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Quick questions with Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh [blog post]
We are asking four quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on from 24 to 28 August. First up, it's Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, award-winning Auckland-based Pacific poet and scholar.
A glut of literary cookbooks [blog post]
Which food in literature and pop culture would you eat? These themed cookbooks might help you decide.
Podcast - Human Rights and the Olympics [blog post]
With the Rio Olympics due to start next month, this podcast episode discusses human rights within Olympic sports.
Kids’ Books newsletter July 2016
In this issue: Eco crafts you can make, what goes on inside a dog, and books with heroes who jump between the fictional and the real.
Storytimes - Wa Korero [updated]
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes.
Babytimes - Wa Pepi [updated]
Babytimes programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes.
Construction begins on Bishopdale library, community centre [Newsline media release]
An early morning sod turning ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on Bishopdale's new library and community centre.
Speak up - Korerotia [new]
About the human rights podcast now hosted by Christchurch City Libraries.
Te Rerenga Korero - Koia kei a koe
Koia kei [a koe]/[a Sonny/Nehe/Mama]! You're great. You/Sonny/Nehe/Mum really nailed it!
Historical Fiction Newsletter July 2016
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including featured titles with Native American and First Nations characters.
Podcast - Exposing human rights through (citizen) media [blog post]
This episode, 'Exposing human rights through (citizen) media' discusses topics as wide-ranging as satellite technology, the Arab Spring and the struggle for independence in West Papua.
The "Monty Tour" 1947: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
The Tour of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein went from 22-07-1947 to 11-08-1947 and went from Christchurch to Greymouth, Westport, Granity and back to Greymouth and then Christchurch.
Star Trek display at Spreydon Library [photos]
Check out the latest images on our Flickr.
Trump vs Clinton [blog post]
The US Presidential race is on. But who wins in the battle of the biographies?
Introducing Speak up - Korerotia
A new feature of the library blog is that we'll be hosting a locally produced podcast about human rights called Speak up - Korerotia. We interview, Sally Carlton, the host of the show.
Off the Shelf (4) [blog post]
Voracious reader Robyn shares some favourite titles, which include books of gorgeous jewellery and industrial interiors.
Aussie teen fiction [blog post]
Alina reckon's Australia is "the lucky country" particularly when it comes to awesome authors of teen fiction.
PressDisplay is evolving! [blog post]
One of our most popular eResources is changing its name and adding some new features. Read our post for more information.
Biography and Memoir newsletter [blog post]
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Bibliotherapy [blog post]
A book that prescribes literature to cure what ails you? The Novel Cure is a novel concept.
Te Rerenga Korero - Kei reira/kona! [blog post]
Kei reira/kona! Right on! That's the one!
Fantasy newsletter July 2016
Get a bit more fantasy in your month - subscribe to our monthly Fantasy newsletter and find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors.
Fiction A to Z newsletter July 2016
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. This issue includes novels set in the 1970s.
Is there Life After Pi? [blog post]
Yann Martel's Life of Pi was a massive hit so Roberta tries his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, and finds weirdness and wisdom.
July 2016 newsletter
Find out about your libraries, new resources, and more.
New Brighton Library closes for repair, pops up elsewhere [news]
New Brighton Library is closing for repairs from Monday 1 August, and there will be a temporary library popping up at 60 New Brighton Mall on Monday 15 August.
CLPE Poetry Award [updated]
The CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award winners have been announced.
La Traviata [blog post]
Moata has her first opera experience with La Traviata. Read her blog post to find out what she thought.
Cathedral Balloons, Kidsfest 2007: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a permanent digital archive that aims to provide a forum for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents to share images, stories etc. Anyone can join and contribute. This photo shows balloons in the Square for the opening of Kidsfest 2007.
Beat those Winter Blues [blog post]
Are you finding the gloomy days and cold nights are getting you down? Kiwilouise has come up with some blue-busting winter warmers to drag you out of the doldrums.
Stuff we love: July 2016 - Staff Pickles [booklist]
Here are the books, DVDs, and music we are recommending this month.
Award of contract for Sumner library, community centre and museum [news]
Armitage Williams Construction will be establishing the site from Monday 18 July and work will begin on Monday 25 July. Construction is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete and we anticipate that the building will open mid-2017.
Sumner - mobile library stop and returns bin relocating [news]
The Mobile Library stop and returns bin are moving tomorrow (Thursday 14 July) to 57 Nayland Street, Sumner Hub.
Mobile Library timetable [updated]
We have updated the timetable with information on the new Sumner stop at 57 Nayland Street.
Canterbury Olympians [updated]
t Olympians with a local Canterbury connection. Images added.
The Olympic Games [updated]
Up to date information on the Rio and Pyeongchang Games.
Popular Culture newsletter July 2016
In this issue: What food trends say about us, inside the world of dog-breeding, Moby's memoir, and featured titles on fashion and style.
World Fantasy Awards [updated]
Updated with 2016 best novel nominees including 'The Chimes' by Kiwi author Anna Smaill.
Everything you wanted to know about opera but were afraid to ask [blog post]
Moata has never been to the opera before and now she's going to La Traviata... but not without doing some research.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter July 2016
In this issue: Flatpack furniture hacks, scandi-inspired knits, colourful pop art for your wall and getting creative with fabrics and fibres.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter July 2016
Explore the latest Thriller and Suspense titles.
History and Current Events newsletter July 2016
Elizabeth I in her later years, an indepth look at Europe's refugee crisis, the corporatisation of feminism, and titles about homelessness.
Recent eAudiobooks for kids and teens from BorrowBox
A selection of the latest offerings of eAudiobooks from BorrowBox.
Te Rerenga Korero - Ira [blog post]
Ira ! Look at that!
Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [blog post]
If you like trees then Hagley Park probably rates as one of your favourite places. But there's much more to enjoy there than just trees.
Very Best Vampires [book list]
The creatures of the night - what novels they make! A selection of titles for lovers of immortal bloodsuckers. A Staff Pickles list.
Recent eAudiobooks from BorrowBox [blog post]
A selection of the latest offerings of eAudiobooks from BorrowBox.
Recent necrology, June 2016 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including Muhammad Ali, Graham Latimer and Alvin Toffler.
Skating In North Hagley Park : Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Kete Christchurch is a permanent digital archive that aims to provide a forum for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents to share images, stories etc. Anyone can join and contribute. This photograph from the 1940s shows children skating and walking on ice in North Hagley Park.
Time Magazine Archive - for your busy reading pleasure! [blog post]
We now have access to the fully searchable Time Magazine Archive dating back to its first issue in March 1923 through to December 2000.
Your life as an artist [blog post]
Seniors who use creative skills later in life are less likely to develop cognitive impairment than those who did not so Roberta's found some great examples of artists to aspire to.
Wa korero ki te kainga - Storytimes at home [blog post]
Suggestions for incorporating te re Maori into storytime sessions at home.
McLeans Mansion [blog post]
McLeans Mansion is in the news at the moment and this slightly spooky architectural jewel (also known as Holly Lea) has an interesting history.
The Dead Lands: Making a movie in te reo Maori [blog post]
We interview director Toa Fraser about his 2014 Maori martial arts film, The Dead Lands and what it's like to make a film in te reo Maori.
WORD Christchurch: Moata’s picks of the festival [blog post]
Moata picks her must-sees from the newly launched WORD Christchurch festival programme 2016.
YA reviews: All the bright places, The catalyst and The originals [blog post]
Want the skinny on books? Check out what the Cashmere High School Read and Review Team have to say.
WORD Writers & Readers Festival 2016 - Bringing the BIG names to town! [blog post]
The biennial book binge that is the WORD Writers & Readers Festival is back for 2016, and the programme is bursting with authorial tastiness.
Community Read 2016 - Heartland by Jenny Pattrick
Our Community Read for 2016 is Heartland by Jenny Pattrick. In August 2016, Christchurch City Libraries invites you to read, share and discuss Heartland - and join with Jenny Pattrick for some fun events.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2016
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival is on from 24 to 28 August 2016. This year's WORD Festival features 80 events and over 100 speakers from New Zealand and the world. The theme is "Planet and People".
Celebrate our Olympians with Golden Kiwis [blog post]
New Zealand author David Riley has just written a great book all about the amazing athletes who have won gold medals at the Olympic Games over the years.
New Zealand International Film Festival 2016 [blog post]
The 2016 Christchurch festival runs from 28 July to 14 August and features a number of films based on books or about writers or poets.
Nga Rorohiko (electric brains) and more Te Reo Maori in the library [blog post]
some resources to help you find what library things are called in Maori
Hits and misses with MyHeritage [blog post]
Most family history library edition eResources such as Ancestry and Find My Past are available in libraries only. There is though one exception to this rule and that is MyHeritage.
Teen Scene newsletter July 2016
In this issue: Trials and tribulations a gay comic book artist, high school scandals featuring the seven deadly sins, and awesome memoirs.
Te Rerenga Korero - Kia kaha e hoa ma [blog post]
It's Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori and your phrase for the week is "Kia kaha e hoa ma", "Let's go team".
Pukapuka for pepi - Kitty Brown talks about Te Reo Maori board books [interview]
Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson are cousins who've worked together on creating brilliant bilingual board books in te reo Maori and English with Reo Pepi.
Sewilicious birthday wishes [blog post]
When Missbeecrafty finally has some time for sewing she knows which books she'll be choosing projects from.
Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda, foggy morning, 1960s : Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A photo from Kete Christchurch of golden fog and the Edmonds Band Rotunda.
Remembering a disastrous day - The Battle of the Somme [blog post]
The Battle of The Somme began 100 years ago. The first day of the battle, 1 July, was utterly disastrous with staggering losses.
O, Death - Ralph Stanley Dies At 89
One of the early leaders of bluegrass music, Ralph Stanley, has died at age 89. You'll find plenty of his recordings in our catalogue.
Happy happy happy happy birthday Terry Riley! [blog post]
Noted American composer Terry Riley turned 80 this week. You'll find plenty of his recordings in our catalogue.
Can I recommend... [blog post]
Karen discovers the added features of our Bibliocommons catalogue, including comments and reviews from other users.
Ready for the big guns? Time for eResources Discovery Search [blog post]
How to use eResources Discovery Search. Because sometimes Google and Wikipedia just aren't good enough.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2016 [blog post]
The dates for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) this year are 4 - 11 Hongongoi (4-11 July) and this year the theme is - Te reo tautoko - behind you all the way. Library events during the week include bilingual storytime sessions, one with a special guest presenter, and a talk about the history of te reo Maori in children's publishing.
Barbie: The icon [blog post]
"When Barbie: The Icon arrived in the library I couldn't help myself, and immediately borrowed it. Perhaps it's the memories of times past, but I have had a lovely time browsing its full page photos of Barbie dressed in her finest, as well as enjoying the writing."
Follow Brexit with the British Media and PressReader! [blog post]
See headlines and papers from around the world.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2016
We will be celebrating with bilingual storytimes throughout the week.New Brighton will have a special guest performer in Kitty Brown, co-author of a series of te reo Maori board books for children. We're also hosting a special event on The History of Te Reo Maori in Children's Publishing on Thursday 7 July at Fendalton Library.
Ready for the big guns? Time for eResources Discovery Search [blog post]
eResources Discovery Search helps you with research. Colleen shows you how.
Writing competitions for teens
Explore our list of national and international writing competitions for stories, essays, and poetry.
Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand [interview]
We discuss the future of journalism in an interview with Emma Johnson of Freerange Press.
Scheduled outage Wednesday 29 June 8.30 to 10.30pm [news]
A scheduled outage on Wednesday night from 8.30 to 10.30pm will affect access to our eResources including PressDisplay and OverDrive, and the library catalogue will also be affected, and you won't be able to place holds or login to your account. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Biography and Memoir newsletter June 2016
A diverse group of people in this month's batch of biographies.
Fantasy newsletter June 2016
Check out the new fantasy titles and some intriguing classics.
Picture books newsletter June 2016
New picture books and a special section on PANDAS.
Kids’ Books newsletter June 2016
In this issue: Encyclopedias on bugs and Star Wars, all about pi, and recommended reads for Roald Dahl fans.
The power of fiction [blog post]
Roberta wonders...can reading fiction make you a better person?
Lumber on an epic scale [blog post]
Are you as excited about Annie Proulx writing a new novel after 13 years as we are?
Historical Fiction Newsletter June 2016
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including featured titles about Vikings.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Mama (Mum) [blog post]
Ki a Mama, me te aroha nui, na Emakoau. To Mum, with love, from Emakoau.
A Murder in Time - Join OverDrive's latest global eBook club - 23 June to 7 July [blog post]
Big Library Read is back in town. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain. It involves time travel, murder, a clever FBI agent, and the quest for justice and truth. Sounds brilliant, and a bit exhausting! Luckily you will have from 23 June to 7 July to access this eBook. Borrow now!
Hedgehog blog [blog post]
"According to a fantastic New Zealand Geographic article For the love of Hedgehogs by Bob Brockie we can thank a Mr Cunningham from Merivale for our Christchurch hedgehog population as he imported 12 hedgehogs in exchange for 12 weka. "
Guilt and parenting: can you have one without the other? [blog post]
"Childcare and childbirth have long been topics that create debate."
Science Snippets - Breathe Easy [blog post]
There is a different theme for each session and this coming week from Monday 27 June it's Breathe Easy.
Snowfall on Riccarton Road : Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
A photo from Kete Christchurch of snow in 1976.
New titles July 2016 [arrived in June]
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection: CDs, DVDs, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
Nature & Science newsletter June 2016
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.
World Refugee Day - 20 June [blog post]
Find information about refugees in our collection as well as information and resources for refugees.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Oma (run) [blog post]
E oma, e te tau! Run, my darling!
Fiction A to Z newsletter June 2016
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.
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night, 16 June 1816 [blog post]
"On 16 June 1816, trapped inside a villa by insatiable thunderstorms erupting across Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenged his party of young bohemians to a ghost story competition."
National Volunteer Week [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 2016.
Winter Sun, Christchurch Cathedral, 1969 : Kete Christchurch [blog post]
An image from Kete Christchurch.
Science Snippets - Illuminating [blog post]
Science Alive sessions - for the week starting Monday 20 June, the topic is Illuminating.
Lambda Literary Awards - Children's and Young Adults [new]
New page for the award for LGBT books aimed at children and young adults.
Lambda Literary Awards [updated]
Updated with recently announced winners. The Lammys are awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Children's books [blog post]
We have 5 new children's books in Braille by Dorling Kindersley.
Men writing about love [blog post]
First some facts: There is only one male Mills and Boon writer and he writes under his wife's name, and four grudgingly recognised female writers of Westerns.
Introducing Toitoi - your chance to get published [blog post]
We have just subscribed to a fantastic magazine that is for Kiwi kids and by Kiwi kids. Toitoi is a journal for young writers and artists that gives Kiwi kids the chance to submit their own writing and pieces of art to be included in the journal.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Cars, recipes, and science [blog post]
"We don't always equate being a scientist with being a great writer, however Hope Jahren manages to combine both skills to produce a book that has become a surprise bestseller. Lab Girl is a book about work and about love."
Science fiction newsletter June 2016
The latest newsletter has a bunch of new and interesting titles.
Give your family Goosebumps [blog post]
"I was a big fan of the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine when I was a kid. There weren't a lot of scary, horror stories for kids around at that stage so Goosebumps were the go-to books if you wanted to scare yourself a little."
YA reviews: Cosmic, Fault line, and Thicker than water [blog post]
Want the skinny on books? Check out what the Cashmere High School Read and Review Team have to say.
History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter
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.
I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity [blog post]
"Forgiveness is in short supply in this world ... I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity is a gentle memoir about forgiveness and perseverance, set in arguably one of the most unforgiving and hostile environments in the world."
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights 2016 [blog post]
The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights is an annual event of lights, music and fun celebrating the Lyttelton community, Matariki, the Maori New Year and the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. It starts on 18 June and runs until 27 June.
Heroes and Villains Day [Facebook event]
Saturday 25 June at Central Library Peterborough from 1pm to 3pm. Come dressed as your favourite hero or villain and be ready to: create your own superhero mask, search the library for supervillains, boost your superpowers with training activities, colour in your own superhero costume, take part in a communal comic activity ... plus be in to win some great spot prizes!
Shortest fiction on the shortest day: National Flash Fiction Day - Wednesday 22 June [blog post]
The National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) Christchurch event, Flash in the Pan, will be held at Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street on Wednesday 22 June 2016 from 6 to 8pm.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter June 2016
Explore the latest titles - licensed to thrill.
Armchair travel newsletter June 2016
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Science Snippets - Turtle or Tortoise? [blog post]
Science Alive sessions - for the week starting Monday 13 June the topic is Turtle or tortoise?
Christchurch's first Mayor - William 'Cabbage' Wilson [blog post]
"On the 10th June 2016 it will be 148 years since eight councillors unanimously elected the first Mayor of Christchurch. There have been 46 Christchurch mayors, but William 'Cabbage' Wilson was our first."
A literary Matariki [blog post]
"The Matariki cluster, for whatever reason, has fired the imagination for millennia, appearing in poetry and stories since time immemorial. All around the world there are many traditions, legends, and stories based on this cluster of stars."
The International DUBLIN Literary Award 2016
Family Life by Akhil Sharma is the winner of this year's award.
World wide Knit in Public Day [blog post]
Saturday, 18 June is World Wide Knit in Public Day and you are encouraged to do just that. Find out about the Midwinter Woolfeast and Knit around the orbiter.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2016 finalists
Explore the finalists for the best in NZ crime writing.
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"?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ??????. ?? 5? ‘ The Vegetarian’? 2016? Man Booker International Prize The Vegetarian ..."
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies has taken out the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - HELL Children's Choice Award category finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Illustration (Russell Clark Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Te Reo Maori (Te Kura Pounamu Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Young Adult Fiction finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Non-Fiction (Elsie Locke Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Junior Fiction (Esther Glen Award) finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 - Picture Book finalists
Read the finalists in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Recent necrology (May 2016)
We look back at the works of some famous people who died in May.
Win tickets to Disney’s The BFG!!! [blog post]
Here's a competition for library members aged 16 and under. We'd like to see your biggest, friendliest and giant-est hopes and wishes! Pick up an entry form from any library (or download one in PDF here), fill your dream jar and be in to win movie tickets to a special preview of Disney's The BFG on Sunday 26 June, 10.30am at Hoyts Riccarton.
The other two eBook platforms - Askews and Wheelers [blog post]
We are very lucky at Christchurch City Libraries to be blessed with a trinity of eBook platforms. OverDrive, Askews and Wheelers all have their own individual characters and strong points.
Memory bags
Memory bags can be beneficial for people with dementia. The memory bags contain a selection of objects chosen to help stimulate the senses and promote reminiscing and discussion.
Teen scene newsletter June 2016
Stories from a teenage point of view. In this issue: A secret society of time travellers, a mystery disappearance, and recommended urban fantasy novels.
21 today - our website and online catalogue come of age [blog post]
We are celebrating a cool milestone. Our website and online catalogue were launched on that newfangled thing - the World Wide Web - on 7 June 1995. So we are 21 today!
Zac's Favourite Kids Books - June 2016 [blog post]
"I have one of the coolest jobs in the world! As an Outreach Librarian I visit primary, intermediate and secondary schools all over Christchurch to promote the library and spread a love of books. It's my job to get kids enthusiastic about books and reading, and I take a heap of books out to schools to share with kids. Here are just a few of the books that I'll be raving about in June."
Win tickets to Cinema Italiano Festival NZ! [blog post and competition]
Uncork the spumante: the Italian Film Festival is dead - long live Cinema Italiano Festival NZ!
Queen’s Birthday 2016 [blog post]
Monday 6 June is a public holiday on which New Zealand celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Find out more in our blog post.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Panui (read)
He pai ki a koe te paanui pukapuka? Do you like to read books?
Science snippets - Fizzy foamers [blog post]
There is a different theme for each session and this coming week from Monday 6 June it's Fizzy Foamers.
21 today - our website and online catalogue come of age [blog post]
We are celebrating a cool milestone - in an online sense we have come of age. Our website and online catalogue were launched on that newfangled thing - the World Wide Web - on 7 June 1995. So we are 21 today!
Stuff we love: June 2016 [booklist]
The Staff Pickles list heir fave stuff this month.
To tree or not to tree - Arbor Day 5 June [blog post]
Some books for kids about trees and nature to help celebrate Arbor Day and World Environment Day.
The stories behind the letters - The Clarkson family [blog post]
A recent addition to our digital collection: Letters and memorabilia from the Clarkson family. Explore the stories behind the letters.
Petina Gappah on the elusive nature of writers' satisfaction - at Auckland Writers Festival
Masha writes about Petina Gappah - lawyer, writer and mother and deliverer of jokes.
Things that you learn about yourself at a festival - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Roberta reflects on her festival experience and lists her favourite examples of writerly use of the english language.
Superheroes and villains [blog post]
Grab your cape and mask and head to Central Library Peterborough on 25 June for our amazing, superpowered event!
KidsFest 2016 [blog post]
KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 9 to 23 July. Tickets on sale Wednesday 1 June.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Pukapuka (book)
Whakahokia nga pukapuka. Put the books away.
Quotable Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Writers have a way with words - it's their job - and that's what makes them so very quotable. Masha, Moata and Roberta pick their favourite quotes from this year's festival.
Tusiata Avia and Maxine Beneba Clarke on friendship and reading beyond the colour [blog post]
Two poets discover each other through poetry on stage at the Auckland Writers Festival, and what diversity means for writers of colour.
Science Snippets - Matariki [blog post]
The team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Here are some great nonfiction books that we have in the library if you want to learn more about Matariki, the stars, and astronomy.
Bleaker than bleak [blog post]
It's cold and wintry... and so is Hannah Kent's award-winning debut novel of a true crime in 19th century Iceland.
Happy birthday, Christchurch City Libraries! [blog post]
Celebrating 157 years of public libraries in Christchurch. Looking back and looking forward.
Another country? Mainlanders discussing overselves - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Fiona Farrell, Brian Turner and Joe Bennett gather in Auckland to discuss - what makes the South Island different?
Lists for the Listless [blog post]
Karen has been playing with lists in the catalogue and wonders how you fill your For Later shelves.
Frank Worsley - a local hero [blog post]
Akaroa man, Frank Worsley was an adventurer who accompanied Ernest Shackleton on a failed expedition to cross the Antarctic continent.
Name our new facility at Sumner [blog post]
Our new mutli-use facility at Sumner opens next year but we need a name for it. We've got inspiration to help you enter the CCC naming competition.
Janna Levin and a matter of some gravity - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Moata is pleasantly surprised to find that yes, she can understand some things about black holes and gravitational waves thanks to Professor Janna Levin.
Ben Brown - Matariki poetry workshop for teens at Shirley Library [blog post]
Join poet Ben Brown for a young adult poetry writing workshop on Sunday 12 June from 1pm to 3pm at Shirley Library. If you are aged between 12 and 15, come and join us for a Matariki themed workshop with Lyttelton poet, Ben Brown. You can book at Shirley Library or ring 9417923 to reserve a spot.
Friends of the Library [updated]
We've added the May newsletter and information on fhe upcoming AGM, as well as book talks by Peter Fry, Prof Geoff Rice, and Carl Nixon.
Picture books newsletter May 2016
Fun reading for the kids in your life - subscribe to our monthly Picture books newsletter and find out what's new.
Kids' Books May 2016 newsletter
In this issue: Physics with Professor Astro Cat, Lego tips and tricks, the first book in a new fantasty trilogy, and books about athletes.
Don't Panic! I've got my towel and I'm mostly harmless [blog post]
25 May is Towel Day - celebrate the work and life of Douglas Adams and carry a towel with you tomorrow.
Murder in the library - A panel discussion on Wednesday 1 June 6.30pm [blog post]
Booklovers are invited to Murder in the library - A panel discussion - Ngaio Marsh Awards featuring three talented Canterbury authors at South Library, Wednesday 1 June at 6.30pm. This is a free event, but bookings are essential as places are limited.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Morena (good morning) [blog post]
Morena, e Te Rakaherea! Good morning, Te Rakaherea!
Gloria Steinem: Encouraging troublemakers - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Legendary journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem encourages troublemakers at the Auckland Writers Festival.
Historical Fiction May 2016 newsletter
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including the latest novel by the author of "Girl with a pearl earring".
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master
C J Cherryh is the 2015 winner.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Short Story
An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Novella
An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Novelette
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Andre Norton Award
From 2006 the SFWA have presented the Andre Norton Award for an outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book.
SFWA Nebula Awards 2015 - Novel
Shortlist and winner for the 2015 Nebula Award.
Front lines: Michael Grant - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Writer of young adult fiction, Michael Grant, talks about the Gone series, firearms, writers block and his new series set in WWII.
Super sneak preview of next Johnny Danger mission [blog post]
We have an interview with New Zealand children's author, Peter Millett and a sneak preview on the next book in his Johnny Danger series.
Science Snippets - Hidden Gems [blog post]
The team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Here are some great nonfiction books that we have in the library if you want to learn more about gems, rocks and minerals.
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 [blog post]
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival is coming to Christchurch from the 25 to 29 May 2016.
The Battle for Crete [blog post]
This May sees another 75th anniversary from the Second World War with great significance for New Zealand. From 20 May to 1 June 1941 Allied Forces, including the 2nd New Zealand Division, took part in the ultimately unsuccessful but fiercely fought battle for Crete.
Letters and memorabilia, Clarkson family [archives]
A small collection of letters and memorabilia from Frank (William Francis) Clarkson to his sister Margaret Clarkson (Garton), 1918, and a letter written by Emerson Clarkson, Palestine, to his sister Lydia, 1917.
Three sides to every story [blog post]
"They always say there are two sides to a story, but in this case there are three."
W is for wild [blog post]
"For an urban dweller whose forays into the natural world are, more often than not, limited to irregular visits to the beach, walks in the park and working in my demanding garden, Helen Macdonald's memoir H Is for Hawk was a revelation."
UFOs of the crafty kind [blog post]
"UFOs. How they do vex me! ... I'm talking about crafting UFOs. Un-Finished Objects. You know, those projects you start with a hiss and a roar and all sorts of good intentions, but just never seem to get finished. "
"Wear only one interesting piece of clothing at a time" [blog post]
"How to care for jeans? Don't wash them. Dirt is like cool ... and remember that "your cap does not have to match your sneakers".
Jeanette Winterson: The gap of time - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
"2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Winterson's cover version of one his last plays - The Winter's Tale - is both her tribute to Shakespeare, and the fulfilling of a life-long ambition to retell the story of Perdita, the abandoned child in the play.
Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla [blog post]
Out Of The Mountains focuses on how and why the future of guerrilla warfare, terrorism and insurgency will be carried out in dense urban environments.
Kids' eResources [updated]
Our eResources enhance earning, fun and play. They are free, and all you need is your library card number and password / PIN.
The Man Booker International Prize 2016
The Vegetarian by Han Kang is this year's winner of the Man Booker International Prize.
Jean-Christophe Rufin: Walking your way to happiness - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
"Two thousand people packed the ASB theatre at the Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday to hear Jean-Christophe Rufin (co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and former French Ambassador to Senegal) talk about walking.
Biography and memoir newsletter May 2016
Explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Fiction A to Z newsletter May 2016
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.
Fantasy newsletter May 2016
Get a bit more fantasy in your month - subscribe to our monthly Fantasy newsletter and find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors.
International Dylan Thomas Prize 2016
The International Dylan Thomas Prize is presented by Swansea University to published authors in the English language under the age of 39. This year's winner is Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter.
Marlon James - the author who just comes in and is cool - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Tell it slant - Steve Braunias, Joan Fleming, Vivian Gornick and Chris Price at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
The authenticity and secret obsessions of John Boyne - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Different kinds of adulthoods - Hanya Yanagihara and Paula Hawkins at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
"Herstory"in history - Barbara Brookes at Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Auckland Writers Festival - how to do it on the cheap
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Setting the Kiwi murder scene - Steve Braunias at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Back to back greatness at the Auckland Writers Festival - Herman Koch and Jane Smiley
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
First full day of festivalling - Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [audio]
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
The odd woman and the city ... and me - Vivian Gornick at the Auckland Writers Festival
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Susie Orbach and feminist issues - Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Creativity and Craziness - Jeanette Winterson and Susie Orbach at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
The State of America - Janna Levin, Gloria Steinem, and Thomas Mallon at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Festival love, exciting and new [audio]
The latest #AWF16 reviews from our team of librarians.
Liz Pichon: "Drawing, writing, painting - I have the best job in the world!" [interview]
An interview with author and artist Liz who is at #AWF16.
True tales of the festival [blog post]
Words and audio from #AWF16.
Setting the Kiwi murder scene [blog post]
Steve Braunias at the Auckland Writers Festival. #awf16
I'm with the band - stories about music and musicians [booklist]
A collection of young adult books featuring music and musicians. These books show us the impact of music on our lives.
Science Snippets - Sounds Sensational! [blog post]
Here's books and eResources related to sound - to tie in with next week's Science snippets in libraries.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2016
What's on at libraries for Samoan Language Week from 29 May.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa [updated]
Explore our Samoan language resources.
Science Alive! [updated]
Find out about Science Snippets in the library.
Social media 1860s style - The logbooks of Joseph Munnings [blog post]
"I'm fairly certain that when Joseph Munnings wrote an account of his daily life he couldn’t foresee that it would be available for public scrutiny 150 years later - or that it would be of interest to anyone else. But it is. We are very fortunate to have the digitised copies of his Log Books that date from May 1862 to November 1866 available for us to have a sneak peek into his world."
History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter
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.
Home, Garden and DIY: picks from our latest newsletter
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.
Jane Smiley - "Important things are happening" [blog post]
At the Christchurch Art Gallery, a keen group of contemporary fiction fans gathered to hear American author Jane Smiley talk about her life, her books and her love of "playing" with fiction. Jane appeared at this WORD Christchurch event with thanks to the Auckland Writers Festival.
Popular Culture picks from our latest newsletter
Our Popular Culture newsletter has selected new reads from the worlds of television, music, sport and film and featured favourites you might have missed.
Sharon Holt: Teaching a taonga [interview]
For a number of years now a teacher turned writer named Sharon Holt has been producing a series of te reo Maori singalong books for children. These beautifully illustrated stories show Kiwi kids at play and offer an opportunity for children, teachers and parents to increase their te reo Maori skills through story and music.
Matariki - Maori New Year - 2016 [blog post]
Matariki - the Maori New Year - will take place on Pipiri 6 June 2016. Our theme for Matariki 2016 is Akoranga: Teaching and learning - Te Kete Aronui: Third kete of knowledge
Auckland Writers Festival 2016 [booklist]
Titles by writers appearing at AWF 2016. A list of recommended reads for the festival. A Staff Pickles list.
Captain Anthony Wilding - Wimbledon champion, killed in action 9 May 1915 [blog post]
Captain Anthony Wilding was the first and - so far - the only New Zealander to win a Wimbledon championship. He was killed aged 31 during the Battle of Aubers Ridge at Neuve Chapelle in northern France, and is buried in Rue-des-Berceaux military cemetery at Pas-de-Calais, France.
Auckland Writers Festival 2016
Find out more about Auckland Writers Festival which starts this week.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter May 2016
Explore the latest titles and recommended picks.
New Zealand Sign Language Week 2016 [blog post]
Come along and celebrate NZSL week with a storytime with a difference - stories, rhymes and songs will be spoken and signed.
Introducing your Auckland Writers Festival 2016 angels [blog post]
"This week the Auckland Writers Festival 2016 begins (10-15 May) and again Christchurch City Libraries is sending a crack team of librarians up to the Big Smoke to absorb, experience and share the excitement of being in the midst of great writers of all kinds."
If you like picture books about music [booklist]
If you like reading picture books about making music and lots of noise then you''l like these stories.
If you like stories about music [booklist]
We recoimmend books for kids about music.
Top of the web - April 2016 [blog post]
We explore what Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.
A new eGem: Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture, 1790-1920
This digital archive covers a broad examination of crime and culture in the 19th and early 20th century.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - 2016 shortlist
Explore the 2016 shortlist (titles published in 2014).
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - nominations
Here are the titles nominated by Christchurch City Libraries for this famous literary prize.
The Gig Guide: May to July 2016 [blog post]
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?
Interview with M.G. Leonard about Beetle Boy [blog post]
Zackids asks the author of new kids book 'Beetle boy' about her favourite beetles, inspiration, and good names for henchmen.
Know thyself: the Treaty of Waitangi Collection [blog post]
One of our most recent eResource additions to the library is the Treaty of Waitangi Collection, a platform bringing together some of the vital writings on the Treaty and the Waitangi Tribunal.
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New titles May 2016
All the CDs, DVDs, eAudiobooks, eBooks, fiction, non-fiction, large prints, and stuff for kids and teens that arrive in libraries during April.
Teenage topics on Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference [blog post]
One of our latest offerings is a variety of electronic reference books that address teen concerns.
Teen scene newsletter
In this issue: A modern take on Hamlet, life inside a cult, a tale from Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, and books featuring young athletes.
Beetle Boy - A mystery that will really bug you [blog post]
"One of the best books I've read recently is all about beetles."
Confessions of a Jane Smiley groupie [blog post]
"I'm a great fan of Jane Smiley. I came across her in the late 90s when I read Moo and was impressed by her ability to write about issues confronting contemporary humanity - in this case how agribusiness was impacting on academia - with a quick wit and a writer's eye that can spot hypocrisy at a hundred paces.
New Zealand Geographic Archive says my brain is safe! [blog post]
The archive gives you access to award winning local content covering New Zealand's places, people, wildlife and environment. The searchable content comes in the form of stories and images from 25 years of New Zealand Geographic and video ranging from 2 minute short films to multi-part one hour series.
The Family Tree rant [blog post]
"This is a rant about books - usually family sagas - in which the relationships between characters cannot be understood without reference to comprehensive family trees."
The End of Black Sabbath’s touring [blog post]
Black Sabbath is touring the world for the last time. It's appropriately called The End. We've got resources for fans.
Cosplay and Comics at Papanui Library [blog post]
Love reading and drawing your own comics? Then get yourself signed up for our free comic drawing workshop at Papanui Library with Spencer Hall, artist/cartoonist on Saturday 21 May.
Watch out everyone! Here comes Cat [blog post]
This delightful series of picture books about a grumpy cat who needs to learn how to behave makes for fun family reading.
Kids' books newsletter April 2016
In this issue: Anzac heroes, a wild robot, horsey crafts, and a family of adventuring rats, plus a collection of stories told through poetry.
Headscarves and hymens: Why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution [blog post]
Ben gains a new appreciation for feminism after reading Mona Eltahawy's book about women's rights in the Middle East.
Halswell Heroes [blog post]
Find out about the WWI soldiers named on the Halswell War Memorial.
Historical Fiction newsletter April 2016
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including novels set in circuses and sideshows.
A Life in Pictures by Michael Foreman [blog post]
A look at this book by a much loved children's illustrator and author.
Earthquake recovery information [updated]
Updated with information on new post-CERA organisations.
Some portraits of First World War service [blog post]
We have added to our collection a series of photos of local men who served in the First World War. Some link to biographies on Kete Christchurch.
Ngaio Marsh and Shakespeare [blog post]
A look at Ngaio Marsh as a director of Shakespeare's plays.
NZ Music Month 2016 [blog post]
Celebrate New Zealand music throughout May with Christchurch City Libraries - there's a lovely batch of NZ Music Month events at your libraries.
Ways to think about the bottom line [blog post]
Colleen introduces two new eResources - The Economist Historical Archive, 1843 to 2012 and Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888 to 2010.
Where have all the young men gone? [blog post]
Spot the famous actors in kids DVDs ...
Joseph Munnings diary May 1862 to May 1864 [digital collection]
Joseph Munnings worked as a farm labourer, carter, and storekeeper. Referring to his diaries as logbooks, he wrote about the weather, his work, leisure time and social activities.
Veteran stories of World War Two [digital collection]
Six biographies of Canterbury veterans of World War II by Kim Newth.
First World War portraits [digital collection]
A collection of portraits of those who served during the First World War.
Some portraits of First World War service [blog post]
We have added to our collection a series of photos of local men who served in the First World War. Each portrait links to a short biography of the man.
Fiction A to Z newsletter April 2016
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter.
Escape into a good book these holidays [blog post]
The school holidays are the perfect time to come to the library, grab a stack of books, find a nice comfy spot and loose yourself in a story. Whether you are going away on holiday or staying home there is no better companion than a good book.
Nature and Science newsletter April 2016
Titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous world we live in.
The BBC Video Collection warms our dark nights [blog post]
Watch documentaries on our new eResource.
Biography and memoir newsletter April 2016
Browse our latest batch of bios.
Fantasy newsletter April 2016
Explore our latest fantasy titles, including a bunch of steampunk.
God moves on the water [blog post]
Explore music about the sinking of the Titanic.
Children's Nonfiction Animal Books [booklist]
A selection of recent children's non-fiction books about animals.
Children's fiction about animals [booklist]
A sampling of top new books about animals.
Animal picture books [booklist]
A small selection of new titles from the many picture books about animals that arrive in our libraries.
Animals at the library [blog post]
Our holiday theme is animals - find out what resources we have in our collection to help kids find out more about animals.
The Man Booker International Prize [updated]
Updated with the shortlisted titles for the 2016 prize.
Striking gold: Sporting achievement admist political turmoil [blog post]
An interview with the author of a new book about New Zealand at the controversial 1976 Montreal Olympics and the chance to win a copy of the book.
The Stranglers [blog post]
The Stranglers are in New Zealand touring and are playing in Christchurch. Find out more about this British band popular in the 1970s/80s.
Records and record labels [booklist]
A selection of books about the music industry, records, and record labels. A Staff Pickles list.
Vinyl: Celebrating records and record labels [blog post]
While we're celebrating music for Record Store Day, it is worth highlighting related stuff in the Christchurch City Libraries collection.
Record Store Day - Saturday 16 April 2016 [blog post]
Here's what is happening in Christchurch for Record Store Day.
Literature, culture, economics, and history anyone? [blog post]
These four wee beauties are online portals to authoritative information about a huge range of subjects. They were on trial and were popular enough to be made permanent residents of our collection.
Messing with my comfort zone [blog post]
"Do you keep getting told (like it was a good thing) to "get out of your comfort zone", or is that just happening to me?
Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury 2016 [blog post]
Monday 25 April 2016 is Anzac Day. All our libraries will be closed on this public holiday. Read our page on Anzac Day and Gallipoli to find out more about this commemoration.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople vs Country Calendar? [blog post]
Last Sunday night I was at Alice's Cinema watching Hunt for the Wilderpeople, while Saturday night I was at home watching Country Calendar!
First National Council of Women, Christchurch, 1896 [blog post]
An historic meeting of New Zealand women took place in Christchurch 120 years ago today.
The Christchurch City Draft Annual Plan [blog post]
Fnd out how the library can help you make a submission.
19th Century UK Periodicals [eResource]
Access 19th Century UK Periodicals to view a collection of often rare online British magazines, journals and specialty newspapers that aim to provide an in-depth view of life in the Victorian age.
The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive [eResource]
The Times Literary Supplement (1902 to 2011) is the only literary weekly to offer comprehensive coverage of the most important publications as well as reviewing theatre, cinema, music and exhibitions.
The Listener Historical Archive [eResource]
Access to the fully searchable Listener Historical Archive. 1929 to 1991.The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC to reproduce and expand on the content of its broadcast and television talks.
The Economist Historical Archive [eResource]
Access to the fully searchable Economist Historical Archive 1843 tp 2012. The Economist has been highly regarded for providing independent global, economic and political analysis since its first publication in 1843.
The Independent Digital Archive {eResource)
Access to the fully digitised and searchable copy of The Independent 1986 to 2012, a major British daily national newspaper launched in 1986 to provide a more centrist point of view in the face of more politicized rivals.
BBC Video Collection [eResource]
Access Alexander Street's BBC Video Collection of documentaries on topics that span multiple subjects, such as history, anthropology, science, religion, health sciences and art.
Photos [Flickr]
The latest photos added to Flickr include an Elsie Locke display at Central Library Peterborough.
Have your say about Te Hapua: Halswell Centre [survey]
We'd like to know how well we've met your expectations, and learn what things we can improve. Please fill out this quick survey and have your say. We'd love to hear your opinions and ideas.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter April 2016
A pick of the new thrillers on our shelves this month.
Armchair travel newsletter April 2016
A selection of new and interesting travel-related titles.
Stuff we love: April 2016
The Staff Pickles select their favourite reads and watches for April.
Anzac Day and Gallipoli: 25 April [updated]
Links to library information and events around Anzac Day 2016.
Have your say about Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
Our newest library facility is now 4 months old. Is it everything you hoped it would be and more? Let us know by filling out an online survey.
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Recent necrology March 2016 [blog post]
We look back at some well-known people who died in March.
Science fiction newsletter
Is there Life on Mars? Yup, there is. The latest in sci fi including a special section on Martians.
Things to do in the school holidays - April 2016 [blog post]
We've got some ideas of what to do in the upcoming school hols (they start on 18 April).
World Autism Awareness Day [blog post]
The 2nd of April was World Autism Awareness Day.
Top of the web - March 2016 [blog post]
Find out what was popular on our websites and social media last month.
Edible Book Competition 2016 [photos]
Photos from the 4th annual Edible Book Competition at Ara Library.
Cool Stuff from the Selectors: Fiction Picks [blog post]
A selection of interesting fiction titles handpicked by our selectors.
Christmas traditions and amigurumi [blog post]
"Every year, I make each of the kids a handmade gift. I didn't even know that they'd noticed, or cared particularly until two Christmases ago ..."
Happy 10th birthday, Upper Riccarton Library [blog post]
Upper Riccarton Community and School Library is ten years old. It's a special place, bringing together the locals with Riccarton High School and Christchurch City Libraries.
Cool stuff from the selectors: Design, birds and the never ending fascination of the Kennedys [blog post]
Jane shares some picks from our selectors.
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Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Aroha (love) [blog post]
Ka nui taku aroha mou, e te tau! I love you very much, darling!
Youth health services in Christchurch [updated]
New address information.
Teen Scene newsletter April 2016
In this issue: A future-noir thriller, romance blossoms through literature, and novels featuring poets and poetry.
Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople [blog post]
Moata reviews the latest comedy hit from Taika Waititi based on a Barry Crump novel.
Lyttelton Anglican Cemetery [new]
Location, brief history and tips on locating burial information
New photos
We have added photos of street art displays, and some photos of Upper Riccarton ten years ago.
Fendalton Houses of 1920s and 1930s - the Glue brothers [updated]
Find out about some of the beautiful houses built by the Glue Brothers.
Margaret Mahy and the importance of childhood reading [blog post]
Masha explores the magic of Margart Mahy.
Te Kupu o te wiki [blog post]
Today's kupu is Kakahu moe (pyjamas/nightwear).
Mobile Library not at Sumner [news]
Sorry but there is no Mobile Library at Sumner. The van will be at Cashmere View retirement village and Mt Pleasant School this afternoon.
Historical fiction newsletter March 2016
See our selection of new and interesting historical fiction.
Things we LOVE about poet Anis Mojgani [blog post]
Kim and Masha sing the praises of poet Anis.
New titles April 2016
Our latest new books, CDs, DVDs, large print, eBooks, talking books, eAudiobook, stuff for kids and teens ... hot off the press.
The babes in the wood [blog post]
"The book group theme for February just has to have been The Babes in the Wood with all our reads having innocence/naivety central to their stories".
Municipal Chambers [updated]
This distinctive Queen Anne style building at the corner of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Street was erected in 1887 as the Christchurch City Council Chambers and functioned as the centre of local government until 1924.
Leaving the Red Zone: An Anthology of Earthquake Poetry [blog post]
"The anthology was launched on Monday 29 February at The Laboratory pub in Lincoln and the launch was extremely well attended. "
Web outage on Wednesday 23 March [news]
A scheduled outage for five minutes between 5.30 and 6.30am on Wednesday 23 March will affect access to our websites christchurchcitylibraries.com, heritage.christchurchcitylibraries.com, The Pulse, and the Pharos payment gateway.
Anis Mojgani [photos]
Poet Anis Mojgani in performance at the Christchurch Art Gallery, a WORD Christchurch event.
Fantasy newsletter March 2016
Explore a selection of our new fantasy titles.
Picture books newsletter March 2016
Find some fun new reads for the kids in your life.
The Independent Digital Archive 1986 to 2012 [eResource]
Access to the fully digitised and searchable copy of The Independent, a major British daily national newspaper launched in 1986 to provide a more centrist point of view in the face of more politicized rivals.
Access Video [eResource]
Access thousands of streaming world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject. More titles are added monthly.
A sum up of NZ Festival Writers Week [blog post]
Find out about the authors who took the stage at Writers Week.
Anthony Wilding [updated]
Our page on tennis player Anthony Wilding who died in the First World War.
Kids' books newsletter March 2016
In this issue: Pirates, magic and all about space and the solar system, as well as featured books on the theme of trees and forests.
Welcome Access Video! [blog post]
New in eResources: Access thousands of streaming world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, & helpful instructional videos.
Which of these writers is a Great Kiwi Classic? [blog post]
One of four legendary Kiwi writers will be this year's Great Kiwi Classic. Make your pick and you could be a winner too!
A to Z Fiction March 2016 newsletter
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section and discover reads to engage and enlighten including a selection of novels in which animals are important characters.
Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist
See the books in the running for the 2016 Kate Greenaway shortlist.
Carnegie Medal shortlist
See the books in the running for the 2016 Carnegie Medal.
CWA Diamond Dagger
Peter James is the 2016 winner, see our previous winners.
Biography and Memoir newsletter March 2016
Explore our latest biographiies - from Jon Stewart to Diana Athill.
Easter 2016
Find out about the library opening hours over Easter and more Easter related information.
Mobile Libraries [photos]
Photos of mobile libraries, now and then.
Under 5 storytime at Margaret Mahy Playground
Come down to the Margaret Mahy playground on the following Fridays - 18 March, 15 April, 29 May, and enjoy stories, rhymes, song and bubbles with Katie from Central Library Peterborough! The mobile library will be parked up by the flying fox between 9 am and 11 am and offering borrowing and membership services. Rain or shine expect a great time.
Biography and Memoir newsletter March 2016
The latest biographies and memoirs, hot off the press.
St Patrick's Day for kids [updated]
Updated with further resources about St Patrick's Day and Ireland.
St Patrick's Day [updated]
Updated with further resources about St Patrick's Day and Ireland.
Armageddon Pop Culture Expo, 2016 [photos]
Pictures from day 2 of Armageddon Expo, Sunday, 13 March 2016.
A new chapter: An interview with Anis Mojgani
Performance poet Anis Mojgani is coming to town this week courtesy of WORD Christchurch. He is performing at the Wunderbar in Lyttelton on Thursday 17 March, and at the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday 19 March. Librarian fans Kim and Masha asked Anis some questions, thanks Anis for your fab answers!
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter March 2016
Check out the latest thrillers in our collection.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Pikitia (picture) [blog post]
Tirohia teenei pikitia aataahua! Look at this beautiful picture!
Cats and Kalashnikovs - the Big Bargain Book Sale is on and it's awesome [blog post]
Our Big Bargain Book Sale was on Friday and Saturday.
American Sniper is our Big Library Read [blog post]
OverDrive has made the title American Sniper its Big Library Read and it will be available in both eBook and eAudiobook format from 17 March until 31 March 2016. You can put your holds on the eBook or eAudiobook now, and you'll be notified when it is available.
Recent necrology, February 2016 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including Martin Crowe, Umberto Eco and Dr Ranginui Walker.
Armageddon is coming! [blog post]
It's not the end of the world - it's Christchurch's annual pop culture fest, and Rose has recommended reading and her picks of the event.
OverDrive has gone all multilingual [blog post]
We have added a number of titles in other languages. So far there are a number of eBook titles in Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.
Having computer problems? We can help [blog post]
Find out about our computer drop in sessions all over Christchurch.
History and Current Events Newsletter March 2016
n this issue: How the "spin machine" influences American politics, China's one child policy, and political stories conveyed via the Graphic Novel.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter March 2016
In this issue: Plus-size sewing patterns, upcycling wooden pallets, creating a bee-friendly garden, and animal head "trophies" to crochet.
Popular Culture newsletter March 2016
The stories of famous musicans who died at the age of 27, tattoo street style, the art of The Force Awakens, and a raft of celebrity memoirs.
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards [finalists]
We've updated our page with the category finalists.
A tool you need: Publications Finder [blog post]
"The best place to start is with Publications Finder where you can search or browse most of Christchurch City Libraries eResource full text and open access publications. Journals, magazines and newspapers are all here in their full text glory for you to explore."
Stuff we love: March 2016 [booklist]
The Staff Pickles share their favourites of the month.
Women [booklist]
A selection of books for International Women's Day #iwd2016.
Fiercely hopeful and in love - Anis Mojgani [blog post]
Poet Anis Mojgani is performing in Lyttelton on 17 March and at the Christchurch Art Gallery on 19 March.
Learning Centre holiday programmes April 2016 [PDF]
Explore our upcoming holiday programmes - Beebots, 3D tinker design, and more.
Learning Centre holiday programmes April 2016
Explore our upcoming holiday programmes - Beebots, 3D tinker design, and more.
?? ??? ??? ?? ???! [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries has added 200 Korean eBook titles for children and adults to OverDrive.
Five Comics You Should Read (March 2016) [booklist]
Malcolm's picks of what's good in comics this month.
Cockroach cuisine [blog post]
Are crickets, cockroaches and grubs the key to sustainable living? Roberta's recent reading reckons they should be on the menu.
3D printing and makerspaces [updated]
We have added information on Fab Lab Chch to our pages on makerspaces.
Christchurch music [updated]
We've updated our page on Christchurch music and venues.
Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award 2016
Barbara Else, award-winning Wellington writer and literary agent, has won the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award 2016.
Identity and race in young adult fiction [blog post]
Ahh, who doesn't love heartbreaking books about family, racism and explosions? No? Just me? In a follow up to my previous post about race in YA fiction, I've had to add three more outstanding books to my Bibliocommons list. Not all of them are super upsetting, I promise!
Happy birthday, Dr Seuss! [blog post]
The writer that we all grew to know and love as Dr Seuss was Theodor Seuss Geisel, born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Big Bargain Book Sale newsletter
Our famous book sale will be held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. Friday 11 March, 9am to 7pm and Saturday 12 March, 9am to 4pm.
Top of the web February 2016
Our monthly look at what was popular on the library web.
Children's Day 2016
Children's Day will be held on Sunday 6 March at Spencer Park.
Ranginui Walker: Teller of truths [blog post]
"His contribution to our understanding of ourselves as a country cannot be overstated. His 1990 history of New Zealand from a Maori perspective, Ka whawhai tonu matou: Struggle without end (along with Michael King's The Penguin history of New Zealand) is a must read for anyone interested in how New Zealand came to be the place it is."
Author talk - Nicolas Fargues
Author talk night with Nicolas Fargues, writer in residence at the Randell Cottage. Nicolas Fargues is a renowned French author who has published ten books. Nicolas is coming to Christchurch thanks to Alliance Francaise.
Orange Chair event at Parklands Library - Brent Ruru
Have you put your goals and dreams on ice? Hear Brent Ruru, Christchurch adventurer, minimalist, motivational speaker and author of Re-Kindle You: dream design do: from goal setting to goal getting and be inspired to make time for what matters most to you.
Chinese New Year 2016 [photos]
View our photos from Hagley Park.
Meeting rooms and facilities at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
Find out about the meeting and event spaces for hire at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
Teen Scene newsletter March 2016
In this issue: Satirical hijinks with an out-of-control teen celeb, an alien race threatens Earth, and stories with a magical theme.
Lactivism [blog post]
Ben reviews a book by political scientist, Courtney Jung, on the politicisation of breastfeeding campaigning. What are the motivations of lobbyists and the wider issues?
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Ringaringa (hands) [blog post]
Horoia o ringaringa. Wash your hands.
New Titles March 2016
Our lists of the latest books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, CDs, DVDs, stuff for kids and teens, Large Print etc.
Top science books for kids [booklist]
Geni McCallum of Science Alive!picks her top science reads for kids.
"Science is about doing" - an interview with Geni McCallum of Science Alive!
Kids getting excited about science is a wonderful thing. Thanks to Geni McCallum, Marketing Manager and Community Educator at Science Alive! for answering our questions ahead of next week's Under 5 Science Fest.
Holi: Celebrating life, love, and colour [blog post]
Holi is an annual celebration and Hindu religious festival that originates in India. Here's how you can get involved in Christchurch.
Kids books newsletter February 2016
In this month's issue: All about dodos, edible science, and fabulous fantasy stories, including one about a Hamster Princess!
Fun day Sundays at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre [blog post]
Join the More FM crew at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre for fun family activities. Sign up for a library card and you could win a free pool pass!
Armageddon Expo - 12 and 13 March
The Armageddon Expo brings together comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, stars of film and TV, and lots more. The 2016 event in Christchurch takes place on Saturday 12 March and Sunday 13 March at the Horncastle Arena.
All about women - Sunday 6 March [blog post]
Just before International Women's Day, WORD Christchurch in association with Sydney Opera House and UC Arts brings you All about women. Tickets are $15 and include afternoon tea and a $5 UBS voucher.
International Women's Day 8 March
Find out about this day, and our feminist reading and resources.
Canterbury Japan Day
Explore the Japanese resources in our collection.
Five years: 22 February 2016 in pictures [blog post]
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Huu (shoes) [blog post]
Wetekina o huu. Take off your shoes.
Historical Fiction Newsletter February 2016
An 18th century woman scientist, a 13th century mystic and a novel about elderly author, Thomas Hardy - rivetting stories from times past.
What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream? [blog post]
Covers of books by Umberto Eco who died last week. "Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told."
Canterbury Japan Day - Sunday 6 March 2016 [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 2016 it will take place from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 6 March at Riccarton Park Function Centre, Riccarton Racecourse.
LYFE - Linwood Youth Festival Experience [updated]
Details of this year's LYFE festival in Linwood Park on 5 March 2016.
If you like...dinosaur stories for kids [booklist]
If you like reading books about dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures then you'll like these stories. A Christchurch City Libraries list.
Calling all preschool scientists [blog post]
The Science Alive Under 5 Fest is on again, 1-7 March, and is a fun event for young, enquiring minds.
Calling all Book Fiends to the library book sale [blog post]
The Annual Christchurch City Library Book Sale is on again. It's book buying time again. Yeehah! Diary 11th and 2th March and remember the tables are constantly reloaded, so going after work doesn't mean you miss out. On Friday, they close at 7 pm.
Commemorative events - Monday 22 February 2016 [blog post]
The fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 quake is on Monday 22 February. There are events on for the community to come together and reflect, and remember.
Listen to a selection of nominees for the Grammy Award [blog post]
You may think the Grammy Award is all about D'Angelo and Taylor Swift, but wait there is more!
Listen to the Grammy nominated CD from the NZSO [blog post]
The NZSO was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. A recording of works by Chinese composer Zhou Long and the Symphony 'Humen 1839', written in collaboration with compatriot Chen Yi, was in the running for this prestigious prize. Singaporean Darrell Ang conducts the recording, which is released on the Naxos label.
Biography and Memoirs newsletter February 2016
Have a look at the latest biographies.
Fantasy newsletter February 2016
Have a look at the latest fantasy titles.
Bullying
Advice for teens on dealing with bullying.
School tips for teens
Info on transport, study, and how to get help if you need it.
Getting your driver's licence
All you need to know about learning to drive a car or motorcycle.
Cycling [updated]
Updated links to cycling groups and initiatives in Christchurch.
Nature and Science February 2016 newsletter
In this issue: The science behind the success of scam artists, the world on the brink of mass extinction, and books about endangered places.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Kainga (home) [blog post]
Me hoki ki te kaainga. Let's return [go back] home.
Fiction A to Z February 2016 newsletter
Picks of what's new in general fiction and featured titles for fans of TV's 'Empire'.
Status of libraries - Monday 15 February 2015
Here is an update on our libraries and their opening following the earthquake on Sunday 14 February. It will be updated further as news comes to hand.
Hey there, Georgy girl [blog post]
Roberta sings the praises of the writer Margaret Forster, who died recently.
Simplified or Retold Classics for Children [booklist]
Christchurch City Libraries has some great retellings (in easier language) of some of the great classics of literature.
Reading Chaucer to children [blog post]
The Canterbury Tales to children, seriously? Yes, and here is why.
Sparks 2016 [updated]
Find out the music that'll be played at Sparks in Hagley Park on Saturday night (13 Feb).
Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War exhibition [blog post]
The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa has put together a travelling exhibition: Heartlanders New Zealanders of The Great War. This free exhibition will be touring the South Island and will be in Christchurch on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February in Market Square, The Arts Centre.
Valentine's Day
Our page on the origins of St Valentine and Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day [booklist]
Some romantic reads for Valentine's Day.
The gig guide - February to April 2016 [blog post]
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.
Services for the visually impaired [blog post]
Some information from the Blind Foundation and us about accessibility and resources for the visually impaired.
Golf and the NZ Women's Open
We look back at some old pics of women playing golf, and explore the library's golfing resources.
The art of commuter cycling [blog post]
What's so great about commuter cycling? Heaps of things! With suggested resources for the cycling-curious.
Top of the web - January 2016 [blog post]
Our monthly look at what was popular on the library web.
Open for business - Lara Strongman, Christchurch Art Gallery [interview]
We talk with senior curator Lara about the reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter February 2016
Murders and mysteries around the world in this month's selection of new thrillers.
Armchair Travel newsletter February 2016
America, India, England - and a special focus on Paris in this month's newsletter for the geographically-inclined.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Christchurch City Libraries [blog post]
Our 2016 Year of the Monkey celebrations at Christchurch City Libraries are underway!
Recent necrology, January 2016
Some well-known people who have died recently including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Terry Wogan.
History and Current Events February 2016 newsletter
In this issue: Behind the scenes at No. 10 Downing St, how the Portuguese built an empire, and new nationalism in Putin's Russia.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Kata (laugh)
kata laugh He aha koe e kata naa, e te tau? Why are you laughing, my darling?
eResources for those facing the return to school! [blog post]
Colleen explores the best of eResources for teens.
Abandoned places & Bio art: Cool picks from the selectors [blog post]
Some highlights of our latest new non-fiction books.
The gift of failure [blog post]
"It is hard to believe, but recent research is emphatic - we learn our best and most important lessons from our failures and not from our successes".
Christchurch place names [updated]
New and updated information on the history of streets and places in Christchurch.
3D printing and maker spaces
Find out about the ways you can use these new technologies at our libraries.
The Learning Centre at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
Find out about the technology available at our newest learning centre.
January 2016 - Dan's picks [booklist]
A list of beaut reading, listening and viewing stuff that Dan has been enjoying in the month of January.
February 2016 customer newsletter
Our quarterly newsletter highlights Waitangi Day, Science Alive and lots more.
Science fiction February 2016 newsletter
New this month includes Ben Bova and Cassandra Clarke.
Teen Scene February 2016 newsletter
A wordless graphic novel, a new series for fantasy fans, and books about break-ups - all in this month's newsletter.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Tatari (wait) [blog post]
Tatari mai i kona, e te tau. Wait there, my darling.
What was popular in 2015? [blog post]
Our annual review of the most popular items in our collection, from eBooks and eAudiobooks to children's, adults, and teens fiction which books are library borrowers reading the most?
eResources Discovery Search - all you need to know [blog post]
Colleen introduces you to eResources Discovery Search. This allows you to access to most of our eResource collection, articles, eBooks, journals, photographs and more, through a single simultaneous search at a single access point.
Sick bags and bedspreads: New titles from our Literature Selector [blog post]
The Bloomsbury set just keep on delivering ...
2016?? ??? ? ?? ?? ???? [blog post]
3D modelling
A step-by-step guide to making 3D plans and models.
Science Alive 2016
We've updated our page with info on this afterschool programme at ten libraries.
The Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi [updated]
Explore our pages about the Treaty then and now.
Kids' Treaty Zone [updated]
We've updated our page for kids on the Treaty of Waitangi, as Waitangi Day draws near.
In which Katherine indulges her weakness for Lord Byron [blog post]
Katherine sings the praises of a young adult urban fantasy set in Regency London, that stars Lord Byron.
The waywardness of the holiday reader [blog post]
Roberta boarded the plane at the start of the hols with lists of Books That Must Be Read Now That I have The Time and stepped off QF139 a month later with a suitcase full of Books That Happened Quite By Chance.
The Costa Book Awards 2015
We've listed the winners of these prestigious British book awards.
Temporary Lyttelton Library to open [news release]
Lyttelton Library in London Street will close for earthquake repairs and refurbishment this Saturday 30 January at 1pm. Over the next two weeks, library staff and volunteers from the Lyttelton community will move the library to its new temporary location at Trinity Hall in the Lyttelton Recreation Centre in Winchester Street. The temporary Lyttelton Library will open for business on Monday 15 February at 10am.
Starting school [updated]
Resources to help get your child ready to start school, and to assist in choosing a school.
Building literacy skills at home (updated)
Helping your child to learn to read is not just about skills, it's also about enjoyment, encouragement and developing confidence. Have fun!
A history of Christchurch City Libraries [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries has grown from a single room opened at the city's Mechanics Institute in 1859 to today's network including a mobile library and a digital library.
Orphanages (Family History guide) [updated]
Additional information about accessing historical records from local church-run orphanages.
Kids' Books January 2016 newsletter
In this month's Kids' Books: Ruffleclaw the shampoo-eating monster, the spaceships of Star Wars, and award-winning children's titles to try.
Biography and memoir newsletter January 2016
Explore some of the newest bios in our collection - from Beyonce to Albert Speer.
Picture books newsletter January 2016
Explore a selection of the latest picture books in our collection.
New titles February 2016
Here's the latest stuff that has arrived this month - CDs, DVDs, eAudiobooks, eBooks, fiction,, non-fiction, large print, stuff for kids and teens.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Awhina (help/assist) [blog post]
Maku koe e awhina. I will help you.
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury - Saturday 6 February 2016 [blog post]
All the information on local events and celebrations for Waitangi Day, Saturday 6 February.
Historical Fiction January 2016 Newsletter
From 13th century Sri Lanka to ancient Rome and Victorian London - rivetting stories from times past.
Off the shelf (3) [blog post]
Robyn reviews books that have recently transitioned off her For Later shelf. This time it's portraiture and stylish interiors
Maker space at Parklands Library [photos]
Kids maker space activities at Parklands Library.
Go fly a kite
Information and inspiration for Kite day, Saturday 30 January.
Waitangi Day and weekend hours 2016 [news]
All Christchurch City Libraries branches will be closed on Saturday 6 February. They will be open normal hours on Sunday. Fendalton, Te Hapua: Halswell, Shirley, South, and library phone service will be open from 10am to 4pm on Monday 8 February (all other libraries will be closed).
Stuff we love [January 2016]
Here's some music, DVDs, and books that the Staff Pickles recommend this month.
Spectrum Street Art Festival [photos]
We have added some images from the exhibition at the YMCA.
Ngaio Marsh House [photos]
We've added some pics of Ngaio Marsh House in Cashmere.
Margaret Mahy Collection display [photos]
Pics from a display at Central Library Peterborough.
Te Kupu o te Wiki - Heke (to descend) [blog post]
E heke, e te tau! Get down, my darling!
Fiction A to Z January 2016 newsletter
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter. This month includes a selection of titles by first time authors.
Ohinetahi [updated]
Updated information on the historic house in Governors Bay, including the meaning of the name and earthquake damage and repairs.
A Scottish Arcadia [blog post]
A book about a garden that you'll enjoy even if you don't like gardening. The story of Linn Botanic Gardens has drawn Jane in.
Tomorrow is another day [blog post]
Is Scarlett O'Hara misunderstood? We argue she is a flawed, but ultimately inspirational, heroine.
Pop Culture newsletter January 2016
The Tour de France, legendary record producer Sam Phillips, and sporty guides that'll help get you active this summer.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter January 2016
In this issue: Cooking, stylish furniture projects, metal craft, gardening, and a group of DIY titles that are definitley outside the box.
History and Current Events newsletter January 2016
The destruction of Lisbon, the history of UFOs, spy-trading during the Cold War, and featured titles on transportation in this month's issue
ProQuest outage Sunday 17 January [news]
ProQuest is unavailable for 8 hours from 4pm Sunday 17 January until 12am Monday 18 January 2016.
Can you handle the truth? [blog post]
Alison's For Later shelf is groaning under the weight of some fascinating biographies of extraordinary women.
Interview with Sarah Johnson [new]
Interview with children's author Sarah Johnson.
Planned outage Sunday 24 January [news]
A system reboot on Sunday 24 January from 5.30 to 9.30pm will affect access to eResources such as PressDisplay. You will not be able to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks during this time. When you search the catalogue, you won't see locations or holdings and won't be able to place a hold.
Babytimes / Wa Pepi
We have added the 2016 times for Babytimes to our calendar.
Storytimes / Wa Korero 2016
We have added the 2016 times for Storytimes to our calendar.
The Accidental Billionaires [blog post]
Ben explores a book on the founding of Facebook.
Catalogue and eResource outage Weds 13 Jan 8.30pm
A system reboot will affect access to eResources such as PressDisplay. You will not be able to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks during this time. When you search the catalogue, you won't see locations or holdings and won't be able to place a hold. The outage will last for around an hour. Normal service will resume as soon as possible, and we are sorry for any incovenience.
Holiday reading recommendations for the famous [blog post]
Jane matches books and famous people.
Library and learning centre holiday programmes [blog post]
It's still the hols. What's on for kids and teens?
Smartmath Practice [blog post]
Help with maths? Yes please!
Thrillers and suspense newsletter January 2016
The latest mysteries in the library.
Farewell to the Thin White Duke [blog post]
Paul bids farewell to David Bowie.
Maker space
There's something new at Hornby, Parklands, Redwood, and Spreydon - maker spaces with lots of activities for kids and families to try. Crafts, Meccano, playdough modelling, beading, knitting and more.
Reading to dogs 2016
We've updated our page with info on reading to dogs for kids.
Newcomers [updated]
We've added brochures in Korean, Hindi, and Japanese - information on resources for newcomers to Christchurch.
Parklands photos
We've added photos of maker spaces, Christmas storytime and the 10th anniversary celebrations - all at Parklands Library.
Sparks [updated]
Annual free performance in Hagley Park by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra updated with dates and times for 2016.
Lady Wigram Trophy [updated]
Updated with information on the 2016 event on 16/17 January at Ruapuna Raceway.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Aha (what) [blog post]
Kei te aha koe? What are you doing?
Conspicuous consumption [blog post]
Christmas and NY holidays are the time of the great festive binge-watch. Find out what Moata's been watching and reading over the break.
SCIRT World Buskers Festival 2016 [blog post]
Tamatoa's picks for the best of the festival that is in its 22nd year and runs 14 - 24 January.
Weirdly good [blog post]
Prior to Weird Al Yankovic's concert in Christchurch, Moata muses on his enduring appeal.
World languages collections [updated]
With additional languages now available at Central Library Peterborough.
Read harder challenge [blog post]
Alina has used some creativity to fit books she's read this year into the Read Harder Challenge
Soviet Cuisine - not for the fainthearted [blog post]
The beauty of this book is not the recipes; it is the story of communism and how the population managed sporadic food supplies by using every ounce of ingenuity they could muster.
Teen Scene newsletter January 2015
Explore the latest books for teens.
Some 'mindful' thinking on future trends [blog post]
Jane talks about future trends as pointed out by the popular mag MINDFOOD.
Bad hair days [blog post]
Karen shows you where to find good hairstyle tips in our collection.
Some light library inspo to start the New Year [blog post]
Fiona shares some highlights from November's LIANZA Conference.
This week in Christchurch history [blog post]
A look back at what happened in this week, in years gone by.
Recent necrology [blog post]
Brian looks back at some famous people who died in December 2015.
Resolving My Resolutions [blog post]
Karen is firmly resolved not to make any New Year's Resolutions this year (well, maybe...). How about you?
The Troubles - Boxing Day, 1879 [blog post]
On Boxing Day, 1879, sectarian violence broke out on the streets of Christchurch and Timaru, between Irish Catholics and protestant Orangemen.
This week in Christchurch history (28 December to 3 January)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
When is New Year? [updated]
We've just updated our page with information on New Years in different cultures all around the world.
Holiday hours 2015/2016 [updated]
We've added Christchurch City Council service desk hours to our information on holiday hours.
Babytimes 2016
Here are the times for Babytimes next year - the full programme begins 9 February, but there will also be some holiday sessions.
Stuff we love: December 2015
Our team of librarian pickers choose their fave stuff this month.
Fantasy newsletter December 2015
Here's our list of Fantasy new titles.
Picture books newsletter December 2015
Our selection of the latest and greatest picture books.
What is it about Scandinavian drama? [blog post]
Colleen loves a bit of Scando telly, and who can blame her.
The outdoor art gallery [blog post]
Valerie explores the art of Christchurch.
New titles January 2016
Our latest books, CDs, DVDs, eAudiobooks, eBooks, large print. and books for kids and teens. Enjoy!
Writing and writers [blog post]
Alina is already planning which writers she wants to see at the New Zealand Festival in February - March 2016.
Kids' Books December 2015 newsletter
This month's Kids' Books newsletter features the essential Pokemon handbook, the latest by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, and a special focus on Star Wars and space.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Tuupato (careful) [blog post]
Kia tuupato, e te tau. Be careful, my darling.
This week in Christchurch history (21 to 27 December)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Fiction A to Z December 2015 newsletter
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Biography and Memoir December 2015 newsletter
Snooki, Cambridge Spy Guy Burgess, Grace Jones, the Babich family and lots more: our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter is a veritable smorgasbord of interesting lives. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Upper Riccarton Library closed from 10 January to 1 February [news]
The library will be closed for repairs from 10 January 2016 and is scheduled to re-open on Monday 1 February 2016.
Christchurch Art Gallery reopening [photos]
Photos from the reopening weekend at Christchurch Art Gallery.
The Parents’ Holiday Survival Guide [blog post]
Get organised ahead of time with a range of activities and reading material to keep everyone occupied.
Haere mai Christchurch Art Gallery [blog post]
The big news in town is that the Christchurch Art Gallery is set to re-open TOMORROW, and they are going to spoil us rotten with a Summer of Art. YAY!
Council makes progress on new Sumner Community Facility [media release]
The design of the new Sumner Library, Community Facility and Museum has been revealed.Read the media release.
Heney family album
A selection of photographs and postcards from the Heney family album, dating between 1900 and the 1930s.
Postcard album, 1906-1926, compiled by Ruth Crump
Just in time for Christmas! We have digitised some fantastic postcards from a postcard album containing New Zealand and overseas postcards, compiled by Ruth Crump.
Log on board the S.S. Somersetshire, 1869 [blog post]
Ever wonder what travelling by ship was like in the 1860s? Read about W. C. Walker's experience in his shipboard diary from Plymouth to Melbourne.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Christchurch [blog post]
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle visited Christchurch. He arrived on 15 December 1920 to give a series of lectures at the Theatre Royal,
eResource revamp [blog post]
Student Research Center is being replaced with the more Australasian-centric Explora Australia/New Zealand
The first Freerange Little Prints book - Chickens in the hen house [blog post]
The first Little Print off the press is Chickens in the hen house by Wendy Kissel, with bold and bright illustrations by Kelly Spencer.
Christmas greetings [blog post]
A selection of postcards from a postcard album containing New Zealand and overseas postcards, compiled by Ruth Crump.
Summertime Babytimes and Storytimes January 2016
There will be storytimes and babytimes in our libraries this January. Bring the kids along!
Holiday programmes, events, and activities
Find out about what is on this school holidays for Christchurch children. Includes holiday programmes, shows and performances for kids.
Christchurch Christmas images
Christmassy pics - Santa photos, Christmas parades, Christmas cards, and loads more festive pictures.
Christchurch street names [updated]
Find out how streets and places in Christchurch got their names.
Armchair Travel December 2015 newsletter
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Thrillers and Suspense December 2015 newsletter
Need some conspiracy theories, murder and mayhem to distract you from the Christmas rush? Our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter has a great selection to pick from.
This week in Christchurch history (14 to 20 December)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Koti (coat) [blog post]
Kei hea to koti? Where is your coat?
Nature and Science December 2015 newsletter
Our Science and Nature newsletter features books about "the skies above", as well as everything from robotics to refrigeration.
New Brighton Santa Parade 2015 [photos]
Our set of images from Saturday's Santa Parade.
Santa [photos]
Photos of Father Christmas on Flickr.
Christmas reading for kids
Books on Christmas - New Zealand and overseas classics for kids.
Christmas for kids
Explore our page of festive fun for the kids.
Happy Hanukkah! [blog post]
Today is the last day of Hanukkah for 2015, so Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating!
Spectrum Street Art Festival 2015/2016 [photos]
Photos of the new street art that is being created for the Spectrum Street Art Festival.
Ten quotes [blog post]
The Villa at the edge of the empire: One hundred ways to read a city by Fiona Farrell is an important and wonderful book. Here are some quotes from it.
Christmas eMagazines [blog post]
Lots of festive eMagazines available now on Zinio for Libraries.
New eMagazines from Zinio for Libraries [blog post]
We've got lots of new titles in eMagazine form - including Dolly and Cleo!
Slow down, it's Christmas [blog post]
Take the pace down a notch with the slow movement in all its variety.
Cool stuff from the selectors [blog post]
Jane shows off the best of the best - from Patti Smith to Star Wars.
Street art
We've updated our page on street art with info on the Spectrum Street Art Festival which starts 12 December.
Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award [updated]
Looking for compelling and enjoyable insights into modern business issues? Check out The Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award winners.
Korean blog posts [Korean language]
Calling all Korean readers! Jo has been writing blog posts in Korean highlighting library events and the books in our Korean language collection.
Best book covers of 2015 [blog post]
A selection of New Zealand's most fabulous book covers in 2015.
Christmas displays at libraries [photos]
Have a look at some photos of Christmassy stuff around the libraries.
Holiday hours 2015/2016
Check out when libraries are open over Christmas and New Year 2015/2016.
About Zinio for Libraries
We've updated our lists of titles included in Zinio eMagazines.
Five years of filling gaps [blog post]
Gap Filler recently celebrated its fifth birthday. We asked co-founder Dr Ryan Reynolds about their ongoing projects and for some book recommendations.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Potae (hat) [blog post]
Tikina to potae. Fetch your hat.
2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize [booklist]
Explore the winner and shortlisted titles for the best in New Zealand science reading.
Recent necrology, November 2015 [blog post]
Some of the famous people who have left us in November.
Get ready for Summertime Reading Club [blog post]
Get reading over the holidays and go in the draw to win prizes! Our Summertime Reading Club for 0-16 year-olds starts 18 December.
"For Later" lately (5) [blog post]
The latest in a continuing series wherein Robyn shares what she's just added to her ever growing "For Later" list.
Happy Holiday Reads! [blog post]
Do colourful covers make for happy reads? Roberta investigates!
Inclusion matters [blog post]
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on 3 December but having a disability isn't always as obvious as being in a wheelchair.
If you like Star Wars... [blog post]
If you're super excited about the new Star Wars movie and want something to stop the gap until showtime, how about picking up one of the many books in the Star Wars franchise?
A Blessed life [blog post]
British actor Brian Blessed is a force of nature. His autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, is a funny, entertaining romp.
Never too old to learn [blog post]
Resources and information for Mature students.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Hokomaha (supermarket) [blog post]
Kei te haere au ki te hokomaha. I'm going to the supermarket.
Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015 - the winners [blog post]
Winners in four categories announced in our annual photo hunt competition.
Science fiction newsletter December 2015
The latest in scifi for your reading pleasure.
Whanau fun - celebrate Aranui at AFFIRM on 5 December [blog post]
AFFIRM14 takes place on Saturday 5 December 2015 at Wainoni Park from 9.30am to 4pm.
Summertime Reading Club 2015
Our annual Summertime Reading Club programme is for kids between 0 and 16 years old inclusive. The competition runs between 9am 18 December 2015 and 5pm 18 January 2016.
Best fiction of the Year and otherwise - fiction selector Philip Tew [blog post]
Our fiction selector looks at the publishing trends this years and picks his favourite novels.
Documenting the new west: The Halswell Project 2015 [blog post]
The Halswell Project exhibition is launched this Thursday 3 December, 6pm at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
eResources Discovery Search - all you need to know [blog post]
Get access to most of our eResource collection, articles, eBooks, journals, photographs and more, through a single access point.
This week in Christchurch history (30 November to 6 December)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Teen Scene December 2015 newsletter
Fancy reading about rage-filled zombies? Or a re-telling of the classic Arabian Nights? Find these and lots more great reads in the latest Teen Scene.
Mobile Library timetable
Some changes to timetable over school holiday period.
Caring for family papers [updated]
Now includes information on Library Bindery conservation supplies.
Mount Erebus air disaster [updated]
On 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand Flight TE901 crashed into the slopes of Mt Erebus in Antarctica. Learn more about the worst civilian disaster in New Zealand's history.
A small piece of Christchurch’s Antarctic heritage [blog post]
This November sees the 105th anniversary of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition sailing from Lyttelton to Antarctica. Find out about a couple of special mementos in our digitised collection.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre [photos]
Browse the latest photos of Te Hapua: Halswell Centre - opening tomorrow.
New titles December 2015
Find the latest CDs, DVDS, large print, and books for kids and adults.
Holiday reading 2015
Explore our lists of the very best reading for kids and teens.
Halswell Project 2015 [new]
The Halswell project is a collaboration between Christchurch City Libraries and the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts to create a documentary photographic record of the wider Halswell area.
About the library at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
Find out about the services and collections at our new library opening tomorrow Saturday 28 November.
Dr G Answers [update]
Recent teen health, sexual health and relationship questions answered by expert, Dr G.
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards [updated]
The longlist for the inaugural 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards has been announced. Find out which books were selected.
Fan girl and proud of it [blog post]
Purplerulz is a massive fan of alt country singer Tami Neilson and doesn't care who knows it.
29 days till Christmas... [blog post]
Missbeecrafty has a spate of birthdays to make cakes for. She recommends some books on kids cakes and shares examples that turned out well.
Water back on at Fendalton Library [news]
Water is back on again at Fendalton Library after an outage this morning.
Bookish Books [blog post]
Alina reviews 'The Truth According to Us' and shares her Bookish Books list: fiction about people who love fiction.
Biography and Memoir November 2015 newsletter
Our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter has a veritable cornucopia of interesting lives on offer: from Pauly Fuemana of How Bizarre fame, to octogenarian model Daphne Selfe, to Sarah Mathew, Auckland's First Lady.
Fiction A to Z November 2015 newsletter
Highlights of this month's Fiction A to Z newsletter include Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, which The Bookseller called "a tiny slice of wise beauty", and A Strangeness in My Mind, by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk.
Best Reads 2015 [blog post]
Each year since 2000 we've made a big list of favourite reads. 2015's list is underway, and you can have your say.
The best of British eBooks - Askews [blog post]
Colleen shows off all the goodies in Askews.
High Fives at South Learning Centre [blog post]
Audrey looks at the Hillmorton Network News and the Beckenham Centennial Film School.
Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939 to 45 [blog post]
Ben looks at Neill Lochery's new book.
Picture books newsletter November 2015
Our look at new picture books includes a new one by the author of Poo Bum, bears, trees, and nerdy birdies.
Fantasy newsletter November 2015
New fantasy titles this month, plus a look back at some favourite fantasy featuring witches.
Kids’ Books November 2015 newsletter
This month's Kids' Books newsletter introduces some goofy spy fiction, a charming new animal duo from Mo Willems, and "Dream on, Amber", an upbeat read perfect for fans of the "Wimpy Kid" series.
Computers and Coffee [updated]
2016 dates for beginning computers, introduction to iPads, and computer drop-in sessions.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Toru (three) [blog post]
toru three Kua toru o tau inaianei! You're three now!
Around the Book Groups: October [blog post]
Roberta's book groups in October read a terrific trio of books featuring false identities, dark foreboding surroundings and lurking unease.
November 17th was World Premature Birth Day and I missed it... [blog post]
Bibliobishi's personal post looks at premature birth, and the arrival of her little grandson at 24 weeks and 5 days' gestation.
This week in Christchurch history (23 to 29 November)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Street art [updated]
The next Spectrum Street Art Festival kicks off on 12 December 2015 and runs until 17 April 2016.
Grassroots solution for Lyttelton Library [news]
Lyttelton is going to get a temporary library for the ten months the London Street building is under repair.The Trinity Hall, next to the Lyttelton Recreation Centre, is to be temporarily used as a library, as a result of a combined community and Council working party finding a suitable alternate premises.
Brave [blog post]
"Last Friday I was invited to the Aranui High School Music Block as the library representative to BRAVE- Daisy Poetry Promenade ..."
November 17th was World Premature Birth Day and I missed it ... [blog post]
Joy's personal post looks at premature birth, and the arrival of her little grandson at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation.
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction [updated]
We have updated our Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction pages with the 2016 finalists.
The Costa Book Awards [updated]
The shortlists for the five categories (Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book) of the prestigious Costa Book Awards have been announced. Find out who made the cut.
Geraldine Brooks and the Pulitzer Surprise! [blog post]
Roberta reports back on last night's WORD Christchurch event.
You are free and strong. Go forward and lead on. [blog post]
Blog post about New Zealand's first female MP, Elizabeth McCombs.
LIANZA Conference [Storify]
We've added some Storifies about the recent LIANZA Conference.
LIANZA Conference 2015 [photos]
Photos from the LIANZA Conference in Wellington.
Underground Overground Archaeology exhibition [photos]
We've added some photos from the latest exhibition.
Pike River Mine disaster
On 19 November 2010, just after 3.44pm, there was an explosion in the Pike River Mine, 46 kilometres north of Greymouth.
Start with a smile :) [blog post]
Grab a seat on the Smile Couch at Central Library Peterborough on Mon 23 and Tue 24 November, and start with a smile :)
Five minutes on a Thursday afternoon [blog post]
Why do you visit the library? Purplerulz takes a snapshot of Fendalton Library on a weekday afternoon.
First World War [photos]
We have added some images from the Te Papa Gallipoli exhibition.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre [photos]
New photos of Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
Ballantynes' Fire 18 November 1947
The Ballantynes' Department Store's fire of 18 November 1947, in Christchurch, was the worst fire in New Zealand history, killing 41 people.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre November 2015 [PDF, newsletter]
The latest newsletter.
Dinosaur footprints: a story of discovery [PDF, poster]
Exhibition poster.
Dinosaur Day Saturday 21 November [PDF brochure]
A brochure for Dinosaur Day activities.
Dinosaur footprints: a story of discovery [PDF]
An activity brochure for kids.
Edna Neville - Aunt Haysl [updated]
Updated with further images and links.
Christmas parades in Christchurch [updated]
Updated with parade dates for Christmas 2015.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Nominations [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries has a chance every year to influence the largest international literary prize by nominating three books for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Check out our picks,
Community Connections for Adults [updated]
We have uploaded the February to July 2016 Community Connections for Adults brochure to our page outlining the programmes for adults offered by our Learning Centres.
Community Connections for Families [updated]
We have uploaded the 2016 Community Connections for Families brochure to our page outlining the family-focused programmes offered by our Learning Centres.
Horizons and Connect School Programmes [updated]
We have uploaded the 2016 Horizons and Connect brochure to our page outlining the school programmes offered by our Learning Centres.
NaNoWriMo one week on [blog post]
Alina reports back on the challenges of her first week taking part in NaNoWriMo.
Spend your weekend with the K-Culture Festival! [blog post]
Head along to the Cardboard Cathedral between 11am and 2pm on Sat 14 November to experience Korean culture with the K-Culture Festival.
Empire: How Britain Made The Modern World by Niall Ferguson [blog post]
Economic historian Niall Ferguson's history of the British Empire
CPIT Road Cone Exhibition 2015 [photos]
Photographs of art from this year's CPIT Road Cone Exhibition.
Road Worthy Art Exhibition [blog post]
The humble road cone has once again provided inspiration for CPIT Certificate in Design students in the exhibition 'Road Worthy' that is currently on in the Christchurch City Council foyer.
Image collection: A & P Show
Browse historical photographs of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show.
Armistice Day in the news [blog post]
Today is Armistice Day and Kat has had a dig through Papers Past to see how people reacted to the end of the First World War and how they commemorated afterwards.
Where to start at the Hororata Highland Games 2015? [blog post]
Colleen tries her hand at caber tossing and has a grand ol' time at the Hororata Highland Games.
Home, Garden and DIY November 2015 newsletter
In this issue: tiny houses, quick and stylish hair styles, upcycling inspiration, and your summer building project for the garden.
Popular Culture November 2015 newsletter
An entertainment TV star's biography, the story of a woman who ran away to join the circus, a feature on famous animals, and much more.
History and Current Events November 2015 newsletter
Stories from around the world - A tale of extraordinary survival in Antarctica, the real woman behind the Mona Lisa, and more great reads..
Relishing the moments with a wordless picture book
Wordless picture books are a great option for reluctant readers. Missbeecrafty has some great wordless picture book recommendations.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Moe (sleep) [blog post]
E moe, e te tau. Go to sleep, my darling.
Food fads: my gut feeling is... [blog post]
Roberta highlights some trending foodie books that appeal to her - in some cases for all the wrong reasons!
This week in Christchurch history (9 to 15 November) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Thrillers and Suspense November 2015 newsletter
Check out our Thrillers and Suspense newslettter for your monthly dose of murder, spying, and assorted chills. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
All Blacks - history makers [blog post]
Find out about yesterday's parade.
Aspirational reading [blog post[
Aspirational books - hey tempt me with a promise of perfection. I
Lyttelton Library working party seeks solutions [news]
At a lively public meeting in Lyttelton Library on 21 October, the community brain-stormed ideas about how to keep library services going while repair and refurbishment work on the Lyttelton library is carried out next year.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre - opening week events
Explore a week's worth of cool events as the new Te Hapua: Halswell Centre is set to open on 28 November.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
We have updated our pages on the new Te Hapua: Halswell Centre. It is opening on Saturday 28 November!
BiblioCommons outage Sunday and Monday 8 and 9 November [news]
Our catalogue will be unavailable for two hours from Sunday 8 November midnight.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre [brochures]
We've added some posters and collateral related to the Summertime Reading Club and Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
122 days at sea: the log book of the ship Mirage [blog post]
The Mirage was a 718 tonne "magnificent clipper". The ship's log tells the story of its journey from London that began on 6 May 1864.
Geraldine Brooks in Christchurch 18 November [blog post]
Find out about Geraldine's new book The Secret Chord and her visit to Christchurch.
The Best and Worst Children's Books of 2015 [blog post]
Our annual evening of highlights and lowlights in children's literature is on again on Wednesday 25 November at Everglades Golf Club.
Stig @ the library comes to Christchurch [blog post]
Stig Wemyss is one of the most popular narrators of audiobooks for kids and he visited Christchurch recently.
Christmas in Christchurch [updated]
Updated with dates for Santa parades, Christmas in the Park and other festive events for Christmas 2015.
Avian Flu and the 'Quiet Days of Power' [blog post]
Purplerulz gives Station Eleven and The Chimes the purple seal of approval.
No plot? No problem! [blog post]
November is National Novel Writing Month, during which participants attempt to write 50,000 words. Alina shares her NANoWriMo experience.
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction [updated]
The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction is one of Britain's most prestigious prizes for non-fiction. We have updated our page with the latest winner and finalists.
David Grant on World War Two pacifists - Friday 6 November [blog post]
The Lincoln Efford Memorial Lecture 2015 is being held on Friday 6 November 7.30pm at the WEA Hall, 59 Gloucester Street. The topic is Turning the other cheek: Ormond Burton and Lincoln Efford - New Zealand's most prominent pacifists during World War Two.
Top of the web October 2015
What Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular in October.
Dinovember [photos]
Dinos in the library!
Landfall in unknown seas
Allen Curnow and Douglas Lilburn produced a New Zealand classic Landfall in Unknown Seas, the poem by Curnow narrated with incidental music by Lilburn.
Happy birthday Douglas Lilburn [blog post]
Composer Douglas Lilburn was born 2 November 1915.
Douglas Lilburn
We've added a new page on the composer Douglas Lilburn to our website.
This week in Christchurch history 2 to 8 November [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Recommended by... NZ's Threatened Species Ambassador [booklist]
NZ's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, shares her favourite nature and conservation reads.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Hiamoe (tired/sleepy) [blog post]
Kei te hiamoe koe? Are you tired/sleepy?
Chatting with New Zealand's Threatened Species Ambassador [blog post]
Interview with Nicola Toki, New Zealand Threatened Species Ambassador.
Dinovember [photos]
Photos from Shirley Library and some older photos - Dinovember is on!
Dia de los Muertos displays [photos]
Pics from this year's display at Shirley, and previous displays.
Rick Riordan's Introduction to Norse Mythology [blog post]
Rick Riordan, the creator of Percy Jackson, has just released the first book in his new series wich follows Magnus Chase, as he tries to prevent the end of the world, Ragnarok.
If you like...Norse mythology for kids [booklist]
If you like stories based on Norse mythology, including Norse gods, try these books.
Who's going to see Courtney Barnett live at The Foundry? [blog post]
Announcing the winner of our Courtney Barnett competition and the books you suggested might be Courtney's next read.
Image collection: Horse racing
View a sample of our photographs on the subject of horse racing.
Off the shelf (2) [blog post]
Robyn reports back on some arty titles that have come off her For Later shelf recently.
Cricket
We've updated our page - explore the cricketing stuff we have in our collection.
Keri Hulme
We've updated our page on writer Keri Hulme.
Kia ora Keri - 30 years ago Keri Hulme won the Booker Prize for Fiction [blog post]
It's nearly 30 years since the bone people won the Booker Prize.
NZ Bookshop Day Sat 31 October [blog post]
It's the first ever NZ Bookshop Day on Saturday. What's on, and a look at Christchurch bookshops.
The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show
We've updated our page on the local A&P Show.
New Zealand Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Anniversary
We've updated our page the upcoming NZ Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Anniversary.
Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement [updated]
Find out current and past winners of the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement.
New Zealand Book Week & the Rugby World Cup!
Feeling tense about the big game on Sunday but excited about NZ books? How about a beautiful collision of the two?
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Kakara (smell)
kakara smell To kakara hoki! You smell lovely!
Kids! Get Creating for Halloween [blog post]
Great books for you to create awesome Halloween goodies!
Be Afraid [booklist]
Our Staff Pickles select some Halloween appropriate reading.
Read all about it at the British Newspaper Archive [blog post]
The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library to begin digitising this huge collection and make it available to researchers including us here in Christchurch.
Guy Fawkes 2015
Find out about the Guy Fawkes fireworks in Christchurch, and the Gunpowder Plot.
Trick or Treat? [blog post]
MexiSteffi explores some of the many ways in which various cultures celebrate festivals similar to Halloween.
Interview with R. L. Stedman [new]
Zac interviewed NZ children's author R. L. Stedman.
Interview with Sue Copsey [new]
Zac interviewed NZ children's author Sue Copsey.
Books [photos, updated]
It is #nzbookweek - we've added some new New Zealand book photos to our set.
Elizabeth McCombs, 1873 - 1935 [updated]
Updated with further information on Elizabeth McCombs' life and career.
The hills are alive with the sound of BorrowBox! [blog post]
BorrowBox is an eAudiobook platform that allows you to download some of the world leading titles to your MP3 compatible mobile device (which is most of them) or computer.
November 2015 new titles
Explore the latest titles that arrived in your libraries this month.
Picture books October newsletter
Explore the latest in picture books.
Historical Fiction October 2015 newsletter
The latest from Sara Donati, Victorian New York, and tales from Southeast Asia feature in this month's Historical Fiction newsletter.
Kids' Books October 2015 newsletter
This month's Kids' Books newsletter features some fantastic science books, the Astounding Broccoli Boy, and a special focus on witches.
Pressured Viewing [blog post]
Karen rejoices at the longer leanding period for DVD sets.
This week in Christchurch history 26 October to 1 November [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Tokelau Language Week - Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau [new]
Tokelau Language Week 2015 takes place from 25 to 31 October. We highlight resources about Tokelau and the Tokelauan language.
SCAPE Public Art [photos]
We've added some photos of the 2015 works to our set of images.
Arrivals and departures [blog post]
Roberta ponders arrivals and departures, and shares recent reads on the topic of coming and going - and running on the spot.
Heritage Week 2015 [photos]
Our photos of Heritage Week.
Humans need not apply [blog post]
Ever since Isaac Asimov wrote I, Robot in 1954 we have had a fascination with robots and their possible effect on the human race. Can they liberate us, or take over the world?
Do you know us? Help us identify these people from Christchurch's past [blog post]
These images were bought as a job lot of glass negatives in a garage sale. Christchurch City Libraries has made these fragile historical photos accessible by digitising the collection. Can you help identify the subjects of the photos or tell us anything more about them?
A politically sensitive interiors book [blog post]
When I was younger, a trip to London brought me face to face with social housing and tower block living.
Diwali 2015 [blog post]
Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, will take place on Saturday 24 October at Horncastle Arena. Rema describes how Diwali is celebrated.
Ferrymead: Fifty years of ye olde memories
Ferrymead Heritage Park celebrates its 50th anniversary this Labour Weekend.
Competitions [updated]
Updated with Courtney Barnett and Photo Hunt 2015 competitions.
Courtney Barnett: Touring and reading [blog post]
Interview with Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett ahead of her first Christchurch show. Competition to win a free double pass to her gig on 7 November.
Always bring a jacket! [blog post]
Life is never dull when weather has to be factored in to every activity outside the house... Trish ponders the vagaries of weather.
Biography and Memoir October 2015 newsletter
Professional wrestler Daniel Bryan, ex-US President Jimmy Carter, Giuliana Rancic, the Lawson quins and Primates of Park Avenue: our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter has them all, plus lots more. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Neighbourhood Week 2015 [blog post]
Neighbourhood Week runs from Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November - get some ideas of ways in which you can partecipate.
Fiction A to Z October 2015 newsletter
Highlights of this month's Fiction A to Z newsletter include Undermajordomo Minor, a dark and witty fable written by Man Booker nominee Patrick deWitt, and The Death of Rex Nhongo, a story of five marriages and one gun. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Mike McRoberts joins Hillmorton Network News [blog post]
The Year 8 and 9 students have learned so much and were very excited when I announced our special guest, Mike McRoberts, would be part of our crew for the day.
Read NZ during NZ Book Week 2015 [blog post]
It's on next week from 26 October 26 until 1 November and it will also include the inaugural New Zealand Bookshop Day being held on Saturday 31 October.
System outage on Labour Day Monday 26 October [news]
How does this affect you? There will be no access to your BiblioCommons account - you will not be able to place holds, or add items to a list. You won't be able to access our eResources such as Press Display, OverDrive, and Wheelers. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and will let you know when normal service has resumed.
Nature and Science October 2015 newsletter
A 14 year old who achieved nuclear fusion, climate change, and the science of the brain plus much more in our Nature and Science newsletter.
Finding your Ireland [blog post]
The Irish Newspaper Archives are designed to give you insight into 300 years of Irish history through 40 searchable Irish newspapers.
Write all about it - Hagley Writers' Institute [blog post]
It is time to apply to the Hagley Writers' Institute. Find out about our resources for writers too.
<3 Christchurch Photo Hunt [blog post]
I love the Christchurch Photo Hunt. And this month it's happening once again. I can't wait to see all the new photos go up on Kete Christchurch.
Labour Day [updated]
Labour Day celebrates when the eight hour working day and the 48 hour working week became the law in New Zealand in 1899. This was later changed to 40 hours.
This week in Christchurch history 19 to 25 October [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
The diary of Lester Priest, 1915 [blog post]
A diary kept by Arthur Francis Lester Priest from late 1914 to August 1915. The diary documents his experience in the first World War.
October Fantasy newsletter
October's fantasy newsletter includes new titles from Aliette de Bodard, Mark Hodder and others as well as a selection of titles involving secret societies. Subscribe to get it delivered by email or read it online each month.
The sinking of the Marquette and the Nurses' Memorial Chapel [blog post]
The Nurses' Memorial Chapel is one of the most precious historic buildings in New Zealand. On October 23rd it will be 100 years since that tragic event that led to its construction.
Memorial Entrance Gates, Lancaster Park [blog post]
The fascinating history of how Lancaster Park came to have Memorial Entrance Gates.
15 October 1953: The worst RNZAF air accident in New Zealand [blog post]
A crash at Wigram in 1953 remains the worst RNZAF crash in New Zealand history, killing seven men.
Nga Takaro Maori - Maori games [blog post]
Ki-o-Rahi is the original Maori ball game. If you're keen to give Ki-o-Rahi a go (or even stand on the side line and cheer) you can make your way down to The Commons Hub on Sunday October 18th for demonstrations and workshops.
Into the river - unrestricted [blog post]
It was announced yesterday that Into the River by Ted Dawe has been classified as Unrestricted.
Books to scare you silly this Halloween [blog post]
Zac looks back to R.L. Stine and Goosebumps and more scary reads.
Christchurch Zinefest and zines [new]
Christchurch Zinefest is happening on Sunday 8 November 2015, from 1.30 to 5pm at the Waimairi Rd Commmunity Centre.
Mad about Mansfield [blog post]
Have a look at a motherlode of Mansfield books.
OverDrive Staff Picks [blog post]
Have a glimpse into the librarian psyche - there's the eBooks and eAudiobooks loved by our librarians.
Man Booker Prize [updated]
We have updated our Man Booker Prize page with this year's winner, Marlon James.
Halloween Spooky Fun Time at South Library
Find out about fun activities on Saturday 31 October.
Halloween [updated]
Check out our page on Halloween costumes, parties, and more.
Reading to dogs Term 4 [brochure, PDF]
Download the brochure for our term 4 programme.
Reading to dogs Term 4 [poster, PDF]
Posters for Term 4 of our Reading to dogs programme.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre newsletter October 2015 [PDF]
Find out about the opening week programme for the new library and meet the staff.
Papanui Library reopened today
Papanui Library reopened this morning after having its repairs done. Come on in!
Ada Lovelace Day [blog post]
Today is Ada Lovelace Day. Celebrated on the second Tuesday in October Ada Lovelace Day is a day for celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and science.
Four reasons to join a library book group [blog post]
Find out about book groups in Christchurch.
History and Current Events October 2015 newsletter
Our latest History and Current Events newsletter features Nazi-occupied Paris, the Egyptian Revolution, and a dazzling portrayal of the house of Caesar, Rome's first imperial dynasty. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Not kitchen science! [blog post] [Kids] [Teens]
Alina recommends two great books starring science-loving girls in the 19th century.
Thrillers and Suspense October 2015 newsletter
Check out our October Thrillers and Suspense newsletter for your latest dose of conspiracy theories, murder and mayhem. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Armchair Travel October 2015 newsletter
Fancy discovering the Deep South of the USA with Paul Theroux? Or exploring the Land of the Midnight Sun with Alexander Armstrong of Pointless fame? Find these and many more fascinating tales of travel and adventure in our latest Armchair Travel newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
This week in Christchurch history (12 to 18 October) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Niue Language Week [new]
Niue Language Week 2015 will take place from 12 to 18 October. We highlight resources about Niue and the Niuean language.
Long ago in a rapidly expanding galaxy, far, far away
Think you know your Star Wars movie universe? Well, it's about to get bigger. Our handy guide will help you keep it all straight.
Papanui reopening postponed [news]
Papanui Library is currently closed for repairs. The reopening was originally scheduled for Monday 12 October. The library will now reopen on Wednesday 14 October.
Coming soon: WW100 Speaker Series - Glyn Harper
Professor Glyn Harper visits Central Library Peterborough to talk about his recent book "Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Soldier in the First World War 1914-1918" on Thursday 22nd October at 6pm, Central Library Peterborough.
Nobel Prize in Literature [updated]
Updated with 2015 winner, Svetlana Aleksievich
1918 Influenza epidemic - how Christchurch coped [updated]
Updated with additional images and resources
1918 Influenza pandemic [updated]
Updated with new images and additional resources.
Twenty years of Darcy’s wet shirt
Believe it or not, Pride and Prejudice, the BBC television series that introduced us to the charms of Colin Firth, first hit TV screens 20 years ago. What was so great about it? More than just Firth in a wet shirt.
Science Fiction newsletter - October
October's sci-fi newsletter has a bunch of exciting new titles. There's the second book in the trilogy that began with The Three-Body Problem - if you haven't read this yet you may want to pick it up - its translated from Chinese and has been very well-received. There's a new Star Wars book from Chuck Wendig - just in time for Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday and a collection of Novellas from John Scalzi. The theme this month is timelines and there's some great time bending reads to try there. Read it online or subscribe to get it delivered to your mailbox every other month.
Looking forward to looking [blog post]
Robyn whets our appetite for the reopening of CoCA, the Centre of Contemporary Art, in February 2016.
Recent necrology, August/September 2015 [blog post]
Some of the famous people who have left us in August and September.
Heritage Week 2015: Sentimental journeys [blog post]
BECA Heritage Week starts this week. This year it runs from 9-26 October - with an impressive range of events on offer.
Paul Cleave wins the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award [blog post]
Congratulations to Paul Cleave who on Sunday 4 October was revealed as the winner of the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for his book Five Minutes Alone.
Teen Scene October 2015 newsletter
Alexander the Great before he was "Great"; a chilling paranormal conspiracy in 1920s New York; and unusual and difficult romances: find these and lots more great reads in our latest Teen Scene newsletter. Subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel [updated]
The winner of the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel has been announced.
Oxford to Oxford: The emigration of Henry Smith [blog post]
What did people read, sing, and eat during sea journeys in the 1880s? This recently digitised archival treasure has the answers..
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Mahana (warm) [blog post]
Kei te mahana te wai? Is the water warm?
Halswell Library closed from Saturday 3 October [updated]
Halswell Library closed its doors for the final time on Saturday 3 October 2015 at 1pm. Preparations continue for the opening of the library at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, located at 341 Halswell Road. The new centre is scheduled to open in late November 2015.
This week in Christchurch history (5 to 11 October) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Log on board the S.S. Somersetshire, 1869
Shipboard diary of W. C. Walker; from Plymouth to Melbourne, 1 July to 30 August 1869.
Shipboard diary of Henry Smith, photographs and papers
A handwritten diary January 17-February 28 1885 by Henry Smith, which documents the voyage of the Rimutaka to New Zealand. The collection includes a letter of reference dated 20 December 1884, an invoice for rates on land at View Hill, and a few family photographs.
Diary, December 10th 1866 to August 5th 1872
Leather-bound diary of an early surveyor, Charles Reginald Shaw (1829-1906), in the Timaru district, giving working and domestic details, and including running accounts on the right-hand margin of each page. The diary entries run from December 1866 to August 1872.
Log book of the ship Mirage : a shipboard diary kept by C.E.D. Goff, 1864
The diary includes biographical information, a passenger list and information about the crew. Charles Edward Davis Goff, 1844-1879. Charles Edward Davis Goff (also called Davis-Goff) was born in Ireland in 1844. He came out to Canterbury on the Mirage in 1864 at the age of twenty. In 1868 he married Elizabeth Brydon in Marlborough. They lived first in Renwick, then in Picton, where Charles Goff died in 1879, aged thirty-five.
Fiji Language Week [new]
Fiji Language Week 2015 will take place from 5 to 11 October. We highlight resources about Fiji and the Fijian language.
The (very) long list [blog post]
Robyn's For Later shelf is always bursting at the seams. Find out which books she couldn't resist adding to it this week.
Guts and Girls and other matters [blog post]
Philip reports on some of the current bestsellers.
Cool stuff from the Selectors [blog post]
Art, fashion, religion, sport with a touch of history and death thrown in for good measure. Check out some cool stuff from the selectors this month.
When "Plus" size is good news! [blog post]
Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre, an eResource full of magazines, books, newspapers and more... just got even bigger.
Anzacs and the Battle of Britain: author interview with Adam Claasen [blog post]
75 years after The Battle of Britain we interview author Adam Claasen on the role New Zealanders played in WWII's fight for the skies.
Make a Fun Palaces comic [blog post]
Use this fun new tool to make your own comic!
All creatures great and small - celebrate World Animal Day 2015
Sunday 4 October is World Animal Day. Valerie suggests resources to help us look after and uphold the rights of all animals.
Top of the web September 2015 [blog post]
We look back at what Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular.
Looking - Titiro [blog post]
Look at Christchurch with new eyes in October.
New titles October 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 September2015. Also available as an email newsletter.
Connecting Christchurch educators - 31 days of blogging with ChchEd [blog post]
Are you a teacher, or interested in education? There is a group in Christchurch doing fab work - they're called Christchurch Connected Educators or Chched.
Christchurch City Libraries customer newsletter October 2015
Our quarterly newsletter is full of information about library events, activities, and news.
Hunt begins for Canterbury's heritage photos [media release]
Cantabrians are being asked to dust off their family photo albums and do their bit to preserve the region's heritage by supporting this year's Beca Heritage Week theme, Arrivals and Departures - The Journeys That Have Shaped Us.
Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015
Arrivals and Departures - The journeys that have shaped us. Take ownership of your city's heritage, send in some of your old photos to help grow a photographic archive. You could win a tablet or eReader.
Facing up to the flag [blog post]
Trying to reach a decision about the flag? Roberta reminds us of a very important question to consider.
Choo, choo, choose the BIG Model Train Show [blog post]
The annual model railway event is on 3-4 October.
World Book has mutated [blog post]
Nowadays World Book Encyclopedia has transformed into a startling array of gorgeous looking eResources.
Mars [new]
Find out more about the Red Planet - and its water.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre [survey]
We would like to hear from you about your expectations for Te Hapua : Halswell Centre and answer any questions you may have. Please take a few moments to fill out this short survey.
Get yer Fun Palaces on - Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October [blog post]
Find out about the central city #funpalaceschch.
Dance [new]
Where to find dance classes, performances and events, and online resources.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Puku (tummy) [blog post]
Tirohia tenei puku nui! Look at this big tummy!
Historical Fiction newsletter September 2015
A new take on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, and tales from China, Cyprus and the French Riviera feature in our Historical Fiction newsletter.
This week in Christchurch history (28 September to 4 October)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Double the reading fun with the Big Library Read! [blog post]
The next Big Library Read runs from 7 to 21 October.
Alternative uses for the Halswell Library building [news]
The community is being asked to suggest alternative and sustainable community or public uses for the current Halswell Library building after it closes on 3 October 2015.
New Halswell photos
We've added new photos showing progress.
Fun Palaces - posters and colouring in
See our posters, bookmarks, and colouring in for #funpalaces.
You tell lies to get close to the truth - Joe Bennett [blog post]
Rose reports back on last night's #wordchch event.
Looking ahead to SCAPE 8 - New intimacies [blog post]
Find out about the upcoming SCAPE public art event in Christchurch.
Banned Books Week 2015 [blog post]
Banned Books Week will run from 27 September to 3 October 2015. MexiSteffi highlights some of the surprising titles which have been challenged over the years.
Traditional Maori Food [updated]
Now with information about whitebaiting.
Fishing [updated]
Updated links, photos and information.
Christchurch street and place names [updated]
This resource aims to give the origins of Christchurch street and place names.
Community Partnership meeting about the Lyttelton Library service [news]
Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board and Libraries staff invite you to an ideas and discussion meeting about the Lyttelton Library. The meeting is on Wednesday 21 October at 6 to 7pm at Lyttelton Library.
Lyttelton Library closing from February to November 2016 [news, updated]
The Lyttelton Library is closing in 2016 so that earthquake repairs and strengthening, along with a full refurbishment, can be carried out.
Picture books newsletter September 2015
This month's list of goodies includes robots, men with messy hair, colour, mazes, and te reo!
BECA Heritage Week 2015
We've added the 2015 library events - Spirited Cemetery tours, Storytimes on the Double decker bus, and Explore your family connections.
Kids' Books September 2015 newsletter
An action-packed near-future adventure inspired by Robyn Hood; a new title by the creators of Babymouse; the wacky world of numbers, and all you ever wanted to know about the Rugby World Cup... These are just some of the great books featured in this month's Kids' Books newsletter. Subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox, or read it online.
Positive Ageing Expo - Monday 28 September 2015 [blog post]
The 2015 Positive Ageing Expo will take place on Monday 28 September. Find out more about this Age Concern event.
Joe Bennett in convo - 24 September [blog post]
Come along to a #wordchch event and hear Joe talk about his first novel King Rich.
Public Art [updated]
We've updated our page on public art - it's nearly time for the fab SCAPE 8 New intimacies.
Services for older adults [updated]
Browse library services and useful information for older adults.
This week in Christchurch history (21 to 27 September)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Rugby [updated]
We've updated our rugby page as the Rugby World Cup is on now!
Babytimes at St Mary's Church, Halswell [news]
We will be having Babytimes at St Mary's Church from 14 Oct to 11 Nov.
The Bridge of Remembrance [updated]
Earthquake strengthening and repairs completed September 2015.
Suffrage Day and Women’s Rights
19 September is Suffrage Day when we celebrate and commemorate the work of campaigners to secure NZ women the vote.
Modern modem romance
Review of the new book on technology and dating by "Parks and Recreation" actor Aziz Ansari.
Fiction A to Z September 2015 newsletter
This month's newsletter features a sympathetic portrait of a high-functioning autistic adult; the latest by Alaa Al Aswany, the award-winning author of the The Yacoubian Building; and Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a charming and quirky debut novel. Subscribe to receive this and/or other newsletters directly in your inbox.
Business for busy people [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries offers access to multiple Business and Management eResources which have full-text coverage of all business disciplines.
The importance of standards [blog post]
Our library subscription entitles us to online access to all New Zealand (NZS) and joint Australian and New Zealand (AS/NZS) standards that are available in PDF format.
Chick lit and the armchair traveller [blog post]
Chick Lit is light, quick, generally uplifting, at times thought provoking, romantic and quirky. Armchair travel seems to quite easily rub up against chick lit -- plenty of romance, exotic locations, quirky interesting characters and plenty of action.
We love NZ [booklist]
A Staff Pickles list of fave NZ music, books, and movies.
It's 2am... let’s blog! [blog post]
Roberta shares the source of her blogging inspiration.
Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards [updated]
The 2015 winners of Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards have been announced - find out which titles were selected.
The Breeze Walking Festival 2015 [blog post]
Walk on! Find out about the fab walks on offer during The Breeze walking festival.
Books for NCEA wide reading [blog post]
Zac recommends how to find titles for the wide reading part of NCEA.
Man Booker Prize shortlist [updated]
We've updated our page with the shortlisted titles.
Biography and Memoir September 2015 newsletter
In our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter: Maurice Gee, Sheila Kitzinger, King Abdullah II of Jordan, plus lots more fascinating life-stories. You can subscribe to receive this and other newsletters direct in your inbox.
Tuvalu Language Week
Tuvalu Language Week 2015 will take place from 27 September to 3 October. We highlight resources about Tuvalu and the Tuvaluan language.
Time is running out! [blog post]
You've only got one week left to enter our Dr Who Create Your Own Sonic Screwdriver Competition at Central Library Peterborough. Entries close 5pm, Sunday 20 September.
Land is the very soul of a tribal people [blog post]
Recommended books, viewing, and online resources about the land march that changed the nation 40 years ago this month.
Thrillers and Suspense September 2015 newsletter
Is your (reading) life missing some suspense? Find danger and goosebumps galore in our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter. You can also sign up to receive this newsletter direct in your inbox.
This week in Christchurch history (14 to 20 September)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre September 2015 newsletter
Read the latest information.
NZ Chinese Language Week - The Wu Xing (five-element theory) of Chinese characters
To commemorate NZ Chinese Language Week, Yang explains the Wu Xing (five-element theory) of Chinese characters, and how choosing a Chinese name for your newborn child is no simple undertaking.
A spot of science, a splash of arts, and a tonne of fun - Fun Palaces 2015 [blog post]
Find out what is happening at Central Library Peterborough on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October.
Fun Palaces [new]
Find out about Fun Palaces, pop-up spaces where arts and sciences, fun and learning meet, working alongside and working together.
Te Rongoa Maori [updated]
Now with video about creating traditional Maori remedies from native plants.
Ti Kouka - The Cabbage Tree [updated]
Now with video about preparing and eating Ti Kauru.
Traditional Maori food [updated]
Now with videos about poha titi (muttonbird) and toheroa.
Te Waipounamu and Mahinga Kai [updated]
New links to Ngai Tahu Mahinga Kai resource
Lyttelton Library closing from February to November 2016 [news]
The Lyttelton Library is closing in 2016 so that earthquake repairs and strengthening, along with a full refurbishment, can be carried out.
On effective altruism - Peter Singer [blog post]
Ben report back from Monday's #wordchch sell out session.
Into the River - what is this banning all about? [blog post]
An interim restriction order has been placed on the award-winning book for teens Into the River by Ted Dawe.
Sarah Waters [blog post]
Alina reports on a fab #wordchch evening with historical novelist Sarah Waters.
Shifting Points of View - WORD Christchurch [updated]
Explore our coverage of the #wordchch events.
History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter
A sequel to one of Bill Bryson's most popular books, the latest Simon Winchester, and a special feature about the Dam Busters - plus more interesting titles in our latest History and Current Events newsletter
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Mamae (sore) [blog post]
To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.
Get your CV fighting fit [blog post]
Linwood Library is hosting a free CV and cover letter course run by tutors from Hagley Adult Literacy Centre.
Literacy
Literacy is the ability to read, write and do basic maths. Our page outlines the various ways in which the library can help you improve your literacy skills, or those of your students.
Adult Learners' Week - He Tangata Maatauranga
This week is Adult Learners' Week - find out how the library can help you on your lifelong learning journey.
Top of the web August 2015 [blog post]
Find out what was popular on the library interwebs last month.
Shifting Points of View [Storify]
We've pulled together tweets, posts, and photos from the #wordchch events at #chchfest2015.
Suki Kim [blog post] [Korean language]
Jo reports back from the Suki Kim session at Shifting Points of View.
Teen Scene September 2015 newsletter
High school intrigue, teens stranded in the Atlantic, and a guy-centric coming of age story - don't miss our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Like a virgin [blog post]
Never tried one of our eBooks or downloadable audiobooks before? Maybe now is a great time to start.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Maku (wet)
To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.
Norman Kirk: 6 January 1923 - 31 August 1974 [blog post]
Prime Minister Norman Kirk, M.P. for Sydenham died on 31 August 1974.
Linwood Library now open until 7pm on Thursdays
Linwood Library at Eastgate is now open an extra hour on Thursdays.
Aranui Library now open on Sundays
We are happy to inform Aranui Library customers that the library is now open 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Fees and charges [updated]
We have updated our fees and charges.
Membership form [updated]
We have updated our membership form. [PDF]
Circulation policy [updated]
We have updated our circulation policy. [PDF]
Collecting as an art form [blog post]
Jane confesses to her collecting passions.
Photos from Shifting Points of View events
Photos from the WORD Christchurch events at the Christchurch Arts Festival on Sunday 30 August 2015.
Staff Pickles [new]
Our team of staff pickles are here to bring you recommendations with flavour. We will be sharing booklists, book reviews, and blog posts - all about the books, movies, TV, and music we love.
This week in Christchurch history (31 August to 6 September) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Tongan Language Week - Uike 'o e Lea Tonga
Tongan Language Week - Uike 'o e Lea Tonga 2015 takes place from 30 August to 5 September. Discover our Tongan language resources.
Michael Robotham: The psychology of crime [blog post]
Crime writer Michael Robotham gave a fab talk in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Photos of Halswell Centre [updated]
We've uploaded some new photos showing the progress of Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
Horticultural 'Grand Designs' versus 'Harsh Reality' [blog post]
Karen dons a large floppy hat à la Greta Garbo and waits for her potatoes to chit...
Your home [updated]
Find useful information, suggestions and inspiration for house buying and renovations.
Pride and Perversion [blog post]
Jesse Bering is talking in Christchurch "On Perversion".
New Zealand Fashion in pictures: Our Flickr
Explore some NZ fashion looks from our collection.
Holiday programmes September-October 2015
We've added information on the upcoming holiday programmes.
Raging at road cones [blog post]
Road cones: little orange triangles sent by Satan to torment you at every turn, or bright happy indicators of important progress? Alllisonsnotmyfirstname wants to know what you think.
Hugo Awards 2015 [updated]
We list the current nominees and all winners for several of the 'published' forms such as novel, graphic novel, short forms and related works.
Changes to fees and charges
Some of our fees and charges are changing on 1 September 2015. We've listed a summary of the changes on our fees page.
Photos [updated]
Our latest batch of photos includes progress of the New Central Library.
And the peasants rejoiced [blog post]
Simone looks forward to the upcoming Royal New Zealand Balletproduction of Midsummer Night's Dream.
Read the book then see the film [blog post]
Want to read the book before you see the movie? This post will get you ahead of the game with a crop of books about to get the silver screen treatment.
Bus Interchange [photos]
We've added some photos of the new section of the Bus Interchange to Kete Christchurch, our community repository.
Picture books newsletter August 2015 newsletter
Picture books this month include farting ponies and trips to the moon. It's all good!
Kids' Books August 2015 newsletter
Featuring in this month's Kids' Books newsletter: Mad Brownies, good ogres, prehistoric predators, plus a great selection of genius reads.
Tax [updated]
We have updated our page about common taxes and processes and where to find information about them.
The birdwatcher's guide to love [blog post]
Roberta recommends birdwatching men as potential partners.
This week in Christchurch history (24 to 30 August0 [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
New Zealand Fashion in pictures: Kete Christchurch
For New Zealand Fashion Week we're going to be sharing some of our favourite images of New Zealand Fashion from Kete Christchurch.
Historical Fiction August 2015 newsletter
Fans of the Roaring Twenties will enjoy the featured titles set in the 1920s in this month's newsletter.
Arthur Francis Lester Priest : Diary 1915 [digital collection]
A diary kept by Arthur Francis Lester Priest (1893-1915) from late 1914 to August 1915. The diary documents his experience in the first World War. The collection includes some memorabilia kept with the diary: a letter, newspaper clippings, postcard and photograph.
Storylines Festival and Family Day [Kids]
Find out about the fun events of Storylines Family Day, which will take place on Sunday 23 August at Upper Riccarton Library.
National Geographic Virtual Library [blog post]
High standards since 1888 has meant this magazine has a worldwide circulation in the millions. National Geographic has not just raised public awareness of the importance of natural places and wildlife, it has also actively funded scientific research including that of mountain gorilla expert Dian Fossey and discoverer of the sunken Titanic, Robert Ballard.
Shirley Library will remain open during its 9-week repair programme [news]
From Monday 24 August 2015 Christchurch City Council is repairing the Shirley Library, near The Palms, at 36 Marshlands Road.
From Kip to Glen [blog post]
Discover our recently digitised collection of World War II letters and cards, 1940-1945, written by Howard Kippenberger.
This week in Christchurch history (17 to 23 August) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Lawrence of Arabia: not just a WWI hero! [blog post]
Ruby2shoesnz delves into the life of Lawrence of Arabia.
Warm patrons of literature [blog post]
Anthony Trollope visited New Zealand in August 1872 - Bronwyn tells us what he thought of the experience.
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards [new]
Previously sponsored by NZ Post, the New Zealand Book Awards have a new name and sponsor.
Science and Nature August 2015 newsletter
Books on endangered species, evolution, and stunning images from the Hubble telescope.
Biography and Memoir August 2015 newsletter
In this month's Biography and Memoir newsletter: romantic outlaws, mountain climbers, double agents, and editor Sarah Hepola's memoir of her life as as an alcoholic.. Subscribe to get this newsletter delivered by email to your inbox or read it online each month.
Fiction A to Z August 2015 newsletter
Fantastic new titles for fiction lovers. Subscribe to get this newsletter delivered by email to your inbox or read it online each month.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Biography [updated]
Find out the latest winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction [updated]
Find out the latest winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.
New Order’s Peter Hook on running a revolutionary club [blog post]
New Order bassist Peter Hook wrote The Hacienda: How not to run a club - a very interesting and transparent account.
Know thyself - New Zealand eBooks with Wheelers
One way to absorb, enjoy and learn about New Zealand's unique culture is through its fiction and non-fiction. This is where Wheelers comes in with eBook titles by New Zealanders or about New Zealand.
3D printing parts - Hover board lifts off [blog post]
Luka has entered his home built Hover board which utilises Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) technology into a school science fair. He was encountering some issues with one of the housings holding the magnets. He 3D modelled himself a new design using Google SketchUp and contacted us to see if we could 3D print the parts for him.
Parenting week 2015 [blog post]
This year, Neighbourhood Trust will be running Parenting Week from 24 to 30 August at various locations around Christchurch. A week of guest speakers, workshops, seminars and activities: there is bound to be something for you.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre newsletter August 2015
Read the latest news on the new centre at Halswell.
Doctor Who Day [Flickr]
Photos from Doctor Who Day at Central Library Peterborough
Exploring nature's pattern magic [blog post]
Patterns in nature are beautiful, and this New Zealand book for kids shows them in stunning detail.
Every Story tells a Picture competition winners
The winners of the Every Story Tells A Picture competition have been announced. Three entrants each received a $100 Westfield voucher for winning their category, and a further six entrants each received a $50 Westfield voucher for being highly commended.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 [blog post]
Congratulations to all the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015!
Florence Nightingale 1820-1910 [blog post]
Florence Nightingale died on 13 August 1910 - Ruby2shoesnz tells the story of the Lady of the Lamp.
Young Adults Connect programmes [updated]
We have updated our page with the latest Young Adults Connect newsletter.
Genealogy - my way [blog post]
Roberta delves in her family history - in her own inimitable way.
Bindery Services [update]
Updated prices.
Arts and culture events [update]
Links and information about cultural events in Christchurch.
Budgie Manor - Community Read of Magpie Hall [blog post]
Friday night's improv of Magpie Hall by Rachael King was a blast.
Quick Questions with Suki Kim [blog post]
Suki Kim answered our questions ahead of her visit to Christchurch for a Shifting points of view WORD Christchurch session at the Christchurch Arts Festival.
Reading to dogs [brochure]
We have uploaded the Term 3 brochure of our Reading to dogs programme.
Reading to dogs [posters]
We have uploaded posters of the dogs who star in our Reading to Dogs programme.
Michael Robotham is coming to Christchurch [blog post]
One of the world's top crime writers will be talking at South Library, Wednesday 26 August, 6pm.
This week in Christchurch history (10 to 16 August)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
All the ways to share a bike [blog post]
Borrowable bikes are now available in the CBD. Or if you have an extra bike why not donate it to one of these worthy initiatives?
History and Current Events August 2015 newsletter
Joan of Arc, the Greek economy, Cuban spies in the US, and the amazing tale of a master swindler - plus a feature on English history.
Community Read of Magpie Hall by Rachael King [photos]
Photos of the two Community Read events, and Magpie Hall displays.
Dr Who Day and the Create your own sonic screwdriver competition [the Pulse]
Central Library Peterborough is hosting a Doctor Who themed event on Saturday 15 August 2015, and there's a sonic screwdriver comp that goes until 20 September.
Thrillers and Suspense August 2015 newsletter
Featuring in this month's Thrillers and Suspense newsletter: a selection of read-alikes for fans of John Connolly's work; some country noir; and a serial murderer in Stockholm.
Armchair Travel August 2015 newsletter
This month's newsletter includes a road trip in a covered wagon along the Oregon Trail; pirate hunters; and Taxi Gourmet blogger Layne Mosler's experiences in Berlin, Buenos Aires and New York.
Gallipoli - the August Campaigns [blog post]
Katherine looks backat the battles of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.
A shed of your own [blog post]
Jane explores The Dark night of the shed, and other sheddy things.
A half circle journey - Suki Kim and North Korea [blog post]
Find out more about North Korea from Suki Kim's intense memoir.
Political systems 1940s style [blog post]
"Socialism: You have 2 cows. Given one to your neighbour. Communism: You have two cows. Give both to the Govt. The Govt gives you milk."
Happy birthday Andy Warhol [blog post]
Yesterday was Andy's birthday. Robyn is a big fan and here she shows some new Warhol trends.
Re-reading - either you do or don't [blog post]
Jane is not a re-reader, but she looks at why some people are.
Bonjour, Ciao, Buenos Dias! [blog post]
Bibliobishi picks up sticks and moves (vicariously) to France, Italy, and Spain.
Recent necrology, July 2015 [blog post]
We list some of the well-known people who have died recently, and link to their work in our catalogue.
Killing Jokes [blog post]
Robyn thinks you should see The Ladykillers at the Court Theatre, and here's why.
Teen Scene August 2015 newsletter
Fragile relationships, thrilling road trips, and walking corpses - check out the latest Teen Scene newsletter for all this and lots more.
This week in Christchurch history (3 to 9 August)
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Best reads for bogans [blog post]
Are we about to see a Bogan Renaissance? We've got your bogan reading and watching covered.
Buying a car, motorbike, or boat [updated]
This page lists resources that will help when buying a new - or new for you - car, bike or boat.
Happy birthday Parklands Library! [blog post]
Parklands Library is ten this week and there are community events for you to join in with.
Outliers [blog post]
Ben read Malcolm Gladwell's book and learns something about success.
Quick questions with Margaret Wilson [blog post]
We talk to Margaret Wilson ahead of her visit to Christchurch.
Writing and reading [blog post]
Have a look at what's hot in August.
A beautiful place to die [blog post]
Alina recommends two very different titles.
Binge watching TV [blog post]
Purplerulz recommends some good telly to get stuck into.
Top of the web - July 2015 [blog post]
Explore what was popular on the web and social media in July.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Ataahua (beautiful) [blog post]
To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.
Every Doctor must have his day [blog post]
Calling all Whovians! Central Library Peterborough is hosting a Doctor Who themed event on Saturday the 15th of August.
Cook Islands Language Week 2015 [blog post]
Aranui Library will be hosting a community event in the form of a Cook Islands Maori Language themed storytime on Thursday 6 August, 11am-11.30am