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Fantasy newsletter for April 2015
New titles from Joe Abercrombie, Jo Walton and others (not called Jo) plus some urban fantasy to try.
Biography and Memoir April 2015 newsletter
Johnny Rotten brushes shoulders with Sophia Loren and John Smith of Pocahontas fame in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter.
History and Current Events April 2015 newsletter
Discover the latest history and current events picks in our April newsletter. Subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.
Fiction A to Z April 2015 newsletter
Love good fiction? Then you'll love the picks in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter. You can also subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.
ANZAC Centenary Poppy Blanket [photos]
Photos of the ANZAC Centenary Poppy Blanket on display at Upper Riccarton Library..
Yours truly, Cecil [blog post]
Cecil Malthus apent three years in service in the 1st Canterbury Battalion during the First World War. Read his letters in our digitised collection.
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction [updated]
Find out which books have been shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
NZ Music Month
Explore NZ Music Month and what musical delights your library holds.
NZ Music Month 2015
Martin Phillips and more - find out what is happening in your libraries in May - New Zealand Music Month.
Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury 2015 [blog post]
Find out what is happening on Anzac Day.
Record Store Day: Put the needle on the record [blog post]
Record Store Day is on this Saturday 18 April.
Chinese eMagazines with Dragonsource! [blog post]
Dragonsource is the latest electronic offering to our customers - specifically those who can read and understand Chinese!
Spreydon Library closed for two weeks [media release]
Spreydon Library will be closed from Monday 20 April to Sunday 3 May for earthquake repairs.
Anzac Day library hours
Saturday 25 April all libraries will be closed, Sunday 26 April, libraries that open on a Sunday will open as normal. Monday 27 April, Linwood, Papanui and South Libraries and our telephone service 941 7923 will be open from 10am to 4pm. All other libraries will remain closed.
Science Fiction newsletter April 2015
This month's newsletter includes new titles from Elizabeth Bear, Eric Flint, John Ringo and more.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
We have updated our page with the 2015 shortlist.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards 2015 [blog post]
Find out who is on the 2015 shortlist, and library nominations from New Zealand and around the world.
Thrillers and Suspense April 2015 newsletter
Financial manipulation, political intrigue, corporate corruption, and murder most foul - find them all in our April Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Armchair Travel April 2015 newsletter
Been around the world? If not, here's the chance to indulge in some virtual travel with our latest newsletter. No visas or vaccinations required!
Ready for reading [updated]
We've re-released our Ready for Reading packs for four year olds with a new story booklet 'Storytime Te Wa Korero'. The page now has a short list of useful websites.
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.
First World War Exhibition at Central Library Peterborough [blog post]
An exhibition of First World War memorabilia kindly loaned by local collector Barry O'Sullivan. Featuring gas masks, cameras, soldiers' kits, uniforms and a wide variety of other items from both home and abroad.
Cycle to your library day, and cycling librarians [blog post]
On Tuesday 14 April 2015 we are celebrating Cycle to your Library Day. Cycle to the library and you will get a backpack with reflective strips (while stocks last).
Dragonsource - Chinese eMagazines
Hundreds of popular Chinese-language eMagazines for online reading. Topics range from business and economics to family, fashion, entertainment, film and travel.
Anzac Day Library Hours [news]
Find out our opening hours around ANZAC Day 2015.
Teen Scene April 2015 Newsletter
Perfectly timed for the school holidays: a fresh selection of new titles and staff picks for young adults.
Easter 2015
Find out when libraries are open and closed, and explore more about Easter.
Thinking - Whakaaro
Our theme for April is Thinking - Whakaaro. Libraries are places where people come to research, discover, and learn.
David Cohen Prize [updated]
Tony Harrison recently won the 2015 David Cohen Prize. Check out our webpage for previous winners.
New titles April 2015
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 March 2015.
Christchurch fog [photos]
Christchurch was foggy in the morning of Friday 27 March.
New Christchurch RSA building [photos]
Photos of the new RSA building on Armagh Street that is officially opened on 27 March 2015.
Sound garden on Peterborough Street [photos]
Photos of the Sound garden installation.
Spreydon Library closure [news]
Spreydon Library will be closed from Monday 20 April to Sunday 3 May for earthquake repairs. The library will reopen on Monday 4 May.
Canterbury landscape inspires New Central Library design [media release]
The design of Christchurch's New Central Library in Cathedral Square was inspired by the Canterbury landscape and feedback from the public on what they wanted in the new building.
New Central Library
The new Christchurch City Libraries Central Library is due to open in early 2018. Find out more.
Man Booker International Prize finalists
The finalists for this year's Man Booker International Prize (not to be confused with the Man Booker) have been announced. Check out our list for a reminder of the wonderful variety of world fiction.
Historical Fiction newsletter March 2015
Read the latest historical fiction picks in our March newsletter.
Picture books newsletter March 2015
A selection of our latest picture books including some New Zealand titles.
William Rhodes Moorhouse
Christchurch pilot, William B. Rhodes-Moorhouse, was killed in action in Europe in the First World War. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the first ever to be given to an airman. He also was responsible for the death of two people wile driving and while riding his motorcycle.
Kids' Books March 2015 newsletter
Browse our latest Kids' Books newsletter for the true story of Winnie the Pooh, a look behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films, and LEGO creations!
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, and events
Find about the latest literary events in Christchurch.
Guess who's coming to Christchurch? David Walliams, David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald, Xinran, Steve Braunias, Nick Davies [blog post]
WORD Christchurch in association with the Auckland Writers Festival is bringing six top authors to town for its Autumn Season 13 to 17 May.
We have added some new photos from around Christchurch - including the demolition of Chancery Arcade, street art, and rebuilding.
John Robert Godley and the founding of Canterbury [updated]
John Robert Godley is known as the Founder of Canterbury even though he lived here for only two and a half years.
Christchurch statues [updated]
Have a look at the history of some of Christchurch's notable statues.
The New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 [blog post]
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival is coming to Christchurch from 7 to 12 April 2015.
To read or not to read that is the question: OverDrive's Big Library Read!
Shakespeare Saved My Life : Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates is the eBook for this month's Big Library Read. Unlimited check outs until the end of March.
Murakami unleashed: Auckland Writers Festival programme is out [blog post]
Haruki Murakami is the headliner at this year's Auckland Writers Festival.
Squeaky clean reading? [blog post]
Jane talks about sanitising her reading.
Welcome to Te Haapua: Halswell Centre
The new library, pool and community facility currently under construction in Halswell at last has a name -Te Haapua: Halswell Centre.
Auckland Writers Festival
Christchurch City Libraries connects you with the Auckland Writers Festival to be held from 13 to 17 May at the Aotea Centre.
Race Relations Day
Saturday 21 March is Race Relations Day. Find out about what events are taking place in Christchurch to celebrate.
Biography and Memoir March 2015 newsletter
Our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter includes a history of the life of 'Wolf Hall' protagonist Thomas Cromwell, as well as 'Travelling to Infinity', the memoir by Jane Hawkings of her life with Stephen Hawking. Plus of course the usual large selection of other intriguing lives.
Fiction A to Z March 2015 newsletter
From whales to midwives and lots more in between - check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter for some of the most interesting new books.
The Reserves of New Brighton [blog post]
Richard Greenaway explores the reserves early residents of New Brighton could enjoy.
Nga Pounamu Maori collecetion taonga [booklist]
Treasures from Christchurch City Libraries. If Te Matatini inspired you, our Nga Pounamu Maori Collections can help that inspiration fly.
Haere ra Terry Pratchett [blog post]
The road to Wigan Pier [blog post]
Ben's blog post on George Orwell's early 20th century musings.
Art, art on the streets
What is your favourite of the new street art around town for the Spectrum Street Art Festival? Have your say!
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction [updated]
The 2015 longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced - find out which books made the cut.
History and Current Events March 2015 newsletter
Women in history, Anonymous and the new Erik Larson feature in our History and Current Events newsletter.
Home, Garden and DIY March 2015 newsletter
Community food gardens, maker craft and books about bees feature in our March 2015 Home, Garden and DIY newsletter.
Popular Culture March 2015 newsletter
Minecraft, Prince and women in sports feature in our March Popular Culture newsletter.
How to be a feminist - panel [photos]
A panel session presented by WORD Christchurch and the University of Canterbury College of Arts.
Armageddon Pop Culture Expo 2015 [photos]
Photos from the Armageddon Pop Culture Expo at Horncastle Arena.
Thrillers and Suspense March 2015 newsletter
Freelance spies, missing children, vanishing women, and an intriguing new Scandinavian author feature in our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Library policy: Content breadth and depth
Our Content Development Policy guides the selection and management of resources collected and created by our library. Find out more about the parts of it that relate to our content breadth and depth.
Spectrum Street Art Festival [photos]
Photos of the Big Walls around Christchurch, The Spectrum exhibition at the YMCA, and the T-shirts exhibition at the Canterbury Museum.
T-shirts unfolding exhibition [photos]
Our photos of this exhibition at the Canterbury Museum.
Canterbury Japan Day [photos]
Our photos from Japan Day.
Victoria Square [updated]
Victoria Square was originally known as Market Square or Market Place. It was the commercial hub of early Christchurch.
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival 2015 [photos]
Our photos from Te Matatini.
Teen Scene March 2015 newsletter
Discover Gayle Forman's latest book, plus lots more great new young adult titles in our latest Teen Scene.
Culture Galore Festival
In 2015 this event will be held on Saturday 7 March, at Ray Blank Park in Ilam 12 to 4pm.
Science Alive! Under 5 Fest
The excellent Science Alive! Under 5 Fest runs from 6 to the 12 March 2015.
Families - Whanau
March is our month to focus on family times. Browse events and resources that cater for young and old.
International Women's day Sunday 8 March
Find out about feminism. There is a panel on How to be a feminist being presented by WORD Christchurch and UC College of Arts on Sunday 8 March 2015.
Editions March 2015
Read our latest newsletter for information on March events.
Toku ara o te reo Maori - My te reo journey
Masha's post on a journey of discovery as she learns Te Reo Maori.
Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter
Selected new historical fiction reads from our collection in the January Historical Fiction newsletter.
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival
Every two years, Te Matatini organises the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where top kapa haka teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the honour of being crowned the best of the best. From 4 to 8 March 2015, Te Matatini will be hosted by the Waitaha rohe at North Hagley Park, Christchurch.
Kapa haka
Kapa Haka is commonly used to describe a modern day performance of traditional and contemporary adaptations of Maori waiata, poi and haka. Find out more as Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival starts in Christchurch next week.
Looking again at 1914 - an interview with military historian Peter Hart
Kat Moody interviewed Peter Hart, the Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1981. He has written a number of books about various aspects of the First World War, including Gallipoli and aerial warfare. His latest book is Fire and Movement, which takes a fresh look at the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel longlist [updated]
The Ngaio Marsh Award recognises the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident. We have updated our webpage to include the 2015 longlist.
International Dylan Thomas Prize [updated]
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is presented to authors in the English language under the age of 39. We have updated our list of winners.
Canterbury Japan Day [blog post]
Canterbury Japan Day will take place on Sunday 1 March. Find out about the Day and about our resources for Japanese speakers and learners.
Kids' Books February 2015 newsletter
February's Kids' Books newsletter brings us practical jokers, thieves, superheroes, plus magic tricks and the one and only International Rescue Thunderbirds Agent's Technical Manual!
Interview with Linda Harrington
An interview with the author of Rosabelle has been added to our NZ Children's Authors Interviews.