch Festival 2018: Joyce's picks [blog post]
Joycie has made her picks of #wordchch - and they are tinged with tartan! Plus a couple are possessed of great barnets.
Riverside Neo-Georgian: The Theosophical Society Hall [blog post]
92 years ago on Cambridge Terrace the Theosophical Hall had its dedication ceremony. Read more about the history and purpose of this unique building.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: Feeding frenzy [blog post]
Selector Jane recommends some of the latest titles to do with food.
Kids' Books newsletter July 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.
Marshmallows, Money, and Madness: Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton - WORD Christchurch
The marshmallows flew around the auditorium at Christchurch Boys' High School when Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton came to visit. Kate reports back on this WORD Christchurch event.
Surprise yourself! [blog post]
Kat reflects on how she's broadened her reading horizons and surprised herself with what she's enjoyed.
Historical Fiction Newsletter July 2018
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
givUS - funding for your group, club or organisation [blog post]
Find out how the givUS eResource can help with funding for your group, club, or organisation.
Cross-cultural parenting with library resources
Hong recommends library resources to help Chinese-speaking parents looking for educational resources for both their children and themselves.
Daresbury Rookery, 67 Fendalton Road, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Daresbury, a 50-room house on 25 acres, designed by S. Hurst Seager and built between 1897 and 1901 for George Humphreys.
WORD Christchurch 2018: Spoilt for choice - Roberta's Picks [blog post]
The library team makes their picks of the newly released WORD Christchurch Festival programme for 2018.
Of humans and gods elemental [blog post]
Dan's latest read, Flames by Robbie Arnott has him thinking about stories where gods and mortals share the stage.
When the man you love lives in a bush: Intrepid romance, humour and travel [blog post]
Fee reviews a funny, unorthodox romance by Emmy Abrahamson based on the story of how she met her husband.
WORD things to get excited about: Mark's picks of the 2018 festival [blog post]
The library team makes their picks of the newly released WORD Christchurch Festival programme for 2018.
The world of WORD: Dan's picks of the 2018 festival [blog post]
The library team makes their picks of the newly released WORD Christchurch Festival programme for 2018.
WORD Christchurch 2018: Moata's picks of the festival [blog post]
The library team makes their picks of the newly released WORD Christchurch Festival programme for 2018.
Spirituality and Religion newsletter July 2018
Looking inward, outward or upward? All manner of devotional and spiritual books will be part of this list, to inform, enlighten and engage.
Biography and Memoir newsletter July 2018
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: New Children's books [blog post]
Rhyming books and titles about the world we live in - our Children's selector recommends some books to share with the kids in your life.
200 years of the Modern Prometheus [blog post]
There are few horror novels that have the long-lasting appeal of Mary Shelley's classic work. Dan looks at 200 years of Frankenstein.
Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter July 2018
Find out about new fantasy and science fiction titles, with some topical picks by our selectors in our Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter.
Los Angeles, North West Corner: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Los Angeles is a bungalow at 110 Fendalton Road built in 1909. Photograph taken 21 March 2003.
Reading many lives [blog post]
Moata's recent reading has featured many lives, fictional and real - from short story collections to biographies of First World War soldiers.
Staff picks for the Winter Reading Challenge for teens [blog post]
How are you going with the Winter Reading Challenge? We have highlighted some of the fab books picked by teens, now here are some staff picks to help you tick off some challenges.
The Golden Man Booker Prize
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje has won this special prize.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel [2018 shortlist]
The shortlist is out.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime novel [2018 shortlist]
The shortlist is out.
Popular Culture newsletter July 2018
New and recommended reads from the worlds of television and film, fashion, sport, the internet, music and theatre.
History and Current Events newsletter July 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.
"Lymond is back!" [blog post]
If you love dense, clever historical fiction then you can't go past Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles for some 15th century intrigue.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter July 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.
Big may be beautiful, but small is seductive! [blog post]
Roberta waxes lyrical about the pleasure of a small book and recommends some little titles to try.
Let's think about the future [blog post]
Mark ponders dystopian versus dystopian futures in science fiction.
OverDrive Big Library Read - Cowboy Pride [blog post]
OverDrive's Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club, is back for July. This time with a story that's romance meets western meets Jane Austen.
Recent necrology, June 2018 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including American celebrity chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain.
Give Me Money $$$ [blog post]
Generosity has a database called GivME with over 4000 scholarships and grants for students.
St. Mary's Bridle Path Road, Heathcote - Snow - Church next door to "Hillwood": Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A view of St. Mary's church and the Bridle Path Road, Heathcote on a snowy winter's day. An image from our Digital Collection.
Hot tips for the Winter Read Challenge (for ages 13 to 18) [blog post]
Winter Read Challenge is ON! Here are some hot reading ideas from teens who have already got their entries in.
Bigger is better (and just what your coffee table needs) (blog post)
Pru finds the joy of big beautiful books.
Teen Scene newsletter June 2018
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
What's lava got to do with it? [blog post]
Moata has recommended resources if you too harbour a scaredy-cat fascination with volcanoes.
Christchurch kids! Give Turanga's Bookbots Earth names & win prizes! (2 to 31 July) [blog post]
Kids can win awesome prizes by filling out this special online survey. All you have to do is help name Turanga's intergalactic heroes, the Bookbots.
Harry Potter's Birthday Celebrations [blog post]
On Tuesday 31 July at Parklands Library and Fendalton Library (and a bit earlier on Friday 13 July at Shirley Library) Christchurch City Libraries will be celebrating Harry Potter Day.
Asteroids - friends or foe? [blog post]
Did you know that 30 June is International Asteroid Day? Rob takes a closer look at what asteroids are and why they're important.
A luncheon interval on Mt Sebastopol while on a ski trip at Mount Cook National Park: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Highlighting a wintery image from our Digital Collection.
Wish I was there... [blog post]
We have a great collection of always available Lonely Planet travel guides from OverDrive, no holds or waiting.
Curate Your Own Personal Film Festival (from the Library DVD Collection) [blog post]
here may be fewer places to hire DVDs from, but you can still get 'em at your local library!
New titles July 2018
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.
7 Reasons to start your research with eDS [blog post]
eResource Discovery Search (eDS) is the perfect starting point for your next piece of research and here are 7 reasons why.
A Matariki poem: Ururangi - Seventh born
An original poem about Matariki that references one of the stars of the cluster, Ururangi - the star of the wind.
Lighting up the winter nights - Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights, Friday 29 June
This week is an exciting one for Lyttelton Library and our customers, with our fabulous Stories after Dark with Lindsey on Thursday night, and the awesome Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights on the evening of Friday 29 June
Ururangi's Gift - a Matariki Story
An original story about Matariki that draws on the themes of Sustainable Natural Resources of Matariki.
The family of Arthur John Inwood 1850 to 1932 and his wife Angelina 1860? to 1919 pictured outside their dwelling - Picturing Canterbury
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Garden bird survey - 30 June to 8 July 2018 [blog post]
You can participate in this citizen science project. There are lots of activities and resources to help you identify birds. For creative kids, there is colouring in, masks to make and quizzes to do.
Online dating and book reviews [blog post]
We all have at least one story in us. But very few of us will ever write a book. Even a blog may be a stretch too far. Which leaves us with the option of the book review.
Kids' book newsletter June 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.
Podcast - Homelessness [podcast]
Three expert guests share their knowledge regarding the state of homelessness in New Zealand.
Top of the web - May 2018 [blog post]
Here's our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in May.
Yet another fantasy school that I wish I could enrol in: Magnalia House [book review]
Claire reviews Rebecca Ross's new book.
Brighten up your life [blog post]
Around the winter solstice we can feel a little starved of sunshine and gloomy but Moata has ideas about how to lighten the mood.
Kate Greenaway Medal [updated]
Updated with the winner of the 2018 award, "Town is by the sea" illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz.
Carnegie Medal [updated]
Updated with the winner of this year's prize, "Where the world ends" by Geraldine McCaughrean.
Nature and Science newsletter June 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.
Musical Architecture of Band Rotundas [blog post]
Built to house brass bands, Christchurch is home to many late 19th century and early 20th century band rotundas. Find out more in Sarah's post.
Fiction A to Z newsletter June 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.
Free fun in the school holidays [blog post]
The school hols are on from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July. Here is what you can do that's fun and FREE (and none require bookings, so you can just turn up).
Flash me that fiction - Friday 22 June [blog post]
National Flash Fiction Day is on Friday 22 June. Celebrate the smallest fictions on the shortest day. National Flash Fiction Day!
Out on the Shelves: Connecting rainbow young people with the stories that represent them [blog post]
We love InsideOUT's Out on the Shelves - an online reading resource connecting rainbow young people with the stories that represent them.
Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi Busby: Not sir by chance [blog post]
Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi Busby was given a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Jan-Hai talks about meeting him, and his inspiring life.
The Rangiora Fire Station, North Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The Rangiora Fire Station, North Canterbury [ca. 1900]. An image from our Digital Collection.
National Volunteer Week 2018 [blog post]
Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference in your community. Here is some information from Volunteering New Zealand on National Volunteer Week 2018.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is Here! [blog post]
The biggest sporting event on the planet is here: the FIFA World Cup. Mark fills non-football types in on the drama, spectacle and excitement of this global sporting event.
Matariki - a time for garden plans [blog post]
With Matariki approaching, it's nearly time to start thinking about our food plantings for the coming year.
eMagazines for your reading pleasure [blog post]
Some of RBDigital Magazines latest gems.
Podcast - Child poverty and the Budget 2018
For the second year in a row, Speak Up-Korerotia has partnered with CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) to record a show about child poverty and the Budget.
International DUBLIN Literary Award 2018
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack is this year's winner.
History and Current Events newsletter June 2018
Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant moments in history.
Philippine Independence Day, 12 June [blog post]
Explore the history, language and culture of the Philippines at the library.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter June 2018
Take a look at our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Healthy, wealthy, and Wise newsletter June 2018
Stretch your muscles and your mind with our selection of books that explore the financial, physical, and philosophical challenges in life. Here is the latest Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise newsletter.
Armchair Travel newsletter June 2018
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Fiction and Daughters [blog post]
It would seem there is a daughter for every occupation, including a blind astronomer and a Can Opener.
Ten titles, tweeted: Our selectors pick some top new books
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 selector ^CO.
Art at Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre
Information on art works.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards [updated]
This year's winners in the categories of Picture book, Fiction and Poetry, and Non-fiction.
In a world of fake news, how do you know what's real? Try eDS [blog post]
If you're for searching for information and want to be sure of meaningful and relevant results, try the eResources Discovery Search (eDS). Feel confident that you're getting quality results as all sources are reliable vetted resources including peer reviewed articles.
Messrs Minson & Co.'s Premises, Colombo Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A little of the history of what was Christchurch's leading crockery and glassware store, opened on 1 Jan. 1857 in Colombo Street, Sydenham.
What really happened on the Channel Islands during WWII? [blog post]
Jane delves into the real life history of Guernsey during WWII after watching the movie version of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Stuff we love - June 2018 [booklist]
Librarians pick their favourite things.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - 2018 finalists announced [blog posts]
Kim highlights the best in NZ writing for kids.
A fiction lover's mid year review [blog post]
Dan lists his fave novels of 2018 so far.
Dr Seuss Creation - A Family Challenge [competition]
We are running an exciting competition during June and July this year. Express your creativity and be in to win a family pass to The Cat in the Hat at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal on Tuesday 9 October
Red Zone Futures - Have your say! [blog post]
Visit the exhibition in Cashel Street, or the travelling exhibition which will be at libraries and other locations this month.
Parents, romance, and friendship drama: New contemporary teen fiction
Alina highlights three romance-driven YA novels from different (American) perspectives, all recently published.
Mother Nature: Giving us everything we need to create beautiful, natural, art [blog post]
"So let's see if we can support the kaupapa of this year's Matariki theme, look for ways to decrease our more environmental footprint, and use sustainable natural resources to decorate instead."
Recent necrology May 2018
A listing of well-known people who have died recently.
Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie has taken out this year's prize.
Annihilation [book review]
Angela explores Jeff VanderMeer's trilogy.
Matariki 2018 [book list]
New favourites, old favourites, and resources relating to 'Toitu Nga Mahinga Kai o Matariki - Sustainable Natural Resources of Matariki'.
Teen Scene newsletter June 2018
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Sensors, maps, number crunching, and the Internet of Things: Reflections on the Smart Cities Expo
What is a Smart City, and is Christchurch becoming one? Rob went to the Smart Cities Expo and learnt how tech can make for better cities.
Armageddon 2018 [blog post]
Pru gets ready for the Armageddon pop culture expo.
Becoming musical with library eResources [blog post]
Hong blogs in Korean about all things musical.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: Musings on fiction [blog post]
Jane explores some popular topics in the fiction world.
Karamia Muller: Sharing Gagana Samoa [interview]
Jan-Hai interviews Samoan author Karamia Muller.
Queen's Birthday - Monday 4 June 2018
All our libraries will be closed on Monday 4 June. Read more about the Queen's life.
Win tickets to the NZSO's An Evening With Simon O'Neill [competition]
We have 2 double passes to give away to library members. All you need to do is tell us what the name of the new central library is in the entry form below. Entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, 5 June and winners will be announced on Wednesday 6 June.
Film and television - a mid-year review [blog post]
" I borrow films and tele series from the library!"
uncover - huraina issue 8, June to Augsut 2018
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.
Lighthouse: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The Akaroa lighthouse began operation in Jan. 1880 with an oil-illuminated light. It was converted to electric power from a diesel generator in Nov. 1951 and later to the mains power supply. It operated manually from Akaroa Head 1886-1977, when it was replaced by an automatic light. The building was shifted to Akaroa township in Oct. 1980.
KidsFest 2018 [blog post]
KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 7 to 21 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and secure your spot! Tickets are on sale now!
NBA Playoffs Time [booklist]
Simone has created a list of great basketball-related reading.
Youth suicide [podcast]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Koorerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. The latest episode deals with youth suicide. New Zealand has high rates of youth suicide, especially among Maori and Pasifika populations.
Library sounds - a mid-year review [book list]
Dan picks his favourites for the year so far.
National Simultaneous Storytime - Hickory Dickory Dash, Wednesday 23 May 1pm
Watch a video of library staff reading this book, and find out more about #NSS2018
Remembering Tom Wolfe - a personal view [blog post]
Rob looks back at the works of Tom Wolfe, and finds them a mixed legacy.
Man Booker International Prize 2018
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft, is the winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel - 2018 longlist
Check out the ten titles on the longlist for this cool New Zealand crime writing prize.
Kids' Books newsletter May 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.
Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival 2018 [blog post]
Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival 2018 is a treat for lovers of jazz and blues - it is on 23 to 27 May
Introducing Gale Interactive: Science : Make Science Come "Alive"
Make science come alive - interactive 3-D models & authoritative, digital content that helps students experience science, not just study it.
Fiction A to Z newsletter May 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.
Fun Holiday Programmes [blog post]
Have a look back at our April Holiday Programmes in the Learning Centres.
Nebula Awards [updated]
Award winning Sci-fi and Fantasy, including Young Adult titles and movies, as decided by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Updated with this year's winners.
The world's most expensive piece of paper [blog post]
The extraordinary tale of a single stamp as it changed hands and rapidly increased in value with each new owner over its 150 year history.
The Hanmer bath-house buildings for the hot pools at Hanmer Springs built in 1904: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A photograph from our Digital Collection.
Robert Webb - How Not to be a Boy: WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Andrew reports back from WORD Christchurch's event with English comedian and author Robert Webb and Michele A'Court.
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards [updated]
Updated with the winners of the 2018 awards as announced on Tuesday 15 May.
Celebrating Techweek 2018 [blog post]
Techweek in on 19-27th May, and it's all about celebrating innovative New Zealand technology. Find out about library tech and local events.
Science and the city [blog post]
Engineering, archaeology, futurism, ecology and psychology. Ahead of the Smart Cities Innovation Expo we recommend titles on city building.
Mild, spicy, or burn it all down?: Secrets in novels [blog post]
Who doesn't love a novel with a secret? Roberta's shares her "Spicy Secrets Rating Scale" for fiction with shocking (or not) revelations.
I hear dead people - Rock's Back Pages [blog post]
Simone discovers a raft of interviews with late, great legends of rock in the Rock's Back Pages eResource.
Pink Shirt Day 2018 [blog post]
This Friday is Pink Shirt Day, so show your support and stand up against bullying.
The timeless tradition of nearly forgetting Mother's Day [blog post]
Pru picks some books and images about mothers.
Queens of crime combine: Money in the morgue [review]
Taking over from Dame Ngaio Marsh, one of the original Queens of Crime, would be a daunting prospect for any writer, but Stella Duffy has beautifully risen to this task in the new inspector Alleyn novel, 'Money in the Morgue'.
Edgar Allan Poe Awards - Best Novel [updated]
Updated with 2018 winner.
International Dylan Thomas Prize
Updated with 2018 winner and finalists.
Undergraduate students in gowns in the quadrangle on their way to lecture rooms, Canterbury College: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Founded in 1873, Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury) originally occupied what is now the Arts Centre.
Bloomsbury Popular Music [blog post]
Find out all about our new Music focused eResource.
PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction [updated]
Updated with 2018 winner and finalists.
Recent necrology, April 2018 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently incluing local motorcycling legend Ivan Mauger and novelist Anita Shreve.
Recreational non-fiction - a mid year review [blog post]
Dan rundowns his readable nonfiction picks from the last 6 months.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction [updated]
Updated with 2018 winners and finalists
Spark Jump - help for families to get online at home
Christchurch City Libraries are teaming up with the 20/20 Trust to offer Spark Jump. Spark Jump is designed for families in low-income communities with the care of children (aged 0 to 18) who don't have a current fixed broadband connection at home, and whose household is in the 4G coverage area. Workshop participants receive a free wifi modem and 30GB of data for $10 on the prepay service with no fixed contract.
How we met by Michele A'Court [book review]
"This is a sweet, generous and intelligent book. I recommend it -especially if you're looking for something cozy, curled up on a winter afternoon."
Reinventing advocacy [blog post]
A guest post from Sara Epperson, Chairperson, Public Health Association, Canterbury/West Coast Branch.
National Simultaneous Storytime 2018 [event]
Australia and New Zealand are joining together to read Hickory Dickory Dash. Thirteen of our libraries are taking part, come along!
History and Current Events Newsletter May 2018
Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant moments in history.
Home, Garden and DIY Newsletter May 2018
Find recommended titles on gardening, home improvement, interiors, and crafts.
Popular Culture Newsletter May 2018
New and recommended reads from the worlds of television and film, fashion, sport, the internet, music and theatre.
Credo Reference for ESL Students [blog post]
Credo Reference is a great tool for ESL students - defining words and concepts and providing cultural context for their use.
Be an Eco-Champ for Science Week [blog post]
Start championing the environment. Become an Eco Champ for Primary Science Week (14-18 May).
The Amazing Jeff Kinney - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Theresa reports back from the Jeff Kinney WORD Christchurch event.
Movie and book: The shape of water [review]
Moata discovers that the only thing better than an Oscar winning movie... is the novel that accompanies it.
A section of Armagh Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Horses were volunteered by the public for use in the South African War (1899-1902). Here sixty of them are seen being officially inspected.
Pax: searching for peace [book review]
"A recent addition to the children's fiction shelves, Pax by Sara Pennypacker is a deeply emotional story that explores the special connection between a boy and his fox. The narratives of the two main characters, Peter and his fox Pax, are beautifully entwined in the tale of an epic journey through a world threatened by war."
Teen scene newsletter [May 2018]
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Great reads for not-so-eager readers [blog post]
Theresa gives some good tips for encouraging young readers.
Inter Library Robotics competition [blog post]
Audrey reports on robotics battles in the library.
Writing competitions for teens [updated]
One way of getting published is to enter your work into writing competitions.
New Zealand Music Month 2018
Find out more about NZ Music Month, and what is happening in libraries.
Robert Webb: How Not To Be a Boy - WORD Christchurch, Tuesday 15 May, 7.30pm [blog post]
Andrew is going to comedian and author, Robert Webb's talk later this month. Find out what it's all about in his post.
The Killers bring Vegas to Christchurch [blog post]
Helen reviews The Killers' Christchurch concert.
Digging up the past [blog post]
Did you know it's New Zealand Archaeology Week? Rob has put together the ultimate guide to library resources on digging up the past. Turns out, it doesn't just happen in Egypt.
The camel ride including two young travellers at the New Zealand International Exhibition 1906-1907: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Accompanied by two baby camels, three adult camels arrived in Christchurch in October 1906 onboard the S.S. Wimmera bound for the New Zealand International Exhibition in Hagley Park.
A glimpse of libraries past [blog post]
Kat takes a trip down memory lane and looks at photos of libraries of the past.
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.
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.