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Catalogue and database outage on Easter Monday 21 April 2014
There will be a system outage on Easter Monday. There will be no access to our catalogue. All the Source databases including Press Display, Freegal, and OverDrive will be unavailable. The outage is due to scheduled maintenance. Services may be affected from 8am until 8pm on Monday 21 April 2014. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Easter
Find out more about the Easter season and check out our Easter resources.
Easter holiday hours
We are closed Good Friday 18 April and on Easter Monday 21 April. Our libraries are open their normal hours on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April - except for Linwood Library at Eastgate which will be closed on Easter Sunday. Happy Easter from all of us at Christchurch City Libraries.
Steampunk Runway Competition
Year 9 to 13 students can enter our Steampunk runway competition. The show will be on Saturday 2 August 2014 at 7pm. Enter by Friday 18 July.
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.
Pulitizer Prize [updated]
The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded. Donna Tartt won the Fiction Prize with The Goldfinch.
Biography and Memory April 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Armchair Travel April 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Armchair Travel newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Thrillers and Suspense Aprl 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
The World Book Early World of Learning [the Source]
Access an interactive learning resource developed by early childhood education experts for preschoolers and children in early primary school.
World Book Discover [the Source]
Access to reference resources for reluctant readers, students with learning difficulties, adult literacy students or those who are learning English as a second language. Provided through the Source: use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
World Book Online Craft Corner [the Source]
Access to thousands of engaging projects suitable for a broad spectrum of hobbyists - from beginner to experienced, for children and adults. Provided through the Source: use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
Autumn Reading Competition [Kids]
Win a day trip to Orana Park for your class or family. Just enter the 2014 Christchurch City Libraries Autumn Reading Competition featuring the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
There are 6 titles on the shortlist - explore these choice picks.
George Bernard Shaw in New Zealand [blog post]
GBS visited New Zealand in 1934. Find out about his views on intellectual Christchurch, the Catholic Cathedral and New Zealand's "communistic institutions".
The Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 [new in the Source]
The historical archive of the Daily Mail in a fully searchable and browseable digital format. Contains advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Picture book finalists
Find out the five finalists for this year's award.
2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Non-Fiction finalists
Find out the five finalists for this year's award.
2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Young Adult Fiction finalists
Find out the five finalists for this year's award.
2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Junior Fiction finalists
Find out the five finalists for this year's award.
Notable New Zealand books 2014 [kids]
The list of Notable Books reflects the wide-ranging achievements of New Zealand authors and illustrators. Here is the 2014 selection.
About Gale NewsVault [the Source, updated]
Search all Gale's historical newspaper collections at the same time.
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival
The Festival runs from 22 April to 27 April 2014. This year's festival will use a hotel ballroom, churches, restaurants and bars as venues. Check out our history and resources.
Teen Scene April 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Teen Scene newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
New titles April 2014
Our newly arrived titles, now across seven genres: digital (eBooks & eAudiobooks), fiction, non-fiction, audio and video, children's, large print and young adults. These items arrived in March 2014.
About the Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 [the Source]
Access the historical archive of the Daily Mail in a fully searchable and browseable digital format. Contains advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society.
Public wifi outage
There are issues with our public wifi and our IT team are working on it. We apologise for any inconvenience.
New Regent Street [updated]
New Regent Street is 82 today - we have updated our blog post linking to plans, photos, and more about the history of New Regent Street.
Editions - April 2014
Our monthly bulletin links you with what's new on our websites. Subscribe to get it straight to your in box!
Thinking - Whakaaro
Kia ora. In April we focus on thinking, learning, researching, and discovering.
Semester 2 2014 programme for Science Alive
We have added in next semester's sessions - including music, static electricity, smell, and more.
Holiday programmes for April and May
We have updated our information on Christchurch holiday programmes including Robotics at Science Alive.
What's on for teens [the Pulse]
We have updated our list of events and classes for teens in Christchurch.
Talk to the team about the new Central Library
Come along to our libraries to talk to Christchurch City Council and Christchurch City Libraries staff about the New Central Library.
Picture books March 2014 newsletter
A great selection of new picture books including a wonderful book about favourite animals by Eric Carle and other famous picture book writers.
Kids' Books March 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Help design your dream library [media release]
The Your Library, Your Voice campaign gives the people of Christchurch a unique opportunity to get involved in the New Central Library planned for Cathedral Square.
Over 50,000 items at Christchurch City Libraries book sale
Our Big Bargain Book Sale is on from Friday 21 March to Saturday 22 March at Pioneer Stadium
New Central Library
The city's New Central Library (Nga Kete Wananga o Otautahi) will be built in Cathedral Square and the Christchurch City Council wants your input on the design. What exciting things do you want to do in our New Central Library? How should the building look and feel? The Your Library, Your Voice campaign runs from Friday 21 March to Friday 2 May 2014. Take the opportunity to have your say about this exciting Council-led anchor project.
Biography and Memoir March 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Fiction A to Z March 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Telling tales at The Pallet Pavilion Story Festival [blog post]
Join The Story Collective for a weekend of storytelling. Enjoy a wide variety of performances, participatory events, and creative workshops. The Story Festival start on the evening of Friday 14 March and runs until Sunday 16 March at the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion, corner of Kilmore and Durham Streets.
District Plan Review - We'd like your input [blog post]
The Christchurch City Council is reviewing its district plan - incorporating the Christchurch City Plan and the Banks Peninsula District Plan - which sets out the provisions governing the use of land. Find out more.
April-May School Holiday Programmes
Our Learning Centres run fun, accessible, safe and affordable activities for children during their school holidays. Book now to make sure you don't miss out!
Community information and advice [updated]
We have updated our page on community information and have added in a calendar of Justices of the Peace and Citizen Advice Bureau availability at some libraries.
New OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids [kids blog]
Some fresh reading ideas for kids.
March star author Johanna Knox [kids blog]
Our marvellous March Star Author is New Zealand author, Johanna Knox.
Thrillers and Suspense March 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Photography class starts Saturday 8 March at South Learning Centre [blog post]
Want to learn how to use your digital camera better? How about popping along to this class at our South Learning Centre in Beckenham. It takes place over the next two Saturdays.
Chinese eBooks now available on OverDrive [blog post]
We have just introduced a collection of Chinese eBook titles into OverDrive with a view to exploring other languages as content becomes available. We recognise that English is not necessarily the first language of our members.
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 longlist
Formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction, this longlist includes Donna Tartt, Margaret Atwood, and Eleanor Catton.
Blinding us with science, and China in our hands: Marcus Chown and Jung Chang in Christchurch next week
There are some tasty literary events coming to Christchurch on 11 and 12 March.
Big Bargain Book Sale 21 and 22 March [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries holds an annual book sale. The 2014 book sale will held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre on Friday 21 March 9am to 7pm, Saturday 22 March 9am to 4pm.
Little River Library closed today
Little River Library is closed Wednesday 5 March due to flooding.
Diamond Harbour Library closed today and tomorrow
The Library is not open on Wednesdays normally, but will not be open on Thursday either due to leaks related to the bad weather.
Spreydon Library closed Wednesday 5 March
Spreydon Library is closed today due to flooding on Barrington Street.
Avon River in town today [photos]
Some photos taken this morning around 7.40am of flooding in town by the Avon River.
Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Teen Scene newsletter online and discover some great new titles. You can also subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Win a signed copy of Canterbury Quake [kids blog]
February's Star Author Desna Wallace, has kindly offered us a signed copy of her new book, Canterbury Quake, to give away. Find out more about the competition.
Picture books February newsletter
A great selection of new picture books including robots and more.
Children's Day Sunday 2 March
Christchurch's event is Streets Children's Day, Sunday 2 March 2014 at Ferrymead Heritage Park, 9am to 4pm. Find out more about our services and collections for kids.
Audacious - A Festival of Sonic Arts [blog post]
Throughout the first weekend of March, central Christchurch will resonate with an exciting programme of sonic art installations, workshops, sound walks and performances at Audacious, Canterbury's first ever Festival of Sonic Arts.
Culture Galore Festival [updated]
Culture Galore is an outdoor multicultural festival. This year it will be held on Saturday 8 March. Find out more about the festival and about the library's resources for new settlers.
Kids' Books February 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Dame Ngaio Marsh [updated]
We have updated our page on Christchurch crime writing and theatre legend Ngaio Marsh.
Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes [updated]
We have updated our page on the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Armageddon Expo 2014 [the Pulse]
The Armageddon pop culture expo is back in Christchurch on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March. Find out more about the event plus graphic novels, comics, gaming stuff and more at the library.
Multisport [updated]
Best of luck to everyone doing the Coast to Coast this weekend. Here is our page of multisport resources.
Valentine's Day photos [Facebook album]
A collection of Valentine's Day related images from our collection.
The Gladstone Hotel [updated]
A short history of the Gladstone Hotel and its role as a music venue.
Valentine's Day [updated]
This guide will help you find out more about Valentine's Day and highlight some romantic books, movies and music.
About Road to IELTS: General [the Source, updated]
You can now register to track your progress - a new development after a recent upgrade.
About Road to IELTS: Academic [the Source, updated]
You can now register to track your progress - a new development after a recent upgrade.
Childrens' mathematics picture books [updated]
A selection of fun picture books to help introduce mathematical concepts to children 4-8 years old.
Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Armchair Travel newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Thrillers and Suspense February 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Image collection: Waitangi Day
A sample of photographs on the subject of Waitangi Day and Maori/Pakeha interaction. You can search our catalogue for more, or browse our digital collections.
Libraries closed on Waitangi Day
Kia ora. Our libraries will be closed for Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February 2014.
Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book 2014
This year's winner is Grandma McGarvey by Jenny Hessell, illustrated by Trevor Pye. Find out previous winners.
Teen Scene February 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Teen Scene newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
February Star author - Desna Wallace
Desna is our star author on the kids blog. She is a school librarian and writer whose first novel is published this month - My New Zealand Story: Canterbury quake.
Wheelers eBooks [the Source]
Access a free eBook service of fiction and non-fiction titles. The collection focuses on New Zealand titles. Access this with your library card number and password / PIN. Currently available outside libraries only.
Treaty Zone for kids
Follow Whetu Marama and her Koro (Grandfather) through our kids' resource on Te Tiriti o Waitangi - the Treaty of Waitangi.
Mobile Library timetable [updated]
Changes to our Mobile Library service timetable for 2014.
Picture books January newsletter
A great selection of new picture books including some of fossils and animals.
Classical Sparks
A listing of the music for ASB Classical Sparks on Saturday 1 February 2014.
Ten years ago today ... Janet Frame died [blog post]
Some quotes and memories about New Zealand writer Janet Frame.
Janet Frame [updated]
Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished writer, died in Dunedin of leukemia on 29 January 2004. She was 79.
Randolph Caldecott Medal [Kids]
The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children. We list the latest winner and Honor Award recipients.
John Newbery Medal [Kids]
The John Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for Children. We list the latest winner and Honor Award recipients.
Kids' Books January 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Science Alive 2014 free after school programme
Starting from 10 February, Science Alive presents a free after school science programme in ten libraries across Christchurch. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week! Programmes run during term time except the first week and no bookings are required.
New Zealand Women's Open golf [updated]
The major professional golf event for in New Zealand for women golfers, the ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open is played at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch, 31 January to 2 February 2014. This page details the event, and links to golf resources at your library.
Golf [updated]
This page connects you with Christchurch golf history, tournaments, online and library resources as well as courses to play and clubs to join in Canterbury.
Chinese (Lunar) New Year [updated]
The Year of the Horse begins on Friday 31 January. Learn more about Lunar New Year traditions and relevant resources available on our website and in our libraries.
Biography and Memoir January 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Fantasy January 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fantasy newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Collections [updated]
This page lists all the major collections and types of resources held in our libraries.
Fiction A to Z January 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Central Library Manchester [photos]
Photos of the library opening on Monday 20 January, and of the library.
Central Library Manchester [media release]
The new temporary library at 36 Manchester Street (on the corner of Allen Street) is scheduled to open on Monday 20 January.
Most popular books at Christchurch City Libraries 2013
We have compiled reports on the most popular titles. Popularity has been calculated by the number of holds or checkouts. See what titles were Christchurch's favourites.
Linwood Library at Eastgate will be opening on Sundays from 2 February
The Linwood Library at Eastgate will be open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays from 2 February 2014.
Lyttelton Road Tunnel
A brief guide to the history of the Lyttelton Road Tunnel and library resources about the tunnel.
Interactive poetry for summertime [blog post]
There is still time for you to come to South Library at 11am or Shirley Library at 2pm on Monday 20 January for a free 30 minutes of original poetry and fun with Greg O'Connell.
Thrillers and Suspense January 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Costa Book Awards Category Winners
Winners of the Costa Book Awards for the Biography, Novel, First Novel, Poetry and Children's Book categories have been announced. The overall winner of the Book of the Year Award will be announced later in January.
British Newspaper Archive
Access historical national and regional newspapers from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Includes many regional newspapers digitised and searchable for the first time. N.B. this resource is available in libraries only due to licensing restrictions.
Teen Scene January 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Teen Scene newsletter online and discover some great new titles. You can also subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
Oi YOU Rise Street Art [photos]
Photos from the exhibition at Canterbury Museum and the Big Walls around town.