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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.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
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.
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.
Editions September 2014
Spring has sprung and it brings with it many opportunities to learn and grow. Explore what's new in Christchurch and at the library.
Growing
September is a busy month with opportunities to learn and grow. Find out about Adult Learners' Week, The Body Festival and NZ IceFest, plus lots more.
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.
New titles September 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 August 2014.
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.
Storylines Festival and Family Day [updated]
Thie Storylines Family Day is a great opportunity for you and your children to meet New Zealand authors and illustrators, Check out also the two great competitions for kids.
Community Read - The 10pm Question - Friday 22 August 2014
Get on board with our Community Read. At 11am, enjoy book chat, tea and tales with award winning author Kate De Goldi. At 7.30pm, share your 10pm question competition and be in to win an iPod touch. Join the Court Jesters at South Library as they improvise your 10pm questions!
National Poetry Day competition
Write an original piece of poetry and drop it into your local library or enter online. The first prize will be book vouchers to the value of $100. There will also be a $50 book voucher for the runner up.
Film Festival Literary Connections [updated]
A list of the NZIFF films based on books, or on the subject of writers. Kindly supplied to us by the Festival organisers.
Historical Fiction July 2014 newsletter
Check out our latest Historical Fiction newsletter online. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them as an email.
20th Commonwealth Games 2014
Find out information and news sources about the 20th Commonwealth Games is on in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
Man Booker Prize longlist 2014
Eleanor Catton won this last year, who will win in 2014? Here are the nominees.
International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2014
The longlist has been announced, and The Luminaries has scored another award nod.
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 finalists
Find out who this year's finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards are. Winners will be announced on 27 August.
Mobile Library timetable updated
Kia ora, our timetable for the mobile library service has changed. Check out where and when we will be visiting your area.
"As long as the story is moving": Margaret Mahy 21 March 1936 - 23 July 2012
Two years ago, we lost "word witch" Margaret Mahy - a famous Canterbury local and a much loved children's author.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori blog posts
Follow our Maori Language Week posts on the blog.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori modern classics [booklist]
A neat selection of classic picture books in Te Reo Maori.
Resources for Te Reo Maori learners [updated]
Courses, dictionaries and resources for people learning te reo Maori.
Picture books July 2014 newsletter
A very not boring list of new titles - raptors, mooses, bears, and Snoring Beauty!
Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter
Batmobiles and batcycles, Zita the spacegirl and lots of mighty mice. Check out our latest Kids' Books newsletter online or subscribe to receive it as an email.
Papanui Library closed
Papanui Library is closed. It is scheduled to re-open on Friday 29 August 2014. Find out more about why the library is closed, and how it affects you.
Te Reo Maori
This page connects you with Te Reo Maori resources - language books and courses, quizzes, stories and information on our Maori signage and library names.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week
The 2014 theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki - The Word of the Week. Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week celebrates te reo Maori. The Maori language is a taonga that gives New Zealand its distinct and unique cultural identity.
Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter
From Lyttelton to Sri Lanka, Mallorca and Ukraine - our Fiction A to Z newsletter brings you fiction from many perspectives.
Government Life Building in Cathedral Square - opened 50 years ago today [blog]
On 17 July 1964 the Government Life Building opened in Cathedral Square. It is currently being demolished.
New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards
Congratulations to Amy Head, Marty Smith and Rebecca Macfie, who have won this year's New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards.
Pharos payments gateway
We now offer the facility to top up your Pharos account balance using a credit or debit card (not EFTPOS), while logged onto the computers in our libraries or connected to the Christchurch City Libraries' WiFi.
Steampunk Runway Competiton Expanded
This Steampunk fashion design competition has now been widened to include an Open category so all ages can enter. Entries close on Friday 18 July.
More than 2,400 ideas for new Central Library designers [media release]
More than 2,400 ideas were gathered during the six-week long Your Library, Your Voice campaign which asked the public for suggestions for the New Central Library.
RIP Nadine Gordimer, South Africa's grande dame of literature [blog post]
We farewell famous South African author and activist Nadine Gordimer.
Biography and Memoir July 2014 newsletter
Nannies, remarkable women, musicians and the man who remembered the future. Discover these and more interesting lives in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter.
OverDrive for teens [the Source]
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for teens. Free in 'the Source' for Christchurch resident library members.
OverDrive for kids [the Source]
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for children. Free in 'the Source' for Christchurch resident library members.
Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter
Fancy some Baldacci, Deaver, King, Fairstein, Hayes, Quirke or Stone? Check out our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter. You can subscribe to receive this and other newsletters directly in your inbox.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014 launch [photos]
Photos from the Festival launch on Thursday 10 July 2014.
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival 2014
Local and international literary luminaries are coming to Christchurch. The Festival will take place from Wednesday 27 August to Sunday 31 August 2014.
Popular Music Library
Stream a wide range of popular music from around the world. New for library members in the Source.
Internet access restored at Fendalton Library (Thursday 10 July)
Internet access through wifi and the public computers at Fendalton Library is available once again after yesterday's outage.
Internet access unavailable at Fendalton Library
Internet access through wifi and the public computers at Fendalton Library is currently unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have normal service resumed as soon as possible.
Art resources [updated]
This page shows you how to explore our collection for information on artists and art styles, and the Dewey classification of the subjects.
Our social catalogue [updated]
What have you been reading, watching, and listening to? What is on your "to-read pile"? Christchurch City Libraries members can use the catalogue to share opinions of books, DVDS, and music.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
We have added info on a CPIT course Liquidity water science course for years 9 to 10 girls on next week 16 to 18 July.
History and Current Events July 2014 Newsletter
Find out how Shirley Temple saved America in our History and Current Events newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletters on our website.
Popular Culture July 2014 newsletter
New Popular Culture reads in our July newsletter. You can subscribe to our newsletters on our website.
Home Garden and DIY Juy 2014 Newsletter
Blossom and bloom with the Home Garden and DIY newsletter. You can get this delivered to your inbox bi-monthly.
Work begins on new Halswell Library and Community Facility [media release]
Construction of the Halswell Library and Community Facility - a new community hub incorporating a library, outdoor pool, meeting spaces and a customer service desk - begins on Monday 14 July 2014.
Crime Writers' Association Awards [updated]
The Crime Writers' Association has awarded a number of its famous daggers - check out the winners for some great reading suggestions.
Science Alive - Term 3
Find out about the upcoming afterschool classes - activities are based around the science of popular books and other interesting topics.
Afterschool programmes Term 3
Find out about afterschool sessions for next term - Minecraft, Girls Zone, eBooks and more.
Minecraft in action [blog post]
Check out a vid of kids making Minecraft worlds and explore more Minecraft stuff.
New Zealand fashion [updated]
This guide aims to help you find information on New Zealand fashion and designers - n books, magazines, and on the internet.
Fashion [updated]
Christchurch City Libraries has many resources for the dedicated follower of fashion - books, magazines and web sites on the elements of style.
Zines [updated]
Do you draw? Doodle? Write notes to friends? Glue stuff? Cut paper? You can make a zine!
Artists [updated]
This page links to our pages on artists, and examines ways of searching for more information.
Architecture [updated]
Explore our architecture resources - from architect biographies, to Christchurch architecture, and databases in the Source.
Art [updated]
This section links you with art resources in our collection.
Science Alive Term 3
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. The programme for Semester 3 2014 has activities based around the science of popular books and other interesting topics.
Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992 [the Source]
Access to the digital archive of Punch, the world's most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. New for library members in the Source
Gale Artemis: Literary Sources [the Source]
Artemis allows you to cross search all of Gale's literary resources in one search. These resources include LitFinder, Literary Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library. New for library members in the Source.
About Papers Past [the Source, updated]
The Press coverage is now from 25 May 1861 to 29 December 1928. The Star now covers i4 May 1868 to 31 December 1914. Newly added is The Sun 6 February 1914 to 31 December 1915.
Papers Past - now with more Christchurch [blog post]
The Press coverage is now from 25 May 1861 to 29 December 1928. The Star now covers i4 May 1868 to 31 December 1914. Newly added is The Sun 6 February 1914 to 31 December 1915.
Arts and crafts [Kids]
Lots of links to help the kids be creative. Perfect for the school holidays!
Writing [updated]
Want to improve your writing or get your material published? This page offers useful links and information.
Top of the web - June 2014 [Bibliofile blog post]
Find out what was popular on our sites last month - from Matariki to Rik Mayall.
Horizons and Connect programmes [Learning Centres]
The Horizons and Connect programmes for Terms 3 and 4 are now available.
Holiday programmes, events, and activities [updated]
Find out about what is on in the school holidays for Christchurch children. We have added in links to holiday activities at local malls.
Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter
Read all about liars, villains and buzz kills in the latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Creating - Waihanga
Make stuff! In July we connect with things to make and do - from arts and crafts, to cooking and writing. We also look forward to Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.
Editions July 2014
Find out about what is on in July - with a creativity flavour.