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Editions September 2014
Spring has sprung and it brings with it many opportunities to learn and grow. Explore what's new in Christchurch and at the library.
Growing
September is a busy month with opportunities to learn and grow. Find out about Adult Learners' Week, The Body Festival and NZ IceFest, plus lots more.
Papanui Library has reopened
Papanui Library has reopened following the installation of a new air conditioning system.
New Zealand Post Book Awards [updated]
The winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards were annnounced last night. Find out how your favourite NZ books of the past year fared.
We need new names: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival
Zimbabwe came as close as it is ever likely to get, in having one of its daughters win the Man Booker Prize, when in 2013, NoViolet Bulawayo was shortlisted for her first novel We Need New Names.
Shigeru Ban at WORD Christchurch
Pritzker Prize winning architect Shigeru Ban spoke last night in the Cardboard Cathedral as part of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
New titles September 2014
Our newly arrived titles, now across seven genres: digital (eBooks & eAudiobooks), fiction, non-fiction, audio and video, children's, large print and young adults. These items arrived in August 2014.
RSS: New fiction
All of the fiction that arrived over the past week.
RSS: New non-fiction
All the non-fiction books that arrived over the past week.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
Adult Learners' Week
Adult Learners' Week runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 September. Discover the many ways you can learn at the library.
James Tait Black Memorial Prizes [updated]
Find out which works of fiction and biographies have won the latest James Tait Black Memorial Prizes.
Picture books August 2014 newsletter
Our latest newsletter includes sharks, babies, cats, dogs, flies and monsters.
Sgt Henry James Nicholas V.C. M.M. [updated]
We have added a link to the excellent interactive and comic about Henry Nicholas on Stuff to our page. Henry Nicholas was the first soldier from the Canterbury Regiment to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Kids' Books August 2014 newsletter
Spy catchers, code crackers and a large serving of giants! Browse our Kids' Books newsletter online or subscribe to get it direct in your inbox.
Historical Fiction August 2014
Lucky us! Out latest historical fiction newsletter is out.
Cecil Malthus [Twitter]
Cecil Malthus' letters and telegrams tell his story of the First World War. You can follow him now at @malthus_letters
Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes [updated]
Find out more about the earthquakes in Christchurch in Canterbury.
Nature and Science Newsletter August 2014
New and recommended nature and science reads chosen by our book selectors. Sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox.
Children's Book Council of Australia Awards [Kids] [updated]
The Children's Book Council of Australia presents annual awards for books which have made an outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature. We have updated our list of awards to include the latest winners.
World Fantasy novel nominees updated
As well as the awards for best novel and life achievement awards (listed here) awards are given in Novella, Short Fiction, Anthology, Collection, Artist and two Special Awards: Professional & Non-Professional.
Hugo Awards updated with 2014 winners
The Hugo Awards were established in 1953 as Science Fiction Achievement Awards for the best science fiction writing in several categories. We list winners in the novel, novella, novelette, short story, graphic story and related works sections.
Biography and Memoir August 2014 newsletter
Peep through the keyhole at the lives of famous, infamous and just plain interesting people with our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter. Sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox.
Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter
Read about resilient Afghani women, haunted estates, and rebels in 1970s Spain in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter.
Every picture tells a story - Writing competition [the Pulse]
Read the winning stories.
38 Cranford Street art [photos]
Christchurch graffiti artists have painted 38 Cranford Street in St Albans before it is demolished. It was open this weekend to visitors.
Photos [updated]
We have just uploaded some photos of the Bridge of Remembrance, WW100 displays, and the Central Library demolition.
Storylines Festival and Family Day [Kids] [updated]
The Christchurch Free Family Day is being held on Sunday 24 August at Upper Riccarton Library. View the final programme for the day.
Tax [updated]
We list links where you can find helpful information about common taxes and processes in New Zealand.
Earthquakes [updated]
We have updated our page of links about earthquakes.
Climate change [updated]
Want to find out more about the impact of climate change, and the debate surrounding this issue? We have updated our page of resources about this topic.
Water [updated]
Water in Canterbury: this page lists many useful sources of information.
History and Current Events August 2014 newsletter
This month's History and Current Events newsletter features China's second continent, the future of food, and life in North Korea.
Photos [updated]
We've just uploaded some photos of crafty sheep in Latimer Square, and art in New Brighton.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival [blog posts]
Find out what festival guest are looking forward to at WORD Christchurch, their library stories, and one surprising fact.
Roald Dahl Funny Prize [Kids] [updated]
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize has been awarded annually since 2008. It has just been announced that it will be on hold until 2016, when it will be re-launched as part of the Roald Dahl Centenary celebrations.
Hans Christian Andersen Award [Kids] [updated]
The Hans Christian Andersen Award is considered to be the most prestigious award in international children's literature. It is given biennially to a living author and illustrator whose complete works are judged to have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. We have updated our list of winners to include the latest recipients.
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award [Kids] [updated]
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the biggest international children's and young adult literature award in the world. We have updated our list of winners to include the latest recipient.
CLPE Poetry Award [Kids] [updated]
The CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award honours excellence in children's poetry. We have updated our list of winners to include the latest recipient.
Armchair Travel August 2014 newsletter
Escape the cold and grey winter and transport yourself to Mexico, China, Iran or even Kamchatka with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Thrillers and Suspense August 2014 newsletter
Get your heart pumping with our latest Thrillers and Suspense picks.
New titles August 2014
Our lists of audio and video, kids, digital, fiction, large print, non-fictin and teen books, DVDs, CDs and more. These titles arrive in July.
Teen Scene August 2014 newsletter
Ever wondered what's between life and death? Check out the books in our latest Teen Scene newsletter for some intriguing scenarios.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2014 shortlist
Find out about the four titles in the running for this award which will be announced at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
Christchurch street and place names [updated]
Origins of Christchurch street and place names updated for August 2014.
LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2014 winners [updated]
Find out the winners of the 2014 LIANZA Children's Book Awards.
First World War [images]
A selection of images including postcards, photographs, and publications related to the First World War.
WW100 [updated]
WW100 is a programme marking the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018. Find out about our First World War resources and events.
Books, reading, and writing [photos]
This is a sample of photographs relating to books and reading.
Askews eBooks
Access a free eBook service of fiction and non-fiction titles. This collection of eBooks focuses on British titles.
Editions August 2014
This month is full of writing and reading and thinking. Explore what's on in Christchurch.
Writing and Reading
August is a month full of reading and writing events - from the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival to our big Community Read, to Storylines for kids - and more!
Top of the web - July 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
Find out what was popular on our web site and social media in July.
Application for Membership form [updated]
We have updated our Application for Membership form. It is now also available in Te Reo Maori. Conditions of membership are available in English, Te Reo Maori and Chinese.
Library charges [updated]
Some of our fees and charges changed on 1 August 2014. This page lists the updated fees and charges.
Storylines Festival and Family Day [updated]
Thie Storylines Family Day is a great opportunity for you and your children to meet New Zealand authors and illustrators, Check out also the two great competitions for kids.
Community Read - The 10pm Question - Friday 22 August 2014
Get on board with our Community Read. At 11am, enjoy book chat, tea and tales with award winning author Kate De Goldi. At 7.30pm, share your 10pm question competition and be in to win an iPod touch. Join the Court Jesters at South Library as they improvise your 10pm questions!
National Poetry Day competition
Write an original piece of poetry and drop it into your local library or enter online. The first prize will be book vouchers to the value of $100. There will also be a $50 book voucher for the runner up.
Film Festival Literary Connections [updated]
A list of the NZIFF films based on books, or on the subject of writers. Kindly supplied to us by the Festival organisers.
Historical Fiction July 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Historical Fiction newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
20th Commonwealth Games 2014
Find out information and news sources about the 20th Commonwealth Games is on in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
Man Booker Prize longlist 2014
Eleanor Catton won this last year, who will win in 2014? Here are the nominees.
International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2014
The longlist has been announced, and The Luminaries has scored another award nod.
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 finalists
Find out who this year's finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards are. Winners will be announced on 27 August.
Mobile Library timetable updated
Kia ora, our timetable for the mobile library service has changed. Check out where and when we will be visiting your area.
"As long as the story is moving": Margaret Mahy 21 March 1936 - 23 July 2012
Two years ago, we lost "word witch" Margaret Mahy - a famous Canterbury local and a much loved children's author.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori blog posts
Follow our Maori Language Week posts on the blog.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori modern classics [booklist]
A neat selection of classic picture books in Te Reo Maori.
Resources for Te Reo Maori learners [updated]
Courses, dictionaries and resources for people learning te reo Maori.
Picture books July 2014 newsletter
A very not boring list of new titles - raptors, mooses, bears, and Snoring Beauty!
Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter
Batmobiles and batcycles, Zita the spacegirl and lots of mighty mice. Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online or subscribe to receive it as an email.
Papanui Library closed
Papanui Library is closed. It is scheduled to re-open on Friday 29 August 2014. Find out more about why the library is closed, and how it affects you.
Te Reo Maori
This page connects you with Te Reo Maori resources - language books and courses, quizzes, stories and information on our Maori signage and library names.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week
The 2014 theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki - The Word of the Week. Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week celebrates te reo Maori. The Maori language is a taonga that gives New Zealand its distinct and unique cultural identity.
Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter
From Lyttelton to Sri Lanka, Mallorca and Ukraine - our Fiction A to Z newsletter brings you fiction from many perspectives.
Government Life Building in Cathedral Square - opened 50 years ago today [blog]
On 17 July 1964 the Government Life Building opened in Cathedral Square. It is currently being demolished.
New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards
Congratulations to Amy Head, Marty Smith and Rebecca Macfie, who have won this year's New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards.
Pharos payments gateway
We now offer the facility to top up your Pharos account balance using a credit or debit card (not EFTPOS), while logged onto the computers in our libraries or connected to the Christchurch City Libraries' WiFi.
Steampunk Runway Competiton Expanded
This Steampunk fashion design competition has now been widened to include an Open category so all ages can enter. Entries close on Friday 18 July.
More than 2,400 ideas for new Central Library designers [media release]
More than 2,400 ideas were gathered during the six-week long Your Library, Your Voice campaign which asked the public for suggestions for the New Central Library.
RIP Nadine Gordimer, South Africa's grande dame of literature [blog post]
We farewell famous South African author and activist Nadine Gordimer.
Biography and Memoir July 2014 newsletter
Nannies, remarkable women, musicians and the man who remembered the future. Discover these and more interesting lives in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter.
Fantasy newsletter August 2014
This month's fantasy newsletter has a selection of new titles and books of short stories.
OverDrive for teens [the Source]
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for teens. Free in 'the Source' for Christchurch resident library members.
OverDrive for kids [the Source]
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for children. Free in 'the Source' for Christchurch resident library members.
Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter
Fancy some Baldacci, Deaver, King, Fairstein, Hayes, Quirke or Stone? Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter. You can subscribe to receive this and other newsletters directly in your inbox.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014 launch [photos]
Photos from the Festival launch on Thursday 10 July 2014.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014
Local and international literary luminaries are coming to Christchurch. The Festival will take place from Wednesday 27 August to Sunday 31 August 2014.
Popular Music Library
Stream a wide range of popular music from around the world. New for library members in the Source.
Internet access restored at Fendalton Library (Thursday 10 July)
Internet access through wifi and the public computers at Fendalton Library is available once again after yesterday's outage.
Internet access unavailable at Fendalton Library
Internet access through wifi and the public computers at Fendalton Library is currently unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
Art resources [updated]
This page shows you how to explore our collection for information on artists and art styles, and the Dewey classification of the subjects.
Our social catalogue [updated]
What have you been reading, watching, and listening to? What is on your "to-read pile"? Christchurch City Libraries members can use the catalogue to share opinions of books, DVDS, and music.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
We have added info on a CPIT course Liquidity water science course for years 9 to 10 girls on next week 16 to 18 July.
History and Current Events July 2014 Newsletter
Find out how Shirley Temple saved America in our History and Current Events newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletters on our website.
Popular Culture July 2014 newsletter
New Popular Culture reads in our July newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletters on our website.
Home Garden and DIY Juy 2014 Newsletter
Blossom and bloom with the Home Garden and DIY newsletter. You can get this delivered to your inbox bi-monthly.
Work begins on new Halswell Library and Community Facility [media release]
Construction of the Halswell Library and Community Facility - a new community hub incorporating a library, outdoor pool, meeting spaces and a customer service desk - begins on Monday 14 July 2014.
Crime Writers' Association Awards [updated]
The Crime Writers' Association has awarded a number of its famous daggers - check out the winners for some great reading suggestions.
Science Alive - Term 3
Find out about the upcoming afterschool classes - activities are based around the science of popular books and other interesting topics.
Afterschool programmes Term 3
Find out about afterschool sessions for next term - Minecraft, Girls Zone, eBooks and more.
Minecraft in action [blog post]
Check out a vid of kids making Minecraft worlds and explore more Minecraft stuff.
New Zealand fashion [updated]
This guide aims to help you find information on New Zealand fashion and designers - n books, magazines, and on the internet.
Fashion [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries has many resources for the dedicated follower of fashion - books, magazines and web sites on the elements of style.
Zines [updated]
Do you draw? Doodle? Write notes to friends? Glue stuff? Cut paper? You can make a zine!
Artists [updated]
This page links to our pages on artists, and examines ways of searching for more information.
Architecture [updated]
Explore our architecture resources - from architect biographies, to Christchurch architecture, and databases in the Source.
Art [updated]
This section links you with art resources in our collection.
Science Alive Term 3
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme in ten libraries across Christchurch. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week! Programmes run during term time except the first week and no bookings are required. The programme for Semester 3 2014 has activities based around the science of popular books and other interesting topics.
Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992 [the Source]
Access to the digital archive of Punch, the world's most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. New for library members in the Source
Gale Artemis: Literary Sources [the Source]
Artemis allows you to cross search all of Gale's literary resources in one search. These resources include LitFinder, Literary Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library. New for library members in the Source.
About Papers Past [the Source, updated]
The Press coverage is now from 25 May 1861 to 29 December 1928. The Star now covers i4 May 1868 to 31 December 1914. Newly added is The Sun 6 February 1914 to 31 December 1915.
Papers Past - now with more Christchurch [blog post]
The Press coverage is now from 25 May 1861 to 29 December 1928. The Star now covers i4 May 1868 to 31 December 1914. Newly added is The Sun 6 February 1914 to 31 December 1915.
Arts and crafts [Kids]
Lots of links to help the kids be creative. Perfect for the school holidays!
Writing [updated]
Want to improve your writing or get your material published? This page offers useful links and information.
Top of the web - June 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
Find out what was popular on our sites last month - from Matariki to Rik Mayall.
Horizons and Connect programmes [Learning Centres]
The Horizons and Connect programmes for Terms 3 and 4 are now available.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
Find out about what is on in the school holidays for Christchurch children. We have added in links to holiday activities at local malls.
Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter
Read all about liars, villains and buzz kills in the latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Creating - Waihanga
Make stuff! In July we connect with things to make and do - from arts and crafts, to cooking and writing. We also look forward to Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.
Editions July 2014
Find out about what is on in July - with a creativity flavour.
Food and drink [updated]
Resources to help cooks and food lovers - from cookbooks to food history and food dictionaries.
Building - a guide to getting started [updated]
Building and renovating? This page links you to useful information and resources.
Gardening [updated]
Gardening and garden-related information and resources galore.
Crafts [updated]
Our libraries are a treasure-trove for craft-lovers. We have updated our page to include new resources available.
About GreenFILE [the Source, updated]
Research the effects of humans on the environment.
About Computer Database [the Source, updated]
Find computer related news and information in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.
About Literature Resource Centre [the Source, updated]
Access to research on literary topics, authors, and their works.
About LitFinder [the Source, updated]
Access to full text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, plays, novels and more.
Ancestry database is back in action
We are happy to report Ancestry is available again at our libraries.
Ancestry database unavailable
Unfortunately access to Ancestry is currently unavailable for reasons beyond our control. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Papanui Library closes for upgrade [media release]
Papanui Library will be closed in stages over the next few weeks while a new air conditioning system is installed. The closure will take place in two stages: the rear half of the library will be closed from Thursday 3 to Wednesday 16 July 2014, during which time it will offer partial services, with limited access to the collection and no Babytime or Storytime sessions. The library will be fully closed from Thursday 17 July to Thursday 28 August.
New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014
Found out about the award winners and shortlisted writers from last night's awards ceremony.
Kate Greenaway Medal [Kids]
The Kate Greenaway Medal is presented annually for the most distinguished work in the illustration of children's books published in the United Kingdom. We have updated our list with the latest recipient of the Medal.
Carnegie Medal [Kids]
The Carnegie Medal was established in 1937 and is presented annually to an outstanding book published in the United Kingdom. We have updated our list with the latest recipient of the Medal.
Proquest Science Journals [the Source, updated]
Online access to leading popular science journals in applied and general sciences.
Picture books June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Picture Books newsletter online. New NZ titles and more!
Kids' Books June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Historical Fiction June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Historical Fiction newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Press Display [updated]
Large digital newspaper library. Full-page replicas of current print editions, including editorial content, graphics and advertising. Up to ninety days back issues.
MasterFile Complete
Access to full-text magazines, journals and general reference publications covering every subject area of interest. Also includes primary source documents and an extensive image collection. New for library members in the Source.
Nature and Science June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Nature and Science newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Biography and Memoir June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Every picture tells a story - writing competition [the Pulse]
Get inspired by amazing images by young photographers. This comp is open to all Christchurch high school students. Great prizes to be won in four categories: Poem, Drabble, Short story, and Te Reo Maori.
Bloomsday [blog]
June 16th is Bloomsday, the date when all the action in James Joyce's Ulysses takes place. Read Robyn's blog about this famous date in literature.
Fiction A to Z June 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.