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Pick your favourite name for the new Halswell facility
The community has until Sunday 8 February to vote for one of six possible names for the new library, pool and community facility currently under construction in Halswell.
Picture books newsletter - January 2015
Explore our latest batch of new picture books, including some from Te Papa.
Dr G answers
Dr G answers relationship and health questions for teens. We have just added a new question and answer.
Kite Day [photos]
Photos from New Brighton's Kite Day on Saturday 24 January 2015.
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury - Friday 6 February 2015
Find out what is happening around the region to celebrate Waitangi Day. 2015 is the 175th anniversary of the Treaty's signing.
RSS: New fiction
All of the fiction that arrived over the past week.
RSS: New non-fiction
All the non-fiction books that arrived over the past week.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
PressDisplay - unlimited access and joy [blog post]
PressDisplay now has unlimited access, and has added over 800 online magazines.
It's Oscar time [blog post]
Oscar nominations have been announced, you can catch up on lots of them from the Library before the February 22 ceremony (Monday 23 in NZ), as well as the books they are based on.
CV and cover letter week at Linwood Library at Eastgate 2 to 5 February
We'll help with your CV. We'll help with your cover letter. We'll help upload them to your email and print 3 copies to give you for free. Book now for your appointment with a librarian.
Over 5,800 courses and 260,000 tutorials on software, creative and business skills, users of any skill level can take on bite-size tutorials for immediate problem solving or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics.
Biography and Memoir January 2015 newsletter
Interesting Kiwis dominate this month's Biography and Memoir newsletter. And for the royalty fans, there are two new biographies of Queen Victoria, as well as of Napoleon and his wife Josephine.
Costa Book Awards [updated]
Find out the category winners of the Costa Book Awards. One of these winners will receive the Costa Book of the Year Award, which will be announced on 27 January 2015.
Community advice [updated]
We have added information on Justices of the Peace (JPs) and Citizens Advice Bureau at our libraries.
Fiction A to Z January 2015 newsletter
Famous names dominate our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter: Peter Carey, Roxane Gay, Haruki Murakami and Josť Saramago. We also focus on 2014 debuts.
Isaac House [photo set]
Photos of Isaac House, 779 Colombo Street.
Gavin Bishop and Digital Stories at eBook Club
After Skype interviewing illustrator and author Gavin Bishop, kids created their own digital story.
Preschool storytimes 2015
Our Babytimes and Storytimes sessions start on 10 February 2015.
Christmas Cards, Army Kit and Uniform from WW1 exhibition [photos]
Photos from an exhibition at Central Library Peterborough.
Thrillers and Suspense January 2015 newsletter
In this month's newsletter: the latest by James W. Hall, Barbara Hambly and Ovidia Yu, one of Singapore's best-known writers. We also revisit some 2014 debuts.
Soundtrack to Summer Competition [Pulse]
Love composing songs or creating playlists? Enter one or both of our Soundtrack to Summer competitions and be in to win a Westfield Riccarton voucher.
New titles January 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 November 2014.
Top of the web 2014
A look back at the webpages, tweets, photos, Facebook and blog posts that proved popular in 2014.
Top of the web - December 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
A post on which Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular in December.
Kia ora. In January we celebrate all the fun of summer and jump into the New Year. Find out more about what is on in Christchurch.
January 2015 Editions
Read our latest newsletter for Summertimes events and more.
Teen Scene January 2015 newsletter
Are you a fan of the Hunger Games or the Divergent series? Don't miss 'Stranger', the first novel in a new series that we are sure you'll love. Find this and other great reads in our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Most popular items in 2014
Find out which books and authors were the most popular at Christchurch City Libraries in 2014.
Selling the Dream: Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters [photos]
Photos from the Canterbury Museum exhibition.
Kids' Books December 2014 newsletter
This month's picks for kids include LEGO Ninjago, Hansel and Gretel as retold by Neil Gaiman, and a look at wildlife up close.
Joe Cocker RIP
A small tribute to the man with that powerhouse voice.
Picture books newsletter
See our picks for December's picture books.
What's up at Central Library Peterborough
Find out about the exhibitions on now at Central Library Peterborough, and the new market and coffee cart across the road.
Christmas eMagazines from Zinio for Libraries
This Christmas - and all year round - access hundreds of popular eMagazines with Zinio for Libraries.
Summer images
A sample of photographs on the subject of summer. You can search the catalogue for more, or browse our digitised images.
Kites and Kite Day
Every year during Summertimes, Kite Day takes place on New Brighton beach, south of the pier. In 2015 it takes place on Saturday 24 January, from 1pm to 4pm.
Digging Christchurch: Underground Overground Archaeology display [blog post]
Underground Overground Archaeology have a fascinating collection of old stuff on display at South Library.
Biography and Memoir December 2014 newsletter
Brando's Smile, Childhood of an Idiot and Cabin Fever: just some of the intriguing new titles in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter. Don't miss out - subscribe to receive our newsletters direct in your inbox.
Diamond Harbour Library to re-open on Thursday
The Diamond Harbour Library is scheduled to re-open on Thursday 18 December. Its repairs have been completed.
Name the new Halswell library, pool, and community facility [competition]
Construction on the new library, pool and community facility in Halswell is coming along nicely. We need your creative input to suggest a name for what will be a major facility and permanent touchstone in the Halswell community.
New Brighton hot air balloon accident 1995
We've updated our disaster pages to include the 1995 New Brighton hot air balloon accident.
Nature and Science December 2014 newsletter
Innovators, sports science, fracking and the natural world feature in the December Nature and Science newsletter.
Wanted: catchy name [Press release]
The Christchurch City Council is running a competition to find a name for the new Halswell library, pool and community facility.
Fiction A to Z December 2014 newsletter
The offerings in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter include works by Michael Faber, David Nicholls, Richard Ford and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan. Don't miss out - subscribe to receive our newsletters direct in your inbox.
Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards
Explore the winners and finalists of the 2014 awards.
History and Current Events newsletter
Liberty Style, Bungalows and Gin, Glorious Gin feature in our December History and Current Events newsletter.
Summertime Reading Club
Our annual Summertime Reading programme is underway for kids between 5 and 12 years old inclusive. The competition runs between 9 am 8 December 2014 and 5 pm 23 January 2015.
My best fiction reads of 2014 [blog post]
Best picks from our fiction selector.
Season's Greetings
We wish you and yours all the best for Christmas and the New Year from Christchurch City Libraries.
Christmas parades [updated]
Christchurch has enjoyed Christmas parades since the 1930s when T. J. Armstrong & Co created floats for parades.
Armchair Travel December 2014 newsletter
Fly away with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter to your pick of exotic locations.
Thrillers and Suspense December 2014 newsletter
Our December Thrillers and Suspense newsletter features the latest by Christchurch's own Paul Cleave.
Teen Scene December 2014 newsletter
Crossing into parallel dimensions, mummified bats, and the first in a new series by Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy - our December Teen Scene is full of goodies!
Historical Fiction November 2014 newsletter
Gutenberg's Apprentice and treason feature in our November Historical Fiction newsletter.
Kids' Books November 2014 newsletter
Our latest selection of fun reads for primary school kids is here. Subscribe to receive it regularly in your inbox.
Freegal Friday - a Filipino Christmas [blog post]
Check out Hayley's favourite Filipino Christmas songs and start downloading to enjoy a Pinoy soundtrack during the festive season!
CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Daggers [updated]
Crime writing fan? Find out who has been awarded the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, the International Dagger and the (Ellis Peters) Historical Dagger.
Costa Book Awards [updated]
Find which authors made the shortlists in the prestigious Costa Book Awards.
Help us to identify Christchurch's "retro shopkeepers" [blog post]
Only two shopkeepers left to identify! The Press has been helping former Canterbury University fine arts student Hamish Thompson identify the retro shopkeepers he took photos of in 1977.
Best book covers of 2014 - My pick of New Zealand's finest [blog post]
Some picks of great New Zealand book covers.
Have your say on the new Sumner library and community facility [blog post]
Come along to share your ideas on the new Sumner community facility at the Sumner Union Church Hall, corner of Hardwick and Nayland Streets - Sunday 23 November, 10.30am to 1.30pm.
Ballantynes' Fire photos
View historic photos related to the Ballantynes' Fire, and the Memorial Rose Garden.
Ballantynes' Fire [updated]
The fire at the Ballantynes Department store in Christchurch on 18 November 1947 was the worst fire in New Zealand's history. Forty-one people died and the resulting Royal Commission recommended urgent changes to the building regulations and fire prevention and firefighting throughout the country.
Ballantynes' Fire anniversary [blog post]
Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Ballantynes' Fire. Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga, has posted news reel footage from the National Film Unit.
Biography and Memoir November 2014 newsletter
This month's newsletter brings you a veritable bumper crop of biographies and memoirs, including several New Zealand ones.
Holiday Hours
Explore library hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Fantasy newsletter November 2014
This month's fantasy newsletter features new titles plus titles about carnivals and cicuses.
Guardian Children's Fiction Award [Kids] [updated]
We have updated our list to include Piers Torday, the winner of the 2014 Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Betty Gilderdale Award [Kids] [updated]
Robyn Southam is the latest recipient of the Betty Gilderdale Award. We list all past recipients.
Fiction A to Z November 2014 newsletter
From German concentration camps, to modern Delhi, via henna houses in 1920s Yemen. Plus this month we revisit some great foodie reads.
Christchurch Stands Tall [photos]
Photos of giraffes in libraries and around town.
Fact sheet [updated]
We have added 2013/2014 statistics to our page on Christchurch City Libraries.
All our libraries will be closed on Friday 14 November for Show Day
See our holiday hours for 2014 and 2015.
New Zealand Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Anniversary [updated]
Find out about the traditional activities of the province's anniversary holiday and New Zealand Cup and Show Week.
The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show [updated]
This page explores the history of the Canterbury A&P Show and the origins of Show Day.
Home, Garden and DIY November 2014 newsletter
New Home, Garden and DIY reads with a focus on papermaking and crafts.
History and Current Events November 2014 newsletter
New history and current events reads with a focus on Britain.
Popular Culture November 2014 newsletter
New popular culture reads and selected summer sport titles.
Horse racing photos
To celebrate Cup Day, here are some historic images of horse racing in Christchurch.
The Bridge of Remembrance is 90 years old [blog post]
The Bridge of Remembrance was officially opened by Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, Armistice Day 11 November 1924.
Thrillers and Suspense November 2014 newsletter
In the latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter: Agent Scully from the X-Files debuts as an author and Sophie Hannah brings Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot back to life in a brand-new mystery.
Diamond Harbour Library to stay closed for 5 weeks
The Diamond Harbour Hall and Library will remain closed for approximately five weeks for a complete re-cladding.
Armistice Day 11 November
The traditional Armistice Day service in Christchurch has been moved to Remembrance Sunday 9 November 2014. Find out more about Armistice Day.
LexisNexis Practical Guidance
Access to a broad collection of guidance notes, commentary, checklists, precedents, cases and legislation across five practice areas: criminal, employment, family, resource management, and trusts. Access this at any of our libraries.
Closure of Diamond Harbour Library [updated]
The Diamond Harbour Hall and Library will be closed for at least another week as a precaution after the discovery of asbestos panelling beneath the building.
Teen Scene November 2014 newsletter
Browse our latest Teen Scene newsletter for new titles and staff picks. Subscribe to make sure you are always the first in the know.
Remembering Parihaka - 5 November 1881 [blog post]
Parihaka is an important event in New Zealand's history. Lyttelton Community House wish to invite you to attend the Annual Parihaka Remembrance service on Wednesday 5 November.
Lyttelton Library reopens today 1pm [Tues 4 Nov]
Lyttelton Library was closed yesterday due to a power outage. It is reopening today at 1pm.
Top of the web October 2014 [Bibliofile blog]
Find out what was popular on our websites last month.
Find out about the peaceful resistance to the militia invasion of the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka on 5 November 1881 and the Christchurch connection to this significant historical event.
Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes takes place on 5 November. The day celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
Historical fiction newsletter October 2014
Read the latest historical fiction in our October Historical fiction newsletter.
Diamond Harbour Library closed
The Diamond Harbour Library is closed until further notice, from today. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Halloween [updated]
Explore ghoulish delights, horror stories, and Halloween costumes at your libraries.
FESTA 2014 [photos]
Photos from the Festival of Transitional Architecture that took place over Labour Weekend.
Book out and read in [photos]
Photos from the Festival of Transitional Architecture event at the Tree Houses for Swamp dwellers.
Picture books newsletter October 2014
There are lots of colourful monsters in this week's selection of cool new picture books.
Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards shortlist
Find out which books have been nominated for the 2014 prizes.
Mobile Library timetable [updated]
Check our timetable to see where the Mobile Van will be visiting.
Kids' Books October 2014 newsletter
With Hallowe'en around the corner, the focus of this newsletter is on spine-tingling tales, as well of course as the usual selection of new titles.
Nature and Science Newsletter October 2014
Unmanned space exploration is the star of the October Nature and Science newsletter.
WW100: New Zealand's First World War centenary commemorations [updated]
We have added some new booklists into our WW100 page.
Labour Day Monday 27 October [blog post]
All our libraries are closed on Monday for Labour Day. Find out what this public holiday is about, and see some photos of Christchurch at work.
Biography and Memoir October 2014 newsletter
This month's Biography and Memoir newsletter features foster children, medical examiners, Maeve Binchy, Simone Signoret and the usual smorgasbord of intriguing life stories.
Zinefest Christchurch 2014 [photos]
Photos from Zinefest at the Dark Room on Saturday 18 October 2014.
Heritage Week 2014 [photos}
Photos from Heritage Week events including Discover Central City on Sunday 19 October.
Tales on the Caterpillar [photos]
Photos from a Heritage Week event - riding on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar and telling stories for the kids.
Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement 2014
Jack Lasenby will be honoured for fiction, Ian Wedde for poetry and Jock Phillips for non-fiction - each will be awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature.
Labour Day [kids]
Information on Labour Day for kids - find about the 8 hour working week and Samuel Parnell.
November is a busy month in Canterbury. The region is on show as we celebrate New Zealand Cup and Show Week, Canterbury Anniversary Day, the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association (A&P) Show, and more.
Labour Day
Find out about the history and origins of Labour Day. All our libraries will be closed next Monday 27 October 2014 for Labour Day.
Editions November 2014
Explore what's new in Christchurch and at the library.