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Water [updated]
Sources of information about water in Canterbury.
Kids' Books July 2015 newsletter
In this month's newsletter: Jurassic World, silly space adventures, creative coding, and a special focus on animals.
Henry Bottle: Shipboard diary and six letters, 1879-1884
The diary records the voyage of the Himalaya from London to Lyttelton, and starts on January 11, 1879, finishing on April 14, 200 miles short of the port of Lyttelton. One letter, undated, is written on part of the diary. The letters recount early experiences in Waimate and Oamaru.
Howard Kippenberger - World War II letters and cards, 1940-1945
The letters are written by Howard Kippenberger (Kip) to Glen and May Morgan. In 1939 at the outbreak of war he was given command of the 20th Canterbury/Otago Battalion. As these letters show, he served in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, rising to the rank of Major General.
Social media and technology in te reo Maori [blog post]
How do you say Facebook in Maori? Find out!
Te reo on the go [blog post]
Kirsten get techie with te reo Maori.
Picture books newsletter July 2015
The latest in pic book goodness - including some ninja books.
Beginner's kete to learning basic Maori language [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries / Nga Kete Wananga o Otautahi values the role it has in supporting te reo Maori. We encourage you to learn to speak te reo Maori and have created this basic kete to get you started.
Mihimihi and Te Reo Maori resources [updated]
Introducing yourself with a mihimihi? These resources can help.
Getting personal with the Daily Mail Historical Archive [blog post]
Before the internet, people had to try and contact others in other ways - including the personals in newspapers.
Kia ora Christchurch City Libraries customers [blog post]
Some library statistics from the 2014/2015 year.
Facebook - Pukamata [blog post]
A guide to Facebook.
EBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines
Our new page on eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines.
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori in soundbites [blog post]
Pronunciation comes from listening and practise so here are some links to some soundbites to encourage you.
Te Kupu o te Wiki - E te tau (darling) [blog post]
To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.
National Poetry Day 2015 [new]
About National Poetry Day, Friday 28 August.
Christchurch street and place names [updated]
This resource aims to give the origins of Christchurch street and place names. It is researched by libraries' staff and updated every few months.
Ka pai rawe Finnian [blog post]
Watch a video showing the importance of Maori pronunciation.
New Central Library progress [photos]
We've uploaded some new photos showing the progress of the New Central Library site.
Every Story Tells a Picture competition [blog post]
The Every Story Tells a Picture competition closes at the end of the month - here are some suggestions to inspire your entry.
Honey, Hives and Hierarchy [blog post]
Purplerulz reviews a fantasy book with a difference.
What to read when you’re sick in bed [blog post]
Roberta has some - more or less - restorative suggestions.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2015 [blog post]
The theme of this year's celebrations is whangaihia nga matua - helping parents to pass te reo on to their tamariki.
What Now filming at South Library [Flickr]
What Now filming stop motion animation class at South Learning Centre, 15 July 2015.
Remembering a wonderfully wacky Word Witch [blog post]
Julie remembers Margaret Mahy.
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.
Cook Islands Language Week - Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Kuki ‘Airani
In 2015 Cook Islands Language week will take place from 3 - 9 August.
Gardening [updated]
Find out about gardening and garden-related information and resources in our collection.
Arts and crafts for kids [updated]
We have updated our page of arty activities and resources for kids.
All about Yves - a passion for fashion [blog post]
Find out about some of the fashion docos showing at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Helping Canterbury kids with anxiety [blog post]
Local initiative to help kids deal with anxiety by reading books about The Worry Bug.
Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers [updated]
Updated with 2015 shortlist
Biography and Memoir July 2015 newsletter
Keen to walk a mile in someone else's shoes? This month's Biography and Memoir newsletter lets you peek into the lives of, among others, wrestler Booker T., callgirl Sasha, a NY cop, and Japanese women of the late 19th century.
This week in Christchurch history (20 to 26 July) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre July 2015 newsletter [PDF]
The latest newsletter is online now.
Fiction A to Z July 2015 newsletter
From whimsical and charming fiction to Southern Gothic "grit lit" - this month's Fiction A to Z newsletter ranges far and wide to bring you intriguing and absorbing reads for all tastes.
Government Life building in Cathedral Square - opened 17 July 1964 [blog post]
Donna remembers the Government Life building which opened 51 years ago today and was demolished in 2014.
Building - a guide to getting started [updated]
Building or renovating? This page links you to useful resources.
Writing [updated]
Resources and materials for people who want to improve their writing or get material published.
The power of forgiveness [blog post]
Kat finds reading The Railway Man an astonishing and moving experience.
Art [updated]
Our libraries have a wealth of art-related resources.
Food and drink [updated]
Discover our resources for cooks and food lovers - from cookbooks to food history and food dictionaries.
Belle [blog post]
Dido Belle was an admiral's illegitimate mixed-race daughter who embarked on a mission to abolish slavery in eighteenth-century England.
Winter Reading Challenge
Head along to Central Manchester or Central Peterborough libraries, get your reading "Bingo card" and be in to win!
Popular Culture picks from our latest newsletter
Must-reads for golf fans, Johnny Rotten's memoir, and an essential guide for fangirls and more in the Pop Culture newsletter.
Home, Garden and DIY: picks from our latest newsletter
Home design that works with kids, good eats in your garden, woodworking, easy upholstery, and all things vintage in our latest Home, Garden & DIY newsletter.
Best picks: The Christchurch NZIFF programme [blog post]
The Christchurch programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival has been released and some great films are on offer.
History and Current Events July 2015 Newsletter
The Georgians, Middle East politics, Japanese-Americans in WWII, and the birth of Modernist art - all this and more in the History and Current Events newsletter.
Ant the daring War Dog who flew with his master and was awarded the VC [blog post]
Read about remarkable war dog Ant.
Nurses at war: Anna Rogers at South Library, Saturday 25 July
Anna Rogers, author of While You're Away: New Zealand Nurses at War 1899-1948, will talk about the contribution made by these remarkable women.
Thrillers and Suspense July 2015 newsletter
In this month's Thrillers and Suspense newsletter: Jack the Ripper and Harvest Man threaten Londoners and a potential nuclear detonation threatens the world.
This week in Christchurch history (13 to 19 July) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Rainbow Warrior bombing [updated]
It is 30 years since the Greenpeace vessel The Rainbow Warrior was bombed in the Waitemata Harbour. The crew managed to escape, apart from photographer Fernando Pereira, who drowned.
There is nothing new under the sun [blog post]
Colleen looks at some of the words recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary. And we have the full OED available online for you.
Papanui Library to close for repairs from Weds 12 August [news]
Papanui Library will be closed for repairs from Wednesday 12 August 2015. It is scheduled to reopen Monday 12 October 2015.
Don’t forget your family, yeah [blog post]
We are running two Family History programmes in August.
Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth! [blog post]
It's animals, animals, animals in new book "Creaturepedia".
Community Read 2015 [updated]
We've added some graphics - posters, bookmarks etc about the Community Read event.
Teen Scene July 2015 newsletter
This month's Teen Scene features difficult family relationships, an opposites-attract romance, and an intriguing retelling of Red Riding Hood, plus lots more great books. Be first to know: subscribe to receive this and other newsletters directly in your inbox.
Recent necrology, June 2015 [blog post]
We list some of the well-known people who have died recently, and link to their work in our catalogue.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week [updated]
Updated with information about 2015, the 40th anniversary of Maori Language Week.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel [updated]
The five finalists for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel have been announced. Find out who made the cut.
This week in Christchurch history (6 to 12 July) [blog post]
Discover some of the events that took place in Christchurch in years gone by.
Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and me [blog post]
Ben takes a look at Bernard Sumner's autobiography.
Shand's Emporium [updated]
We've updated our page on the 1860 building that recently moved to Manchester Street.
Mockingbird Songs [blog post]
Ruby2shoesnz awards 5 stars to R. J. Ellery's Mockingbird Songs.
Picture books [newsletter]
Winning Kiwi reads and a bunch more great new piccie books for kids.
Led Zeppelin and Tchaikovsky [blog post]
Delve into our musical eResources with Colleen.
Rock's Backpages [blog post]
Colleen explores our latest - and most rock-tastic - eResource. Rock's backpages is a wonderful archive of musical journalism that covers from the 1950s until today.
July 2015 newsletter
Our quarterly newsletter, as sent to all our customers.
Editions - July 2015
Our monthly newsletter highlighting what is happening at libraries.
Crafts and collecting [updated]
Love crafts or collecting? Check out our updated page of useful resources and links.
Creating - Waihanga
Make stuff! In July we connect you with things to make and do.
Spread the word: Using social media to promote community programmes and events [blog post]
Information on using Facebook and other social media platforms for community organisations.
School Horizon courses and Connect sessions [updated]
Find out what courses and sessions are available for schools during Terms 3 and 4.
Community Connections for Families [updated]
Inter-generational family-focused programmes suitable for families and children over seven years old. Discover what programmes are scheduled to take place between August and December
Community Connections for Adults [updated]
Get hands-on skills in using information and communication technologies. Discover what programmes are scheduled to take place between August and December.
Heard of Persephone Books? [blog post]
Cool grey covers, attractive endpapers, and female protagonists of another time. Prepare to become a Persephone Books fan.…
New Zealand fashion [updated]
Updated with more online resources
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction [updated]
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognise the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the United States. We have updated our pages with the 2015 winners.
Matariki competition winners [blog post]
Who has won a Kobo Glo eReader? Find out now.
Winners of the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals [blog post]
Information about the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals (book awards).
Kate Greenaway Medal [updated]
Updated with 2015 winner
Matariki event photos [Flickr]
New images of Matariki events run by Christchurch City Libraries.
A rollickin' good yarn [blog post]
A review of a historical novel that looks at the world of 18th century women boxers.
New Zealand International Film Festival 2015 [blog post]
Books made into movies or about writers in this year's NZIFF.
Christchurch Arts Festival 2015
Highlights from the programme of Christchurch's biennial arts festival including WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View.
Unfriended! [blog post]
"Say what you will, but it is not many people who lose a tooth (OK, a part of a tooth), a diary and a friend all in the space of a mere five hours." Roberta seeks solace in books - will she find it?
Kids castle quest [updated]
The castle quest leads you on a journey around a medieval castle in search of the castle's lord, for whom you have a message. In the end you may choose a reward which leads to one of four historical fiction book lists for kids.
Kids' Books June 2015 newsletter
Unusual chickens, rats with human faces and heroes galore - our latest Kids' Books newsletter has them all.
Young Adult fiction and race relations [blog post]
Race relations are currently much in the news. Alina has selected some young adult novels dealing with the issue.
3D Printing - School Horizons Programme [blog post]
Want to know more about 3D printing? How you can create something then 3D print your own design?
From a blog to a vlog to a book! [blog post]
The popularity of blogs becoming books has now moved to YouTube postings becoming books.
At home in your track pants? [blog post]
Explore our eResources for when you are at home and it's cold outside.
Shifting points of view - WORD Christchurch 30 August and 7 September 2015 [blog post]
A bumper crop of sessions from top writers and commentators. It's WORD Christchurch's part of the Christchurch Arts Festival and is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your enquiring mind.
Nebula Awards [updated]
Nebula award winners have been updated with the 2014 winners.
There is a place for you to volunteer [blog post]
In honour of this week being National Volunteer Week, Valerie takes the opportunity to thank the many volunteers in our community.
Kaiapoi Pa [updated]
Updated with information on the quake damaged Kaiapoi monument.
Speculative Fiction in Christchurch [blog post]
Spec fic is alive and well and happening in Christchurch as last weekend's Spec Fic meeting to celebrate local Sir Julius Vogel awardees testifies.
It's the Children’s Choice in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults [blog post]
More than 6,500 children and young adults from 106 schools from throughout the country have selected their own finalists. Now it's time to vote!
2015 LIANZA Children and Young Adult Book Awards Winners [blog post]
Find out who won this year's LIANZA Children and Young Adult Book Awards.
Biography and Memoir June 2015 newsletter
If you enjoy reading biographies, don't miss this month's great selection, which includes Alfred Hitchcock, Prussian princesses and legendary Hawaiian surf rider Duke Paoa Kahanamoku,
Waterloo - a decisive battle [blog post]
It is 200 years since the legendary battle of Waterloo.
Knitting on the bus [blog post]
A yarnbombed bike on the Orbiter, and a knitting outing on Worldwide Knit in Public Day.
Bloomsday 2015 [blog post]
16 June was Bloomsday - it is all about James Joyce, Nora Barnacle - and Ulysses.
New Zinio eMagazines [blog post]
See our array of exciting new eMagazines.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015
Harvest by Jim Crace is the 2015 winner.
Building - a guide to getting started [updated]
We've updated our building guide page.
The Halswell Project [blog post]
Be part of a photographic documentary record of Halswell. Willing volunteers needed to be photographed for an exhibition and inclusion in our digital heritage collection.
The LIANZA Children and Young Adult Book Awards [updated]
The LIANZA Children and Young Adult Book Awards for 2015 have been announced. Find out current and previous winners.
Matariki competition [Facebook]
Win a Kobo Glo eReader in this competition.
Farewell Ornette Coleman [blog post]
Tomorrow is still the question.
Celebrate Matariki and win an eReader! [blog post]
Comment on this post and you could win a Kobo Glo eReader.
Nature and Science June 2015 newsletter
The clever strategies of cuckoos, space travel, seeds, weeds, and the science of human sensory perception, all in our Science and Nature newsletter.
Sir Julius Vogel Awards [updated]
The Sir Julius Vogel awards are fan-voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields by New Zealanders.
Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens [updated]
We've updated our page on Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with more links, photos, and important dates in the Park and Gardens' history.
Fiction A to Z June 2015 newsletter
Browse our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter for our selection of new titles and staff picks.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults [updated]
The finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. Has your favourite book made the cut?
Ingles a tu alcance con Christchurch City Libraries [blog]
Mango Languages es un programa innovador e interactivo por medio del cual puedes aprender o practicar tu inglés con diferentes actividades incluyendo películas.
The Christchurch Town Hall [updated]
We've updated our page on the Town Hall.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre June 2015 newsletter [PDF]
The latest newsletter is online now.
Richard William Pearse (1877-1953) [updated]
Richard Pearse was a South Canterbury inventor, engineer and farmer famous for being one of the first people on earth to leave the ground in a powered aircraft.
Kemp's Purchase [updated]
Sixteen Ngai Tahu chiefs signed Kemp's Deed in Akaroa on 12 June 1848, selling the larger part of their land for 2,000 pounds, but keeping some land for settlements and reserves, including those places where they gathered food.
Happy 80th birthday Caxton Press [blog post]
The Caxton Press is 80 today. It was launched on 10 June 1935 by John Drew and poet/typographer Denis Glover to publish New Zealand literature.
Dr G [updated]
Dr G is here to provide support and suggestions for any genuine problem teens may have with health, sexual health or relationship issues. The service is supported by experts from Community and Public Health, Canterbury District Health Board.
Te Hapua - Halswell Centre [photos]
Progress photos on the New Halswell Library and Community Facility, taken 14 May 2015.
History and Current Events June 2015 newsletter
June's History and Current Events newsletter has WWII, Indian independence, Obama, and Margaret Thatcher, plus a feature celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
Thrillers and Suspense June 2015 newsletter
Got a yen to delve into the mind of Jack the Ripper? Or perhaps to join Navajo Tribal cops in their investigations? There are plenty of thrills to choose from in the June Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Armchair Travel June 2015 newsletter
A picnic in Provence, a year in Beirut or a bicycle adventure across the world? Take flight with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
The Northern Frights [blog post]
Dark and a little bit scary - lots of Scandi Noir recommendations for cold winter evenings.
Stories in a Flash [blog post]
Flash Fiction is stories of extreme brevity. Find out more and about a Flash Fiction event happening in Christchurch on 22 June.
Foodie heaven - farmers' markets [blog post]
A new farmers' market in Central Christchurch starts this week. Find out more and get some recipe inspiration.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
We've updated this page on Christchurch holiday programmes and activities with information on July school hols.
Celebrating Halswell heritage - share your Halswell photos [blog post]
Do you have photos that reflect life in Halswell? Would you be willing to lend them to the library for Kete Christchurch, our digital community archive? We'd love to have them to share with the community. All contributions will be collected, digitised and returned.
Etched in pain [blog post]
Alison reports back on a Auckland Writers Festival session with Stephanie de Montalk and Deborah Shepherd.
Urban Living Wall: engaging new interest in conservation [blog post]
A guest post from Elizabeth Guthrey of DOC - she updates us on what is happening with the Urban Living Wall.
Looking at the Korean War - photos by Norman Pierson [blog post]
Explore this collection of photographs, slides and negatives taken by Norman Pierson.
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction [updated]
The winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced. Our page lists all winners since the inception of the prize.
New titles June 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 May 2015. Also available as an email newsletter.
Skiing, snow and ice sports in Canterbury [updated]
This page has information on skiing, ice, and snow sports in Canterbury - from ski clubs to snowboarding as well as resources on snow sports and mountain safety.
Celebrating Winter [blog post]
Our theme for June is wintry, but it also brings a new start.
Snow days [updated]
A brief history of significant snowfalls in Christchurch.
Matariki 2015 [blog post]
Celebrate Matariki with us in June.
Teen Scene June 2015 newsletter
If superpowers are your thing, don't miss this month's Teen Scene newsletter. And if they are not, check it out anyway - there's some great non-superpowerish new titles. Be first to know: subscribe to receive this and other newsletters directly in your inbox.
KidsFest 2015 [blog post]
Bookings open on Tuesday 2 June 2015 for the always popular holiday programme for kids. Check out what is happening in your libraries.
Samoan Language Week 2015 [photos]
Have a look at Samoan Language Week at Christchurch City Libraries.
Friends of the Christchurch City Libraries [updated]
Updated with the latest newsletter and information on upcoming talks by Dr Jarrod Gilbert and Gwendoline Ewins.
Anna Smaill - from a writing musician to a musical writer [interview]
Masha interviews Anna Smaill author of New Zealand novel The Chimes.
Creative nonfiction [blog post]
Jane has a look at some "imaginary biographies".
Seeing and hearing Philip Ball [blog post]
Science writer Philip Ball's talk in Christchurch on the cultural history of invisibility.
Christchurch Marathon
Sunday 31 May is the day of the annual Christchurch Marathon.
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights - 13 to 21 June 2015
The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights is an annual event of lights, music and fun celebrating the Lyttelton community, Matariki, and the winter solstice.
The Art of the Novel [blog post]
Alison reports back from an Auckland Writers Festival session that featured David Mitchell, Emily St John Mandel, and Stephanie Johnson.
Queen's Birthday [updated]
Information for kids on the Queen's birthday public holiday - Monday 1 June 2015.
Football [updated]
We have updated our football page as the FIFA U-20 World Cup is coming soon to Christchurch.
Pasifika newspapers now online [blog post]
Just in time for #SamoanLanguageWeek more historical Pasifika newspapers are available on PapersPast.
Kids' writing heroes at the Auckland Writers Festival [blog post]
Masha meets kids - and writers for kids - at the Auckland Writers Festival.
World Wide Knit in Public Day - Saturday 13 June 2015
We are hosting a World Wide Knit in Public event at Central Library Peterborough on Saturday 13 June 10am to 12pm, in association with Knit World.
Picture books newsletter May 2015
Explore our latest in picture books, and some books on bugs.
Kids' Books May 2015 newsletter
Myths and legends, warring twins, and dragons taking care of humans - don't miss out our latest Kids' Books newsletter for some great reading suggestions.
WORD Christchurch Autumn Season 2015
Catch up on all our blog posts, photos, and tweets from the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season.
Auckland Writers Festival 2015
Catch up on all our blog posts from a fabulous literary festival.
Man Booker International Prize [updated]
The 2015 winner of the Man Booker International Prize has been announced. Our webpage lists all winners since the prize's inception.
Samoan Language Week 2015 [blog post]
Samoan Language Week will take place from 24 to 30 May. Find out what events will take place at Christchurch City Libraries.
Biography and Memoir May 2015 newsletter
The divine Dame Judi Dench, an Outback nurse, Robert Plant, a blind Chinese dissident, a country cop, and King Edward I are just some of the interesting life stories featuring in this month's vast selection of biographies and memoirs.
Fiction A to Z May 2015 newsletter
Browse our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter for our selection of new titles and staff picks.
WW100 - New Zealand's First World War Centenary [the Pulse]
WW100 commemorates the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2019. We have created a webpage about it especially for teens.
Ready for reading launch [photos]
Photos from the launch at Aranui Library, 13 May 2015.