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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.
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.
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.
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.
Labour weekend is FESTA time [blog post]
This weekend it is time for FESTA the Festival of Transitional Architecture. Have a look at our picks, and join us for a read-in on Sunday.
Tree houses for swamp dwellers by Julia Morison [photos]
Photos of the SCAPE artwork on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester Streets.
Fiction A to Z October 2014 newsletter
A selection of new fiction to engage, entertain and inspire you. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them directly in your inbox.
Fantasy newsletter October 2014
This month's newsletter features new titles from Robin Hobb, Tad Williams and Ilona Andrews and a selection of stories of Arthur and Merlin.
New Zealand comic creators [booklist]
Just in time for Zinefest, a new list of comics with New Zealand creators.
Heritage Week a go go [blog post]
Ride a storytram with Joe Bennett, find out about your WW1 soldier, stories on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar, cemetery tours and lots more events.
Creative writing classes for teens at Linwood Library at Eastgate
A great opportunity for any young people who may have been toying with the idea of putting their ideas down on paper or screen, but are unsure of just how to get started. This course provides a supportive environment in which attendees are encouraged to tap into their latent creative talents, and introduces a structural framework with which to do so.
Central Library demolition [photos]
Our photos of the demolition of the old Central Library.
Linwood Library demolition [photos]
Our photos of the demolition of the old Linwood Library.
Christchurch Photo Hunt entries [Kete Christchurch]
Explore the entries in our Photo Hunt so far - excellent local images.
Man Booker Prize 2014
Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won - so it is a New Zealand win in 2013 and an Aussie in 2014.
Cecil Malthus @malthus_letters [Storify]
Cecil writes to My own dear Hazel from April 1914 to his discharge in April 1917.
Life & events 100 years ago in Christchurch & Canterbury [Storify]
Tweets from the past - life in Christchurch - more at @100chch
Happy birthday Katherine Mansfield [blog post]
Katherine Mansfield - short-story writer, poet, critic, diarist, letter writer - was born on 14 October 1888.
Rutherford Medallist - Dame Anne Salmond [blog post]
It is Ada Lovelace Day and we are celebrating that the last three Rutherford medal winner have been women.
Book in and read out - FESTA
Join us at the Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers, corner of Colombo and Gloucester Streets for this FESTA - Festival of Transitional Architecture - event on Sunday 26 October, 11am to 1pm. Get a book out from the mobile library or from the nearby Central Library Peterborough - or bring your own. Read amongst the trees of this sculptural installation. Bring your lunch and enjoy a quiet inner-city experience. Read in, chill out.
Armchair Travel October 2014 newsletter
Fancy travelling with dogs or a circus? Or would you prefer being marooned naked on an island for 60 days? Experience these unusual trips from the comfort of your home with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Thrillers and Suspense October 2014 newsletter
Dirty deeds and bad medicine: our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter is here. Subscribe to get this or our other newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
Mental Health Awareness Week [blog posts]
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Read blogs by our staff about helpful resources and books.
LexisNexis New Zealand Law
Access to online information about New Zealand law concerning personal grievances, privacy, resource management, wills and transport and more from LexisNexis. It also includes access to the New Zealand Law Journal. Access this at any of our libraries.
Science Fiction newsletter October 2014
A selection of new science fiction titles including titles from Ben Bova and John Scalzi, as well as collections of essays about reading and writing by luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Umberto Eco, Francine Prose and Jo Walton.
Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter
Ghosts, monsters and murderers, plus some happily ever after and the sequel to Rick Yancey's The Fifth Wave - our latest Teen Scene newsletter is one not to miss!
Canterbury 100 and more WW100 events [blog post]
It is a hundred years since The First World War began. There are some WW100 events in Christchurch soon - bring along your photos and artefacts to Canterbury 100; discover the Berry Boys; and find the history of your own First World War soldier.
New Halswell Library and Community Facility
A new library and community facility incorporating customer service facilities and multipurpose spaces is being built on the existing Halswell Aquatic Centre site and adjacent land. The complex, fronting onto Halswell Road, will create a hub for the rapidly-growing Halswell community.
Top of the web September 2014 [blog post]
Find out what was popular on our sites last month.
October's theme is looking - we take a look at the Christchurch Photo Hunt, Canterbury 100, Labour Day and more.
Editions October 2014
Explore what's new in Christchurch and at the library.
New titles October 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 September 2014.
Holiday activities at Linwood Library at Eastgate
We've updated our post on school holiday activities with sessions at Linwood Library at Eastgate and Shirley Library.
New Zealand IceFest [photos]
Ice Ice baby: photos from the New Zealand IceFest in Cathedral Square.
Greening the rubble [photos]
Photos of Greening the rubble projects including the latest The Green Room - mosaic chair and landscaped area on Colombo Street.
Te Ara Tika
Te Ara Tika 2012 to 2014 is Christchurch City Libraries' refreshed bicultural strategy expanding on the existing plan Te Ara Hou.
Christchurch Photo Hunt 2014
Submit your photos and win prizes in this year's photo hunt.
Science Alive after school programmes Term 4
Join Science Alive after school at ten of our libraries. Sessions restart after the holidays on Monday 20 October.
Canterbury 100
This new website brings together First World War stories and objects, events, and more. You can also share your family stories.
Beca Heritage Week 2014
Find out about Heritage Week and book now for library events. There is a Storytram for adults with Joe Bennett, and kids' stories on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar.
Printing from a mobile device [updated]
We now offer the facility to print from any device connected to the internet (e.g. mobile phone, tablet or home personal computer).
School holiday programmes, events, and activities
We have updated our page with information on the September and October holidays. Lots of ideas of things to do.
New Zealand IceFest [photos]
Photos from the Cathedral Square hub.
Historical Fiction newsletter September 2014
The old west, the new west and conquest are in our September 2014 newsletter.
The troops depart for the First World War [blog post]
September 23rd was the day that the Canterbury troopships, Athenic and Tahiti, left Lyttelton in 1914.
Picture books newsletter September 2014
Dogs, detective mice, and a dash of New Zealand biology - all in the latest Picture books newsletter.
Kids' Books September 2014 newsletter
Fierce heroines, hilarious comics, junk drawer physics and lots more books that will delight kids - don't miss the latest Kids' Books newsletter.
Biography and Memoir September 2014 newsletter
From Michelangelo to Jason Priestley, via Neil Armstrong, Paul Potts and the Queen of the Headhunters, just to mention a few - our September Biography and Memoir newsletter caters to all interests!
Fiction A to Z September 2014 newsletter
In our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter: magic in the garden, instant parenthood, refugees in 1940s Lebanon, the moral dilemmas of an abortionist, and a focus on writings by authors under 35.
Antarctica [updated]
New Zealand IceFest starts on 27 September. Our Antarctica page shows you the strong historical connections between Christchurch and the Deep South.
Votes for women - 19 September 1893 [blog post]
Celebrate the women who fought for the right to get the vote, and some more local heroines.
Sing like a pirate [blog post]
In this fearless Freegal Friday episode we feature albums that'll have you singing like a pirate for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th).
Talk like a pirate, me hearties [blog post]
Today is International talk like a pirate day. We've got lots of piratical goodness for you to explore.
BNZ Literary Awards 2014
We link to the 2014 winners.
Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt 2014 [news release]
Cantabrians are being asked to dust off their family albums, dig out any boxes of old snaps, and do their bit to preserve the region's heritage. Christchurch City Libraries annual Photo Hunt is an opportunity to discover photo treasures that will reconnect Cantabrians to cherish, celebrate and commemorate our past.
Services for older adults [updated]
We have added information on the Positive Ageing Expo on Monday 29 September at Papanui High School.
Fantasy newsletter September 2014
This month's newsletter features new titles from Lev Grossman and Terry Goodkind and a selection of titles for those who enjoy some blood and gore in their fantasy.
Learning Centre holiday programmes
School holidays start at the end of September. Book now for our superduper popular programmes - this time they have an IceFest /Antarctica theme.
Catalogue outage on Sunday 14 September [news alert]
There will be an outage of our library catalogue from 5pm on Sunday 14th September until approximately 3am Monday 15th. During this time you will still be able to use our previous catalogue to find books, place holds etc.
About Gale NewsVault [the Source, updated]
Search all Gale's historical newspaper collections at the same time.
Home, Garden and DIY Newsletter September 2014
Defend your castle and learn the art of tinkering in the September 2014 Home, Garden and DIY newsletter.
Man Booker Prize shortlist
The shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize has been announced. Check our page to find out which books are still in the running.
Poetry competition winners [blog post]
Thanks to all the National Poetry Day competition entrants for their poetic prowess. You can now read the winning poems on the blog.
History and Current Events September 2014 newsletter
War, disasters and the internet lies to us?! It must be the September History and Current Events newsletter.
Popular Culture September 2014 newsletter
Joan Rivers and other comedians make us laugh in the Popular Culture September 2014 newsletter.
International Literacy Day
8 September is International Literacy Day. Find out how our resources can help people with literacy difficulties improve their reading and writing skills.
Thrillers and Suspense September 2014 newsletter
Severed hands, ice shear impalings and the latest in the Inspector Pekkala series - don't miss our September Thrillers and Suspense newsletter!
Council Customer Service Desk at Hornby Library
Starting from 4 September 2014, a Christchurch City Council Customer Service Desk will be available at Hornby Library for all Council enquiries and payments. This service will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 6pm.
Four years ago: 4 September 2010 [blog post]
It was shake, awake, get out, fear, and heck, is everyone ok? And wow, there is the chimney all over the backyard.
4 September 2014 [photos]
Photos four years on after the 4 September 2010 7.1 earthquake - Victoria Street, Durham Street North, Gloucester Street, Cathedral Square ...
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
The 2014 winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel is Liam McIlvanney. Browse our page to discover past winners and shortlisted authors.
Teen Scene September 2014 newsletter
Time travel, life in a strict religious sect, and assassin Boy Nobody, plus lots more in our latest Teen Scene newsletter. Sign up to receive it directly in your inbox.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival [Storify]
Tweets, blog posts, and photos from each of the five days of the WORD Festival.
Papanui Library has reopened
Papanui Library has reopened following the installation of a new air conditioning system.
New Zealand Post Book Awards [updated]
The winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards were annnounced last night. Find out how your favourite NZ books of the past year fared.
We need new names: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival
Zimbabwe came as close as it is ever likely to get, in having one of its daughters win the Man Booker Prize, when in 2013, NoViolet Bulawayo was shortlisted for her first novel We Need New Names.
Shigeru Ban at WORD Christchurch
Pritzker Prize winning architect Shigeru Ban spoke last night in the Cardboard Cathedral as part of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
Adult Learners' Week
Adult Learners' Week runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 September. Discover the many ways you can learn at the library.
James Tait Black Memorial Prizes [updated]
Find out which works of fiction and biographies have won the latest James Tait Black Memorial Prizes.
Picture books August 2014 newsletter
Our latest newsletter includes sharks, babies, cats, dogs, flies and monsters.
Sgt Henry James Nicholas V.C. M.M. [updated]
We have added a link to the excellent interactive and comic about Henry Nicholas on Stuff to our page. Henry Nicholas was the first soldier from the Canterbury Regiment to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Kids' Books August 2014 newsletter
Spy catchers, code crackers and a large serving of giants! Browse our Kids' Books newsletter online or subscribe to get it direct in your inbox.
Historical Fiction August 2014
Lucky us! Out latest historical fiction newsletter is out.
Cecil Malthus [Twitter]
Cecil Malthus' letters and telegrams tell his story of the First World War. You can follow him now at @malthus_letters
Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes [updated]
Find out more about the earthquakes in Christchurch in Canterbury.
Nature and Science Newsletter August 2014
New and recommended nature and science reads chosen by our book selectors. Sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox.
Children's Book Council of Australia Awards [Kids] [updated]
The Children's Book Council of Australia presents annual awards for books which have made an outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature. We have updated our list of awards to include the latest winners.
World Fantasy novel nominees updated
As well as the awards for best novel and life achievement awards (listed here) awards are given in Novella, Short Fiction, Anthology, Collection, Artist and two Special Awards: Professional & Non-Professional.
Hugo Awards updated with 2014 winners
The Hugo Awards were established in 1953 as Science Fiction Achievement Awards for the best science fiction writing in several categories. We list winners in the novel, novella, novelette, short story, graphic story and related works sections.
Biography and Memoir August 2014 newsletter
Peep through the keyhole at the lives of famous, infamous and just plain interesting people with our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter. Sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox.
Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter
Read about resilient Afghani women, haunted estates, and rebels in 1970s Spain in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter.
Every picture tells a story - Writing competition [the Pulse]
Read the winning stories.
38 Cranford Street art [photos]
Christchurch graffiti artists have painted 38 Cranford Street in St Albans before it is demolished. It was open this weekend to visitors.
Photos [updated]
We have just uploaded some photos of the Bridge of Remembrance, WW100 displays, and the Central Library demolition.
Storylines Festival and Family Day [Kids] [updated]
The Christchurch Free Family Day is being held on Sunday 24 August at Upper Riccarton Library. View the final programme for the day.
Tax [updated]
We list links where you can find helpful information about common taxes and processes in New Zealand.
Earthquakes [updated]
We have updated our page of links about earthquakes.
Climate change [updated]
Want to find out more about the impact of climate change, and the debate surrounding this issue? We have updated our page of resources about this topic.
Water [updated]
Water in Canterbury: this page lists many useful sources of information.
History and Current Events August 2014 newsletter
This month's History and Current Events newsletter features China's second continent, the future of food, and life in North Korea.
Photos [updated]
We've just uploaded some photos of crafty sheep in Latimer Square, and art in New Brighton.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival [blog posts]
Find out what festival guest are looking forward to at WORD Christchurch, their library stories, and one surprising fact.
Roald Dahl Funny Prize [Kids] [updated]
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize has been awarded annually since 2008. It has just been announced that it will be on hold until 2016, when it will be re-launched as part of the Roald Dahl Centenary celebrations.
Hans Christian Andersen Award [Kids] [updated]
The Hans Christian Andersen Award is considered to be the most prestigious award in international children's literature. It is given biennially to a living author and illustrator whose complete works are judged to have made a lasting contribution to children's literature. We have updated our list of winners to include the latest recipients.
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award [Kids] [updated]
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the biggest international children's and young adult literature award in the world. We have updated our list of winners to include the latest recipient.
CLPE Poetry Award [Kids] [updated]
The CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award honours excellence in children's poetry. We have updated our list of winners to include the latest recipient.
Armchair Travel August 2014 newsletter
Escape the cold and grey winter and transport yourself to Mexico, China, Iran or even Kamchatka with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Thrillers and Suspense August 2014 newsletter
Get your heart pumping with our latest Thrillers and Suspense picks.
New titles August 2014
Our lists of audio and video, kids, digital, fiction, large print, non-fictin and teen books, DVDs, CDs and more. These titles arrive in July.
Teen Scene August 2014 newsletter
Ever wondered what's between life and death? Check out the books in our latest Teen Scene newsletter for some intriguing scenarios.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2014 shortlist
Find out about the four titles in the running for this award which will be announced at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
Christchurch street and place names [updated]
Origins of Christchurch street and place names updated for August 2014.
LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2014 winners [updated]
Find out the winners of the 2014 LIANZA Children's Book Awards.
First World War [images]
A selection of images including postcards, photographs, and publications related to the First World War.
WW100 [updated]
WW100 is a programme marking the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018. Find out about our First World War resources and events.
Books, reading, and writing [photos]
This is a sample of photographs relating to books and reading.
Askews eBooks
Access a free eBook service of fiction and non-fiction titles. This collection of eBooks focuses on British titles.
Editions August 2014
This month is full of writing and reading and thinking. Explore what's on in Christchurch.
Writing and Reading
August is a month full of reading and writing events - from the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival to our big Community Read, to Storylines for kids - and more!
Top of the web - July 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
Find out what was popular on our web site and social media in July.
Application for Membership form [updated]
We have updated our Application for Membership form. It is now also available in Te Reo Maori. Conditions of membership are available in English, Te Reo Maori and Chinese.
Library charges [updated]
Some of our fees and charges changed on 1 August 2014. This page lists the updated fees and charges.