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Fiction A to Z newsletter September 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter & discover reads to engage and enlighten.
A Fatigue Party On Duty, Addington Camp, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury
These men are shown carrying out their duties at a camp in Addington where recruits were trained before leaving for the South African (Boer) War (1899-1902). They are riding on a wagon owned by J.M. Heywood & Co. who were general cartage contractors of Christchurch and Lyttelton.
What’s in a name? A whole story, actually! Maori library names [blog post]
"What’s in a name? A whole story, actually! Every library in the Christchurch City Libraries network is named in both English and Maori, and with two new libraries (or rather, libraries returning in sparkly new form) popping up recently, we’d like to share a bit about their Maori names."
Harry Potter and the Cursed Sequel [book review]
Based on a story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the transcript of the celebrated London play. The story takes place 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts or, (in muggle terms), ten years after publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last instalment in this beloved series.
Stars of storytelling: Te Reo Wainene o Tua [blog post]
Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Maori/ to celebrate Maori Language Week, Christchurch City Libraries teamed up with Te Reo Wainene o Tua to deliver storytelling events across the city.
Top of the web - August 2017
Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in August.
There's Mutiny afoot ... [book review]
Dan reviews the HarperCollins book Fletcher on the Bounty by Graeme Lay.
What will you be reading in Italy? [blog post]
Lucky Roberta is off to Italy, what books will be in her suitcase?
Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist
4321 Paul Auster (US) History of Wolves Emily Fridlund (US) Exit West Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan) Elmet Fiona Mozley (UK) Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders (US) Autumn Ali Smith (UK)
Election - What are the critical issues? [blog post]
"With the election looming, now would be a good time to find out what the issues are facing New Zealand. A good place to start would be our Critical Issues Collection from Bridget Williams Books."
Sleeps Standing / Moetu by Witi Ihimaera [blog post]
"Kia ora readers. What a coup for Te wiki o te Reo Maori this book is."
Strange relationships - John Safran meets Te Radar: WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View [blog post]
"The appearance of Mr John Safran in Christchurch managed to pack out The Piano venue on Sunday with a fair audience. He was matched with NZ's very own version of himself, Te Radar Esq., who pointed out that although they both looked very similar, you could easily tell them apart as John was the one with the accent. Unless of course you were from Australia, in which case Te Radar was the one with the accent. Simple really."
Beth El Synagogue and the Canterbury Hebrew Congregation [blog post]
"A decision had been made. It was time for Hyam Edward Nathan to give up his seat. The members of Christchurch’s Jewish community, who arrived at the New Year service on 13 September 1882, knew to expect trouble when they saw that Nathan was already sitting in his self-appointed seat, B29."
Mai rano - Way back when [blog post]
"Growing up in the 60s the tamariki in my whanau worked alongside our mum and dad. Together we worked on our market gardens in Tamaki Makaurau. West Auckland."
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.
School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities - October 2017
Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children.Check out the holiday programmes and activities at our libraries and learning centres, and shows and performances for kids.
Library and Learning Centre Holiday Programmes October 2017
Explore the activities and programmes for the upcoming school holidays.
Maori teen fiction and nonfiction [booklist]
Books and graphic novels written by and/or starring Maori characters and culture, for teens.
Tamariki - Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori 2017 [booklist]
A selection of recently added Te Reo Maori resources for Tamariki.
Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori with Tuhinga Pikitia - Te Reo Maori Picture Books [blog post]
"Some people might say they're just here for the kai, but I would say I'm just here for the tuhinga pikitia*. I love picture books, I really do. A good picture book is a work of art."
30 years on, how far has the revitalisation of te Reo Maori come? [blog post]
"30 years ago, on the 1st August 1987, the New Zealand Government passed the Maori Language Act 1987 making Te Reo Maori an official language of New Zealand. While this should be celebrated, it is worth noting that it took 127 years for the indigenous language of this Country to be formally recognised by the Crown. I had initially planned in this blog to recount the various ways that the speaking of te Reo Maori was suppressed over those 127 years. I was going to outline the various Crown policies and laws that were implemented to ensure that the language was suppressed and literally 'beaten' out of Maori. Laws such as Native Schools Act 1867 that enforced the non-speaking of te Reo Maori in public spaces, in particularly schools."
Madwomen and attics - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View
It was a dark, but not a stormy, night at the Arts Centre last Wednesday, when four mysterious black-clad ladies entered the room. With flickering candles held aloft, they took their places on the stage for an evening of great hair, literary tropes and another chapter in the ongoing battle between Team Rochester and Team Heathcliff (*).
uncover - huraina September to November 2017
Read our latest quarterly magazine. It's full of info about what is happening at your libraries.
Sultan Mahomet - Picturing Canterbury
Mahomet was a Muslim from Asia and he was one of a very small group of Muslims then living in New Zealand. His death certificate states that he came from northern India. A hawker, he lived in Dunedin but, at about age 69, came to Christchurch in Dec. 1905. He stayed at Brightling's Lane in the Avon Loop, the address of his son, Sali, or Icecream Charlie, probably intending to attend Sali's wedding. He died of a stroke at Brightling's Lane and is buried in Linwood Cemetery.
Photos [updated]
We have added photos from WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View sessions, and construction photos of the new Central Library.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2017
Kia ora - found out what's happening in libraries next week, and explore our reo Maori resources.
Te Ao Maori [updated]
We have updated our page for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week [updated]
We have updated our page for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.
Win tickets to NZSO Pianomania with Freddy Kempf concert on Weds 20 September [competition]
Coming soon to Christchurch is the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Pianomania with Freddy Kempf at the Airforce Museum, Wednesday 20 September at 7pm. Thanks to the NZSO we have two double passes to give away to library members! Enter now - just tell us your favourite piece of piano music.
Talking about race: Reni Eddo-Lodge and Victor Rodger: WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View [blog post]
n an engrossing event at Christchurch Art Gallery, Reni Eddo-Lodge was in conversation with playwright Victor Rodger. She talked us through her thought-provoking debut book Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race. This collection of essays seeks to unpick and challenge white dominant ideology.
Things that matter: Dr David Galler in conversation with Glenn Colquhoun - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View [blog post]
Kim reports back on this session in which specialist intensive care physician David Galler talks to poet and doctor, Glenn Colquhoun.
Shifting Points of View : Fail Safe / Fail Better [blog post]
Fiona reports back from a Shifting Points of View session with a variety of speakers that doesn't fail to delight.
Fight like a girl: Clementine Ford [blog post]
Moata reports back from Clementine Ford's challenging, funny and important WORD Christchurch session.
Teen Scene newsletter September 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
These Dividing Walls [review]
A series of vignettes about the neighbours loosely coupled by the building they share and the city they live in. A debut novel by Fran Cooper.
The Sixteen Trees of the Somme [review]
Karen says Lars Mytting has written a tale as historically epic as circles in the life of a Giant Sequoia.
The Mud Club: Gardening eBooks [blog post]
Gardening inspiration to get you back in the garden this spring. A selection of gardening themed eBooks from container gardening to landscaping, organic gardening and even gardening for kids.
The Gig Guide: September 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
With lashings of ginger beer* [blog post]
"It is difficult not to reveal one’s age when discussing anything you may have read or watched in your childhood but I loved watching the Famous Five on TV."
Stuff we love - September 2017 [booklist]
The Staff Pickles have picked their favourite books, movies etc for this month.
New titles September 2017
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats.
New Zealand General Election and advance voting at libraries
The 2017 General Election will take place on Saturday 23 September. You can cast an advance vote at some of our libraries from Monday 11 September.
Remembering Norman Kirk [blog post]
"A big man in every sense, Norman Kirk was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 to 1974, and leader of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1974. He died on 31 August 1974 and I would like to pay homage and possibly introduce him to another generation of Kiwis."
The Alice Network [book review]
"I spent the last couple of weeks down the rabbit hole, head buried in The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. The story captured me from the very beginning - no need to read to page 90 with this one; I was hooked by page two!"
From tiny seeds ... The origins of The Great Library Seed Swap [blog post]
Jo looks back to Lyttelton and how the Great Library Seed Swap started.
Teen leisure programmes at new Central Library
If you’re aged between 13 and 18 years, tell us what you’d like to see happening in your new Central Library and go into the draw. You could win a $100 Westfield voucher.
Peacock at New Brighton Zoo: Picturing Canterbury
Peacock at New Brighton Zoo. January 1965.
Tongan Language Week - Uike 'o e Lea Tonga
Tongan Language Week starts on Sunday 3 September. The theme is: 'Fakakoloa Aotearoa 'Aki 'Ae Nofo 'A Kainga' Enriching Aotearoa with our family values
New Zealand fashion [updated]
Explore our resources on NZ fashion.
Shifting Points of View: Fail Safe Fail Better [blog post]
Fee looks forward to the first session of WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View programme at the Christchurch Arts Festival - Fail Safe, Fail Better - with Witi Ihimaera, Lianne Dalziel, Clementine Ford, Hana O'Regan, Glenn Colquhoun and Victor Rodger.
Together We Read - Once Lost [blog post]
Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Once Lost by Ber Carroll simultaneously for free.
Win tickets to Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie - plus an activity pack [blog post]
Win a prize to celebrate the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie on 28 September.
220th birthday anniversary of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein [blog post]
In June 1816 a young woman named Mary Shelley awoke from a terrifying nightmare. That nightmare became Frankenstein.
The Mud Club: Gardening eMagazines [blog post]
Ahead of some library seed swap events, Simone reviews what's available for gardeners in eMagazines.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre - Art and architecture
Find out about the art and architecture of the new Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Historical Fiction newsletter August 2017
Browse our latest selection of stories set in times past.
Not such a strange meeting - Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon [blog post]
100 years ago at Craiglockhart Hospital for Neurasthenic Officers in Edinburgh, Wilfred Owen introduced himself to Siegfried Sassoon and one of the great literary friendships was born.
Listening to Reni Eddo-Lodge [blog post]
Kat explains why she's keen to listen to Ren Eddo-Lodge at her WORD Christchurch session next month.
Two Young Women: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Glass negative image from Kete Christchurch.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English [blog post]
Donna reviews the true story of librarians and archivists who worked hard to protect precious manuscripts from destruction.
2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day [blog post]
"When I first heard of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, I immediately thought of someone heading off in the dead of night with a new poem in one hand and a pot of paste in the other. The poem would then be pasted onto a wall or lamp post for us to read the next day. I was wrong. Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is a day for everyone from novice and curious to professional poet to have the opportunity to share poetry and revel in its magic."
Goldilocks and the three book clubs [blog post]
"The very best thing about belonging to a book group is the variety of new reads to which one is exposed. And if, like moi, you belong to not one but five book groups (two in Christchurch, one online, and with connections to two in South Africa as well), there will come a month when you encounter the bookish version of the Goldilocks Syndrome ..."
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner [blog post]
Karen reviews a new crime book and gives it a thumbs up.
The joy of coding [blog post]
From the 1980s until now, how is it to be a coding kid? Rob takes a look back, and recommends some top new books.
Podcast - Making a difference
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. What motivates people to 'make a difference' - and what actually do we mean by the phrase? Guests Billy O'Steen (University of Canterbury), Sarah Campagnolo (Volunteering Canterbury and Gap Filler), Teoti Jardine (Volunteering Canterbury and Avon-Otakaro Network) and Jason Pemberton (Student Volunteer Army and Social Enterprise World Forum) debate this fascinating - and somewhat elusive - question, drawing on their huge expertise in the volunteering sector.
Mobile printing outage tonight [news]
Our Payment Gateway and Mobile Print service will be unavailable from 8 pm to approximately 10 pm due to server maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Swap seeds at your library this spring - The Great Library Seed Swap [blog post]
The Great Library Seed Swap is on at Lyttelton, Spreydon, South, Hornby, and Akaroa Library in September.
Kids' books newsletter August 2017
Our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Adult Learners' Week - Celebrating the Value of Lifelong Learning [blog post]
Find out about events and resources ahead of Adult Learners' Week, 4-10 September 2017.
Fiction A to Z newsletter August 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Opening day - Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre [photos]
Photos from the opening of our newest library in Sumner on Flickr.
Behind the scenes at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre [blog post]
Photos from the newest library in our network, opening Saturday 19 August.
He'll be back: The Terminator returns... again [blog post]
Moata looks at the various iterations of The Terminator ahead of a 3D version of Terminator 2 hitting NZ screens.
Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park, 3 April 2010: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park. Originally erected at 104 Holly Road. Photo from Kete Christchurch.
Hamilton aims for the sky [blog post]
Alina is late to Hamilton's musical bandwagon but that's no reason not to belatedly sing its praises.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride is the winner of the 2016 Prize.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Biography
The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez Laura Cumming is the winner of the 2016 Prize.
Podcast - Ethical supply chains [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Ethical supply chains is an important issue in today's consumption-driven world (and related to the last episode Human Trafficking). To debate the issue, Sally is joined in the studio by Jeff Ward (Liminal Apparel?) and Natalie Baird (Christchurch Trade Aid and University of Canterbury?) with David Capperauld (Child Labor Free) on the phone.
Nature and science newsletter
For titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous about the world we live in be sure to read our bi-monthly Nature and Science newsletter.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017 - winners announced
The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced last night - read the winning titles.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel
We've updated our page with the 2017 finalists.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
We have updated our page with the 2017 finalists.
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Non Fiction
We list the 2017 finalists in this new award.
Finalists in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults inspire Christchurch children [blog post]
Kim attends an exciting author event ahead of the announcement of the 2017 winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day - Christchurch competitions and events [blog post]
Find out about local events and poetry competitions leading up to National Poetry Day on Friday 25 August.
Hugo Awards [updated]
The best writing in science fiction and fantasy in the categories of novel, novella, novelette, short story, graphic story and related works, updated with 2017 award winners.
Bishopdale Library demolition [photos]
Photos of the demolition of the old Bishopdale Library building.
Producer Christine Dann talks about No ordinary Sheila, a documentary about an inspiring woman and the power of wonder [blog post]
Producer Christine Dann talks about No ordinary Sheila, a documentary about an inspiring woman and the power of wonder.
Postcard Hilltop Hotel: Picturing Canterbury
Postcard of old Hilltop Hotel on Summit Road, Christchurch-Akaroa Highway from Kete Christchurch.
Fangirl Heads South [blog post]
One librarian's madcap mission to see Tami Neilson live... three nights in a row.
Daughters of dystopia [blog post]
Religion has removed women's rights. Only young girls have any freedom. We review a new dystopian novel in the vein of A Handmaid's Tale.
Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize [updated]
Updated with 2017 shortlist.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature [updated]
Updated with 2017 award winner.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature [updated]
Updated with 2017 winner.
Pikihuia Awards for Maori writers [updated]
Updated with 2017 finalists in all categories.
Papanui PlayStation Playoff! [blog post]
Papanui Library is now hosting a monthly PlayStation 4 competition. Find out more - get yourself on the leader board.l
The end of the lineman [blog post]
A look at the life and career of Glen Campbell.
Fight for your (women's) rights [blog post]
A review of Clementine Ford's book Fight like a girl.
Daughters of Dystopia [book review]
A review of Gather the Daughters, by Jennie Melamed.
Cathedral Square: Past and future [blog post]
As new ideas for Cathedral Square's future are considered we look back on its past in photographs.
Altogether moving: Together by Juliet Cohen [blog post]
Helen reviews this new title by Juliet Cohen.
A hundred shards of potent remedy: an interview with Fiona Farrell about Decline and Fall on Savage Street
Masha interviews Fiona about her new novel.
Science Alive! Science Snippets in the Library
We have added the Term 3 topics to our page on this afterschool progamme.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre [photos]
Have a look at the latest photos from Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, opening Saturday 19 August.
New Central Library construction [photos]
Latest photos from the construction of the new Central Library.
New Central Library, time lapse video, 31 July 2017 [video]
Time lapse video of the construction of the new Central Library, Gloucester St/Cathedral Square.
Going a-Viking with Linnea Hartsuyker [blog post]
Dan reviews The Half-drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker.
History and Current Events newsletter August 2017
Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant moments in history in our monthly newsletter.
Canterbury Croquet Association formed - This week in History 31 July - 6 August
The Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealand’s first such regional association) formed on the third of August in 1910.
Stuff we love - Staff Pickles pick their favourite books, movies, and music [blog post]
The picks of the month.
Whalebone Cottage - 704 Ferry Road: Picturing Canterbury
"The house, situated on the former route from the Heathcote Ferry to Christchurch, was built in c.1867 for Daniel and Maria Scott. At the time of their occupancy it was known as "The Homestead". "
Recent necrology July 2017
Some well-known people who have died recently.
A WWI story in letters: The Last Maopo [blog post]
"I find myself drawn to diaries and letters that record a soldier's experiences of World War I."
Fiona Farrell: Writing big and the best in Decline and fall on Savage Street
Masha looks at Fiona Farrell's impressive new book.
Men without women [blog post]
"When Haruki Murakami came out of his study earlier this year and said to his wife: "I'm going to call my latest collection of short stories 'Men Without Women'", I wonder if she thought to say to him: "Hasn't that title already been used darling?""
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki - bombed 72 years ago [blog post]
"The atomic bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped by American airmen on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Three days later on 9 August 1945, the atomic bomb "Fat Man" was dropped over Nagasaki."
Podcast - Human Trafficking
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.
Game of Tomes [booklist]
Moata recommends books for characters in Game of Thrones.
Top of the web - July 2017
Explore our popular blog posts, Facebook posts, web pages, and tweets.
Review: The Fox and the Ghost King [blog post]
Missbeecrafty reads an oddball tale from Michael Morpurgo about foxes, football and Richard III.
Regretting Motherhood [blog post]
Jane reads a confronting book by Orna Doanth about regretful mothers.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: Fiction news [blog post]
Jane gives some examples of the latest trend, mystery fiction, and a couple of new novels from well known authors.
Quick Questions with Andrew Lumsden (Te Radar) - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch's suite of events at September's Christchurch Arts Festival. This time, it's the New Zealand media personality and author Te Radar.
Teen Scene newsletter August 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Balance and Harmony: The Creation of a Sand Mandala at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre - 12 August to 2 September
From Saturday 12 August to Saturday 2 September at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, Tibetan monks will be constructing a sacred cosmogram grain by grain with crushed marble coloured sand, representing a world in perfect harmony.
Quick Questions with Glenn Colquhoun - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch's suite of events at September's Christchurch Arts Festival. This time, it's the New Zealand doctor, writer and poet Glenn Colquhoun.
Invisible Indians - World Anglo-Indian Day: 2 August [blog post]
Learn more about Anglo-Indian history in Simon's post.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: from the 1960s to pink cakes and beyond [blog post]
Caves, cakes and a few other titles as picked by our selectors.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
The new library, community centre and museum Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is scheduled to open on Saturday 19 August 2017. The grand opening takes place at 1.30pm, and the library will be open from 3pm. From Monday 21 August, there will be a week of opening activities including robotics, architectural tours, and Quiver augmented reality.
Cathedral Square by Night 1959: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
"Cathedral Square by night the northwest corner with the start of Chancery Lane under the bright white light. The Tivoli theatre later became the Westend, a huge cinema (scene of many happy nights out in my teenage years) complete with cat known to sleep on seats at the back. The old building to the left was later the site of the AMP building, and the one to the right became the Government Life building."
Cold Cures - relax and listen to an eAudiobook [blog post]
"Streaming eyes and almost constant nose-blowing meant that the only source of entertainment I could tolerate was talking-books - Plug in and LISTEN. So I did."
Recent reads: Young adult fiction [blog post]
"I'd be the first to admit I judge books by their covers all the time, but sometimes the blurb is so compelling I have to try the first chapter anyway."
The well-mannered read [blog post]
"In this world of alternative truths, acts of terrorism, online dating and climate change, sometimes what one really needs is a well-mannered book."
Quick Questions with Witi Ihimaera - WORD Christchurch
We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch's suite of events at September's Christchurch Arts Festival. First up, it's the wonderful New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.
Revathi Performing Arts: Mayuram - Bharatanatyam in Christchurch [blog post]
Ever wanted to know more about classical Indian dance? Rema and Simon explain some of the philosophy and history behind Bharatanatyam ahead of a performance by local group Revathi Performing Arts.
The Gig Guide August 2017
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Cook Islands Language Week
2017 Cook Islands Language Week runs from Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 August.
Five comics you should read: August 2017 [booklist]
Malcolm picks the best comics he's read in the past few weeks.
Stuff we love - August 2017 [booklist]
Our team share the stuff they are loving this month. A Staff Pickles list.
New titles - August 2017
Discover the latest and greatest in our collection, in a number of different formats.
Historical Fiction Newsletter
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Kids' books newsletter
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Open air classrooms opened at Fendalton Primary School - This week in History 24-30 July
The first open air classroom at Fendalton Primary School was officially opened on the 26th of July 1924 by Mr E.H. Andrews, a member of the Canterbury Education Board.
Opening Day - Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre [photos]
Photos from Flickr of the opening ceremony and first day of Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre, Saturday 22 July 2017.
Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre opening day [video]
Sights and sounds from the opening of Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre on Saturday, 22 July 2017.
Kids' Books newsletter July 2017
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Historical Fiction Newsletter July 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
The winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar colouring-in competition [blog post]
We're happy to announce the winners of the My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar (for ages 0 to 12 years) competition. The prizewinners get family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal.
New Central Library construction [photos]
Latest images taken on 19 July 2017.
CLPE Poetry Award [updated]
Updated with 2017 winner "Moon juice" by Kate Wakeling.
Remembering our most colourful author: Margaret Mahy [blog post]
23 July marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of one of Christchurch's most famous locals, Margaret Mahy.
Sumner Gas Works, two views, 1958 and 2010: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Week in History 17-23 July -The "Monty tour" arrives in Christchurch 70 years ago [blog post]
In July 1947 Christchurch people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of WWII commander Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Lost Austens; or, Beyond Pride and Prejudice [blog post]
Alina discusses the lesser known and early works of the literary genius behind Pride and Prejudice on the 200th anniversary of the author's death.
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery" [blog post]
Helen discusses the enduring appeal of the works of Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of the author's death.
Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter July 2017
Formerly two separate newsletters Fantasy and Science Fiction are now combined into a single sources of fantastical and futuristic titles.
Biography and Memoir newsletter July 2017
Our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explores the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Fiction A to Z newsletter July 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Opera: Carmen at the Isaac Theatre Royal [blog post]
Fee reviews opening night of the NZ Opera production of George Bizet's classic opera.
A Good Deed: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
The winners of The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Craft yourself a creature competition [blog post]
We're happy to announce the winners of the Craft Yourself a Creature - A Family Challenge! (all ages) competition.
King Edward Barracks construction begins: This week in history 10-16 July [blog post]
The Foundation stone for the King Edward Barracks was laid on the 13th of July 1905 by the Right Hon. R.J. Seddon.
We do things differently [blog post]
About the book by Mark Stevenson who sets out to meet people who have created, and are using extraordinary new ways to help our world.
Cool stuff from the selectors [blog post]
Jane looks at fashion, architecture, and insects.
Meet Libby the new OverDrive app [blog post]
We are pleased to introduce you to the latest member of the OverDrive family, Libby. Libby is a brand new, easy to use app for OverDrive eBooks and eAudioBooks.
Wednesday 19 July - Leighs Construction CSO Presents: Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead [blog post]
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra brings together music and mystery these school holidays with Leighs Construction CSO Presents: Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, in association with Eliot Sinclair.
Carmen interests: Archie and Jack MacDonald [interview]
NZ Opera's production of Carmen, Bizet's tale of love and betrayal, gypsies and bullfighters, opens at the Isaac Theatre Royal this week and amongst the cast is a chorus of ten Christchurch schoolboys. So what's it like to be 12 years old and in a professional production of one of the world's most popular operas? I asked twin brothers Archie and Jack MacDonald about how they got into singing, choirs, and their advice for other youngsters who might want to sing on stage.
We do things differently [blog post]
"Every now and then a book comes along that packs a big enough punch that I feel as if I’m flying through the air. We do things differently: The outsiders rebooting our world has me landing feet first with the feeling I can walk into the future."
Top of the web - June 2017 [blog post]
Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in June.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime cancelled
Sorry but the Wednesday 12 July session at the Botanic Gardens has been cancelled due to the weather.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine [blog post]
Helen reviews the debut novel by Gail Honeyman about a quirky, original heroine who struggles with social contact.
Popular Culture newsletter July 2017
New reads from the worlds of television, music, sport, the internet, and film.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter July 2017
Find recommended titles on gardening, home improvement, interiors, and crafts.
History and Current Events newsletter July 2017
Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant moments in history.
Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital Magazines [blog post]
Check out the new eMagazine app RBdigital, which is replacing Zinio for Libraries app.
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy [blog post]
Laura sometimes receives 'warnings' and this time the danger is supernatural. With a movie version due soon, Joy reviews this YA classic.
New Zealand International Film Festival 2017 [blog post]
All the books that became movies that feature in this year's NZIFF Christchurch programme.
Culinary delights from 1917 [blog post]
"Early last century The Press published a column with the delightful title Women’s Corner - where all matters for insertion were to be sent to the Lady Editor for consideration."
NZ International Film Festival 2017
Find out about the movies, documentaries, and shorts on show at the upcoming NZ International Film Festival.
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy [blog post]
"A recent reread of The Changeover as a middle aged adult and I still loved every minute of it AND there’s a movie coming in September AND its filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand, Margaret Mahy’s home town."
Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital Magazines [blog post]
Check out the new eMagazine app RBdigital, which is replacing Zinio for Libraries app. The RBdigital app comes with some great new features.
Team leaders at new Central Library
Find out more about three jobs at our new Central Library.
Rainbow Warrior
We have updated our page on the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985.
Community Connections August to December 2017
Explore our classes and sessions for adults.
Recent necrology, June 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including Paddington author Michael Bond, novelist Helen Dunmore and actor Peter Sallis.
Of marmalade, memories, and me: A tribute to Paddington Bear [blog post]
Recently the author of the Paddington bear books, Michael Bond, passed away. Kate pays tribute to the world's best duffle-coat wearing bear.
Cabin Fever [blog post]
Tree houses, cabins, tiny house and huts - all the reading you need for indulging your smallscale getaway fantasies.
Onuku Church, 1940: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Canterbury Society of Arts formed in 1880 on the 8th of July [blog post]
A history of the Canterbury Society of Arts.
School Holiday Survival [blog post]
Simone recommends eResources, eBooks and eAudiobooks to keep the kids entertained this school holidays.
Photos of Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre
Latest photos from inside the construction and fit out of the new Bishopdale facility.
(The last person to call me) Sweet Pea (ended up dead) by C. J. Skuse [blog post]
Ever thought of getting your own back on people who burst your bubble? Forget the Bucket list, Rhiannon Lewis has a Kill List.
The tale of a murderous governess [blog post]
If you loved the Brontë classic but always wished Jane Eyre had been a bit more murderous then try Lyndsay Faye's novel, Jane Steele.
Winter sports in Canterbury: Mountaineering [blog post]
The dangers, dramas and history of mountaineering in Canterbury.
Christchurch floods - This week in history, 3 to 9 July [blog post]
A look back in photos at the history of winter flooding in Christchurch.
Memories, mind-wandering, and the evolution of language [blog post]
Kate reads Michael Corballis's book "The truth about language" and reports back on his talk titled 'Mental Travels in Space and Time'.
Mahi maara - Gardening - A labour of love [blog post]
Janna takes part in a local initiative to bring birds back into Christchurch city by planting pirita/green mistletoe.
Mothers and daughters [blog post]
Roberta reads books about difficult mother-daughter relationships.
The Gig Guide: July 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Podcast - Human rights in the era of Trump [blog post]
Latest podcast episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia, with recommended reading on US politics and President Trump.
Coincidental chess... [blog post]
Fiona gets a chess lesson in the library which reminds her of the film The Dark Horse.
Winter in Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Images of Winter in Canterbury from Kete Christchurch.
New titles - July 2017
Explore the newest stuff in our collection. New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
New Books - 29 June [blog post]
Recent titles that have caught Fee's eye.
Happy Birthday James K. Baxter! [blog post]
Poet James K. Baxter was born in Dunedin on 29 June 1926. Learn more about his work and life in Fee's post.
An invitation to celebrate Jane Austen [blog post]
The staff of Central Library Peterborough extends a most cordial invitation to celebrate 200 years of Jane Austen on Tuesday, 18 July.
Top Pick Children's Books June 2017 [book list]
A selection of recently arrived recommended books for younger readers - a Christchurch City Libraries List.
Review: When Dimple Met Rishi [blog post]
Alina finds this new YA novel is perfect cosy winter reading.
Reading brown: Pacific stories and voices [blog post]
Kiwi author Paula Morris recently asked "Why aren't you reading brown?". Moata recommends a couple of titles by Maori and Pacific writers.
Picture books newsletter June 2017
Fun reading for the kids in your life - subscribe to our monthly Picture books newsletter and find out what's new, and explore some classics.
Coalgate or bust! The great snow of 1918 [blog post]
Christchurch is without power and Canterbury completely cut off. In 1918 it took travel by car, horse and skis to get the power back on.
Kids' Books newsletter June 2017
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Harry Potter: a personal history [blog post]
Alina reminisces about her history with the Harry Potter series as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone celebrates its 20th birthday.
Historical Fiction Newsletter June 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter [blog post]
It's been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published. Helen explains why she remains a fan.
Te Rerenga Korero - Wheowheo ana te haere! [blog post]
Wheowheo ana te haere! They went at full speed!
New Books - 23 June [blog post]
Fee sifts through the new books hitting shelves and picks her favourites for the week.
Alice Grundy feeding Topsy the horse: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Fun with Farts - Old MacDonald heard a fart [blog post]
Missbeecrafty finds there's much to laugh about in this new picture book by Olaf Felafel.
PressReader outage Thurs 22 June
There are problems accessing PressReader as at Thursday 22 June 9am. Our technical staff are looking into it. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Podcast - Child poverty and the Budget 2017 [blog post]
Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia with recommended reading on the topics of child poverty and economics.
Digital Library Tiki Tour [blog post]
Find out about our website and the resources you can find on it.
Themis Files : Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel [blog post]
Waking Gods is the much awaited sequel to Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel's first novel of the Themis Files series.
Te Rerenga Korero - Koira!
Koira! Yes, that’s the one!
National Volunteer Week 2017
This week is National Volunteer Week.
World Refugee Day - 20 June
Today is World Refugee Day.
Matariki crafts
We've added instructions about how to make a star for Matariki.
School holidays - July 2017
Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children. KidsFest will be keeping Christchurch kids busy in July. Check out the holiday programmes and activities at our libraries and learning centres, and shows and performances for kids.
Shifting points of view - WORD Christchurch: 1 to 16 September 2017
Shifting points of view gives you a bumper crop of sessions from top writers and commentators. It's WORD Christchurch's part of the Christchurch Arts Festival and is designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.
Shifting points of view [booklist]
Read books by the writers visiting Christchurch in September.
Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show): Q&A with Kathleen Burns [interview]
Kate interviewed Kathleen Burns about The Court Theatre's v. cool show.
Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman translated by Jessica Cohen is this year's winner.
History and Current Events newsletter June 2017
Explore the latest history books in our collection.
Armchair Travel newletter June 2017
Explore the latest in travel books.
Thrillers and suspense newsletter June 2017
Explore the latest thrillers.
Lambda Literary Award winners 2017
See the winners of the Lambda awards.
The new Canterbury College building opened 140 years ago [blog post]
"Canterbury College was founded in 1873 and quickly gained 87 students. Despite the Canterbury College Board of Governors approving a Gothic Revival building design by Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort in 1874, delays occurred when it could not be decided where to build - land they owned on Worcester Street or adjacent to the Museum."
Finding Gobi [blog post]
Tania's reviews a book about a special dog.
National Flash Fiction Day 2017
Come along next week to the fab free event Flash in the Pan on National Flash Fiction Day 2017. When: 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 22 June 2017 Where: Space Academy, St Asaph Street
They Did What?! Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs Galore [booklist]
"There are so many people in this world whose lives are completely different from mine. Happy, sad, inspiring, challenging - these are some of my favourite books by and about some of those different people."
New books for June [blog post]
Here's the books Fee has her eyes on this month.
Photos
We've added some new photos of Matarki art and Worldwide Knit in Public Day.
Parihaka [updated]
We have updated our page on Parihaka with information on the Parihaka reconciliation.
Big Library Read 12 to 26 June
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is this month's Big Library Read. You can get this eBook on OverDrive right now - no holds, no queues, unlimited copies. Meet Mileva, The Other Einstein. Learn all about this remarkable woman by participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries, Big Library Read.
Te Rerenga Korero - Mau mau ana!
Mau mau ana! Caught! Nabbed!
Matariki Community Art Project
Find out where and when you can join in our Matariki Community Art Project.
Top of the web May 2017
Find out the most popular web pages, blog posts, and social media posts for May.
80 years old: Citizens' War Memorial (Cathedral Square) [blog post]
The Citizens' War Memorial is still there, hidden behind the cordon. It was unveiled on 9 June 1937.
Nurses' Home, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
100 years ago today: Sign of the Kiwi opens [blog post]
In June 1917, the new tea house at the summit of Dyer's Pass was officially opened. Find out the history of The Sign of the Kiwi.
Winter Sports in Canterbury: Ice Skating [blog post]
A fascinating look at the places Cantabrians have enjoyed that most wintery of activities... ice skating.
New Central Library construction [photos]
New images from the new Central Library construction site, taken on 6 June.
Recent necrology, May 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including musicians Gregg Allman and Chris Cornell, and Bond actor Roger Moore.
Podcast - 30 years nuclear-free New Zealand [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia.
Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction [updated]
Formerly the Orange prize for Fiction. Updated with 2017's winner.
Sir Julius Vogel Awards [upated]
New Zealand awards in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. Updated with the 2017 winners.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards [updated]
Updated with 2017 winners in the Picture Book, Nonfiction, and Fiction and Poetry categories.
Anne Boleyn - A King's Obsession [blog post]
"Alison Weir has an impressive body of work as a historical writer - both non-fiction and fiction - but I was amazed that she was willing to start a huge new series entitled Six Tudor Queens."
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
The Power by Naomi Alderman is this year's winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Stuff we love - June 2017
Our team share the stuff they are loving this month. A Staff Pickles list.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are administered by the New Zealand Book Council on behalf of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust. In 2016, the Awards merged with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Awards.
New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - 2017 finalists announced
"Characters burst off the pages, delighting us at every turn," say the judges of this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. They have selected 35 finalists for the 2017 awards, out of 152 submissions.
Teen Scene newsletter June 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
Te Rerenga Korero - Purere ana te oma! [blog post]
Purere ana te oma! Ran like a flash!
#Covfefe - or 'President Trump and Shakespeare are more alike than you might think' [blog post]
Trump isn't the only one who makes up words. Ladies and gents, meet Shakespeare...
Ciao Italia! a showcase of Italian fun, food and fanfare - Wednesday 14 June at The Colombo [blog post]
Fancy a trip to Italy but the budget won't stretch quite that far? Try Ciao Italia - showcasing Italian fun, food and fanfare Wednesday 14 June 2017, 6pm to 9.30pm at The Colombo 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham.
Win tickets to the NZSO Schumann & Barber concert [competition]
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are in town again this month with a concert featuring works by Brahms, Schumann and Barber on 21 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal. We have 2 double passes to give away.
Harold Parsons, Horse and Cart: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Harold Parsons in suit with three children. Child on Harold's knee is Basil Turner (later general manager of Turners Office Products, Colombo & Tuam St), others unknown. Location: St Martins, Christchurch. Date: circa 1915
The Gig Guide: June 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Te Iwa o Matariki - The Nine Stars of Matariki [blog post]
Maatakiwi talks about traditional knowledge relating to the stars of Matariki.
Queen's Birthday 2017 [blog post]
Queenly reading and information.
uncover - huraina issue 4 June to August 2017
Kia ora and welcome to our quarterly magazine, uncover - huraina. Explore and celebrate the resources, content, events, programmes and people of Christchurch City Libraries, Nga Kete Wananga o Otautahi. You can pick up a paper copy from your library, read the online mag, or download a PDF. Enjoy.
KidsFest 2017
KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 8 to 22 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and figure out what things you want to do! Tickets are on sale 9am this Thursday 1 June.
The Return of the She Devil [blog post]
Helen reviews Fay Weldon's follow up to The Life and Loves of a She Devil.
Gareth Farr - Warriors From Pluto - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Prospero Dreaming - New Zealand Guitar Music by Lilburn and Farquhar - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Spark New Zealand Piano Trios - Featuring NZTrio - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
uncover - huraina issue 4, June to August 2017
Read the issuu copy of our quarterly magazine.
Be in to win tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
We are running two exciting competitions during June and July this year. Express your creativity and be in to win 1 of 10 family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal.
Walton conducts Walton - The 1964 New Zealand Tour - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
New Titles June 2017
New CDs, DVDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks, fiction, non-fiction, large print, and stuff for kids and teens.
Te Ku Te Whe - Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Libraries closed Monday 5 June [news]
Kia ora. All of our libraries will be closed on Monday 5 June 2017 for the Queen's Birthday public holiday.
Dorothy Must Die!: The End of Oz [review]
Dorothy Must Die! is a young adult fantasy series by Danielle Paige; a new take on The Wizard of Oz, (which itself had many sequels). The End of Oz is the last (4th) book of the series.
John Psathas - Rhythm Spike - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Budget 2017
Information on the latest Budget.
Outage 8.15pm Sunday 28 May [news]
Due to a service migration, our catalogue and eResources will be affected from around 8:15pm. The outage may last until 9:15pm.
Old accommodation house [blog post]
An image from Kete Christchurch.
From Scratch - Songs for heroes [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Tami Neilson curls up with a good book [interview]
Kim interviews singer Tami Neilson.
40 years ago in a galaxy not far away ... [blog post]
"On a Wednesday in 1977 a phenomenon began. That phenomenon was Star Wars."
Shelver (permanent part-time and fixed term part-time)
There are shelving jobs available at Linwood, Spreydon, Fendalton, and Papanui Libraries.
Aubrey Diary [Twitter]
Follow @aubreydiary for tweets from the #ww100 diary of Edward Herbert Aubrey.
Otautahi Creation Station [events]
What gets you out of bed in the morning? If the answer is being creative, then come on down to Otautahi Creation Station - they are on at New Brighton, Aranui, and Central Library Peterborough.
Ipu by Gillian Whitehead [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Star Wars Day [photos]
Photos from our event at South Library.
Youth Week 2017
Youth Week starts on 26 May. Find out about what's happening at our libraries, and our resources and spaces for teens.
In a galaxy far, far away [booklist]
Exploring the Star Wars universe in books, music and DVDs. A Staff Pickles list.
Feeling festive, out of Africa! [blog post]
Roberta reports from the Franschoek Literary Festival.
RIP Chris Cornell - Soundgarden [blog post]
Simone explores resources about the recently passed lead singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell.
Douglas Lilburn - The Three Symphonies - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Kids' Books newsletter May 2017
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Historical Fiction Newsletter May 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter
Matariki - Maori New Year 2017 [blog post]
Find out what we've got planned for Matariki celebrations in 2017.
David Downes - The Rusted Wheel of Things - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Your favourite place to read - find out who won 3 books from HarperCollins New Zealand [blog post]
Thanks to all those who entered the favourite place to read - HarperCollins New Zealand competition.
All that jazz - Naxos Music Library Jazz is our newest music eResource [blog post]
We have a new streaming music service - Naxos Music Library Jazz. Good timing for jazz-lovers as the Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival starts here in Christchurch.
Learn a language with Rosetta Stone [blog post]
Introducing our latest eResource Rosetta Stone Library Solution, an online language learning tool.
The Dead Poets and the Non Poetry Reader [blog post]
Bibliobishi waxes lyrical about Laurie Lee and Dylan Thomas.
Three Symphonies by David Farquhar - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Fantasy newsletter May 2017
Find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors.
Tomboys, Dead Gophers, and a Coyote - Ivan Coyote at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season [blog post]
Kate reports back from the WORD Christchurch: Autumn season session with Canadian writer and storyteller, Ivan Coyote.
Anne Enright : Lyrical Words from The Green Road [blog post]
Fee reports back from the WORD Christchurch: Autumn season session with Irish author, Anne Enright.
Piano Preludes by Anthony Ritchie - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Adam McGrath unplugged - Saturday 20 May [event]
A free concert for NZ Music Month at Central Library Peterborough. Doors open 7pm.
Linwood College Showcase Concert 25 May [event]
This concert will feature cultural groups, the Linwood College jazz band, some rock bands and acoustic solos and duos.
James Gleick at WORD Christchurch: No spoilers for Time Travellers [blog post]
Moata reports back on James Gleick's talk about Time Travel - a brain-expanding WORD Christchurch event that discusses science, religion and movies.
Mr. Darwin’s Dances by Jonathan Besser - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Cool stuff from the selectors. What more could you ask for? Food, Cats and Storytelling [blog post]
Hot on the shelf.
Resolution and revolutionaries: A. N. Wilson, eminent biographer [blog post]
There was an understandably big crowd at The Piano last night for A. N. Wilson in conversation with Christopher Moore.
Fiction A to Z newsletter May 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Stella Duffy at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season [blog post]
Stella Duffy: writer, playwright, actor, improviser, founder and co-director of Fun Palaces, talks at WORD Christchurch Autumn Season.
You hit him he cry out by Dan Poynton free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
The Dark Tower: A Constant Reader worries [blog post]
Every fan of a book that's made into a movie worries about how it will turn out... Do Stephen King fans have double cause for concern with adaptations of The Dark Tower and IT due to hit screens?
Fife-ing it up with Ian Rankin [blog post]
Fan-lassy Joyce reports back on a brilliant WORD Christchurch event last night with the v. funny Mr Ian Rankin.
The WORD on Time Travel with James Gleick [blog post]
Fiona ponders the nature of time and remembers some time travel favourites from the past ahead of author James Gleick's talk in Christchurch.
Pulse by Jack Body - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Te Rerenga Korero - Karohia te hoariri! [blog post]
Karohia te hoariri! Dodge the opponent!
Q&A with Adam McGrath (part 3) [interview]
Adam McGrath is well known for his work with the band The Eastern. He will be Live at the Library for New Zealand Music Month 2017. We asked him some questions...
Touch Wood by Gitbox Rebellion - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Mabel Howard - New Zealand's first woman Cabinet Minister [blog post]
On 13 May 1947, Mabel Howard was voted into Cabinet by the Labour caucus.
Viola Aotearoa - New Zealand Compositions for Viola by Timothy Deighton - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2017
Talofa. Samoan Language Week 2017 will take place from 28 May to 3 June. Here at Christchurch City Libraries, we welcome you to join us for activities and storytimes.
Win 3 books from HarperCollins New Zealand [competition]
What’s your favourite place to read? Tell us, and win three books from HarperCollins New Zealand.
Va Pasifika - Christchurch City Libraries Pasifika Staff Network
Over the last 5 years, Va Pasifika has been working extremely hard to bring the Pacific into our libraries and our libraries out to the Pacific.
Koko and computers - Samoan Language Week Thurs 1 June 1pm South Library
E mana'omia lo outou susu mai tatou fa'ailoga fa'atasi le Gagana Samoa ma fa'ata'ita'i le fa'aaogaina o le Komeputa. E a'o'aoina ai le su'eina o tala fou, musika ma nisi mea aoga mai Samoa i luga le upega tafa'ilagi (internet).
Samoan language books and resources for children [booklist]
A booklist of resources in the Samoan language for kids.
The Islands by Christopher Blake - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More NZ music online for #NZMusicMonth.
An evening with Ivan Coyote - Tuesday 16 May [blog post]
Ali's looking forward to hearing Ivan Coyote at WORD Christchurch Autumn Season. Last year's Festival star is back in Christchurch next week.
History and current events May newsletter
Our History and Current Events newsletter is filled with great reads that tell stories of wars, revolutions, and extraordinary lives all over the world - in the here and now, and the past.
Popular culture May newletter
Our Popular Culture newsletter has selected new reads from the worlds of television, music, sport and film and featured favourites you might have missed.
Ukulele lowdown with Lynda [blog post]
Lynda is a great eResource to help you learn things - even the ukulele! Have a go this #NZMusicMonth.
Recent necrology, April 2017 [blog post]
A list of some well-known people who died recently.
New titles April 2017
New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
Jobs at Christchurch City Libraries
Find out about Associate Team Leader role in Fingertip Library and permanent and part-time/full-time library assistant roles.
Dr Aleisha Ward: 1950s Jazz Concerts Sat 13 May [event]
#NZMusicMonth Come and hear Dr Aleisha Ward talk about jazz concerts in the 1950s. Saturday 13 May 2.30pm at Central Library Peterborough.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 28 May to 3 June
Find out what's happening at libraries for Samoan Language Week and explore our Samoan resources.
New Zealand Sign Language Week
New Zealand Sign Language Week 2017 takes place this week. Deaf Aotearoa organises this celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
Murder in the Library - Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants panel discussion Tuesday 30 May 6.30pm [event]
2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Katherine Hayton and Mark McGinn will be joined by 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalist Tanya Moir and 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel winner Ray Berard. The foursome will discuss what drew them to crime writing, how they craft memorable characters and page-turning stories, and the impact of our New Zealand setting on tales of crime and mystery. Entry: Free event but bookings required.
Te Rerenga Korero - Kei te watea a ...! [blog post]
Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Maori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Mwaori - The Maori Language Commission publish weekly Maori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on. Kei te watea a ...! ... is free!
Grant Cooper & Concord Brass: Points in a Changing Circle - Brass Music by New Zealand Composers - free online New Zealand music
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Winds that Whisper by the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
More music for #NZMusicMonth.
Speak up Korerotia podcast on Cyberbullying
"Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. George Guild (Ara Institute of Canterbury), Nikki Wheeler (Sticks 'n' Stones) and Sean Lyons (Netsafe - via phone) join Sally to discuss cyberbullying."
Mother's Day : From Cradle to Stage by Virginia Hanlon Grohl [blog post]
"When Nirvana catapulted drummer Dave Grohl to fame, his Mum, Virginia, was surprised to be the mother of a Rock Star. Then when Dave reinvented himself as frontman of the Foo Fighters, Virginia quit teaching and began to travel the road. She didn't often meet other mothers at gigs, but always wanted to talk to them about how music shaped their lives."
Science Alive! - Science snippets in the library [updated]
We have added information on Term 2's Science Snippets. Topics include Chimp Culture, Curious Crystals, Space Discovery and more.
The Rankin File - Ian Rankin at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season [blog post]
"Ian Rankin is coming to town as part of WORD Christchurch, and I've got myself a ticket to go and see/hear him speak!"
Top of the web - April 2017
Information on the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in April.
7 May 1917: Canterbury Aviation Company makes first flights from Sockburn Aerodrome [blog post]
100 years ago Sir Henry Wigram's flight school, later Wigram Aerodrome, began operations in Sockburn.
Beyond the Green Road - an evening with Anne Enright [blog post]
Ali writes about the upcoming WORD Christchurch event featuring Irish author Anne Enright, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award.
Warm up your winter with Cinema Italiano Festival NZ [blog post]
Vanessa makes her picks for the best of the festival and there's a chance to win a double pass to the opening night of the Christchurch season on Wednesday, 14 June.
The voice inside by Lyell Cresswell - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
In The voice inside, Lyell Cresswell explores the ever-changing relationship between the soprano and violin soloists and the orchestra, while Cassandra's Songs, which also set words by Scottish poet Ron Butlin, is concerned with exile, identity and belonging.
Q&A with Adam McGrath (part 2) [blog post]
Adam McGrath is well known for his work with the band The Eastern. He will be Live at the Library for New Zealand Music Month 2017. We asked him some questions...
Aquarius: Music by John Ritchie - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
A concert overture Papanui Road was commissioned for the Christchurch Symphony's 25th Anniversary in 1987. The composer was John Ritchie, and Aquarius features a selection of works for string orchestra and full orchestra spanning thirty years of his life.
Issue with logging into eResources - Friday 5 May [news]
You may be experiencing difficulties logging on to our eResources. such as PressReader, OverDrive, and Borrowbox. If your password includes both uppercase and lowercase letters, please ensure your enter them in the correct case and you should be able to access eResources as normal. Our technical team are working on the issue and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible.Sorry for any inconvenience.
Bishopdale Library and Community Centre photos
See the latest images of construction of Bishopdale Library and Community Centre.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre construction photos
See the latest images of construction of Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Photos of new Central Library
See the latest images of construction at the new Central Library.
Five forget Mother's Day [blog post]
"If you'd told me when I was ten years old that I'd still enjoy a Famous Five tale 30 years later I'd have been thrilled. If you'd told me that at 15 I'd have been mortified. Such is the inextricable (and uncool) bond that Enid Blyton's youthful sleuths have with childhood, innocence, and jolly good fun. But things have changed and so have George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy. Get ready for "Enid Blyton for Grown-ups"."
A Chaos of Delight by Eve de Castro-Robinson - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
A Chaos of Delight by Eve de Castro-Robinson is a collection of solo and chamber works by de Castro-Robinson includes Split the Lark, Small Blue and Tumbling Strains, while performers include Andrew Uren, Dan Poynton and Mark Menzies.
Buses, Byzantium and fangirling Stella Duffy [blog post]
"While I'd spend quite a lot of that time reading I also used to enjoy looking out of the window at the variety of people and places. I always enjoyed the Mixed Blessings Bakery, Rimworld the hat shop, and the halal noodle bar. On a more serious note, there was also a memorial to victims of the Blitz on the side of the Cuming Museum. As with any city it was a true palimpsest, with many layers of history side by side and intermingled."
The Pearl Thief [blog post]
Alina reviews the latest novel from Elizabeth Wein, a sequel to "Code Name Verity".
Teen Scene newsletter May 2017
Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.
All about Ada - Ada Wells, the first female elected to Christchurch City Council [blog post]
On 2 May 1917, Ada Wells was the first woman elected to the Christchurch City Council. Find out more about this pioneering politician.
Pink and White by Martin Setchell - free online New Zealand music
Another online musical treasure gets the spotlight for New Zealand Music Month.
A.N. Wilson at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season [blog post]
Helen looks forward to British historian A.N. Wilson's session at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season.
Douglas Lilburn - Complete Electro Acoustic Works - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) is considered 'the father of New Zealand music'. Find out how to access his works online.
The Gig Guide: May 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Te Rerenga Korero - Kei raro e putu ana! [blog post]
Kei raro e putu ana! We lost!
New titles May 2017
New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Biography [updated]
Updated with the 2016 Shortlist.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction [updated]
Updated with the 2016 Shortlist.
Q&A with Adam McGrath (part 1) [blog post]
Adam McGrath of The Eastern answers questions about music,
Hugo Awards [updated]
The best writing in science fiction and fantasy, updated with the 2017 finalists in the categories of novel, novella, novelette, short story, graphic story and related works.
New eResource - The BWB Collections [blog post]
Bridget Williams Books (BWB) have a series of online collections that are now available at Christchurch City Libraries. Find out more about this collection of New Zealand non-fiction titles.
Kids' Books newsletter April 2017
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading..
Te Rerenga Korero - Kua riro te poro! [blog post]
Kua riro te poro! Lost the ball!
Review: Dear Ijeawele [blog post]
" first came to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work via The Thing Around Your Neck. I like short story collections for discovering new authors because there's so much less commitment -- I read a couple of stories and if I like them I continue; if not, I've only lost a few minutes of my time. The former, in this case."
Researching Aurora Australis [blog post]
"I have been out trying to catch a glimpse of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights."
Roverandom: J. R. R. Tolkien [blog post]
"I thought I'd read all of Tolkien's works. I even have the Children of Hurin. Then I discovered this little gem."
The Girl Before : JP Delaney [blog post]
Fiona loves the new psychological thriller by JP Delaney.
Historical Fiction Newsletter April 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Samoan Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2017
Samoan Language Week 2017 takes place from 28 May. Here at Christchurch City Libraries we are celebrating with storytimes in Samoan, Samoan Se'evae Toso Toso (jandal) craft activities, and a computer session.
Timelapse video of new Central Library.
Time lapse of construction of the new Central Library on Gloucester St and Cathedral Square. Video published with permission of Southbase Construction.
Top Pick Children's Books April 2017
Kim's recommended selection of recently arrived books.
Sergeant Henry James Nicholas V.C., M.M [blog post]
Henry Nicholas was the first soldier from the Canterbury Regiment to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Find out more about this local soldier.
Flip Grater: On food, music and parenting [interview]
Christchurch singer-songwriter Flip Grater is back 'on stage' after a hiatus from performing. She talks music, cookbooks and motherhood.
Maori Contribution to WWI [booklist]
A list highlighting resources about the Maori contribution to WWI, with something for everybody - images, audio, video and more.
Podcast - Discussing Autism [blog post]
The latest podcast from human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia, with suggested reading and resources on the topic of Autism.
Anzac Day in Christchurch 2017 [blog post]
Tuesday 25 April is Anzac Day. Find out about local services and commemorations for Anzac Day.
The magic word 'Anzac' [blog post]
We look back 100 years to the First World War, the emergence of the term 'Anzac' and the significant battles of 1917.
Biography and Memoir newsletter April 2017
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Nature and Science newsletter April 2017
For titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous about the world we live in be sure to read our bi-monthly Nature and Science newsletter.
Fiction A to Z newsletter April 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter & discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Te Rerenga Korero - Tangohia! [blog post]
Tangohia! Take it!
Your history, my history, our history [blog post]
As a migrant, Roberta has taken some time to ease her way into the history of her adopted home. She shares the books that helped her.
The Little Breton Bistro [blog post]
Helen reviews the latest novel by the author of the bestselling "The Little Paris Bookshop".
The International DUBLIN Literary Award [updated]
The 2017 shortlist has been announced.
If Blood Should Stain the Wattle [blog post]
Angela reviews the latest instalment in Australian writer Jackie French's 'Matilda' series.
History and Current Events newsletter April 2017
Power players and significant moments in history, and in this issue, featured titles on monarchs in different countries and eras.
Pulitzer Prizes [updated]
Updated with 2017 winners in the biography or autobiography, drama, fiction, poetry, history and general non-fiction categories.
Haere ra, John (and Fred) [blog post]
Yet another Kiwi icon passes. But his legend will live on. We remember John Clarke aka Fred Dagg.
The passing of a major poet [blog post]
A look at the life of internationally acclaimed Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko who recently passed away.
Armchair Travel newsletter April 2017
No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Thrillers and Suspense newsletter April 2017
Explore the latest Thriller and Suspense titles.
Te Rerenga Korero - Wetiweti ana [blog post]
Wetiweti ana! Mean!/Wicked!
Recent necrology, March 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including Murray Ball, 1939-2017, Chuck Berry, and Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter.
NZ Music Month 2017 - Live in the library [blog post]
Find out about our exciting plans for NZMM this year, featuring Adam McGrath of The Eastern.
Upcoming opportunities for Maori writers and students [blog post]
Applications are closing soon for the Pikihuia Awards and the Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarships.
Podcast - Changing face of rural New Zealand [podcast]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia.
Storylines Awards [updated]
Updated with 2017 winners.
CSO Music trails in the library [updated]
Now with details of which types of musical ensembles will appear at each library performance.
Conscientious objectors: Cowards or courageous? [blog post]
"Little is mentioned these days of conscientious objectors and the courage it took to stick to their convictions, but those that chose this position were degraded, despised, accused of being traitors, and ostracised."
Spies, Detectives and Mysteries Children's Chapter Books booklist
Solve mysteries with books about spies and detectives.
Eye spy books children's picture books booklist
There is a lot to find and explore and spy in these children's picture books.
Eye spy books children's non-fiction booklist
Learn what it takes to be a spy. Or hunt and discover the secrets hidden in these 'Search and Find' titles.
Top of the web March 2017 [blog post]
Information on the webpages and blog posts that were popular in March.
April 2017 newsletter for customers
Easter hours, School holidays, News about your libraries, Learn a skill today
Stuff we love: April 2017 [booklist]
The Staff Pickles pick their fave books and movies of the month.
One thousand ropes [blog post]
Jan-Hai reviews Tusi Tamasese's new movie.
Beat those change-of-season sniffles! [blog post]
"Autumn has arrived suddenly and those cool mornings and nights are playing havoc with our bodies. Boost your immune system with some good info."
My kind of food by Valli Little [blog post]
"I was super excited to get the chance to review Valli Little’s latest cookbook My Kind of Food. As an avid eater (but a rather basic cook who loves to experiment) it sounded right up my alley. My hopeful assumption was that the title would mean there would be no En vessie or Tiger lily buds involved?"
Te Rerenga Korero - Hopukina! [blog post]
Hopukina! Catch it!
Multicultural expressions of Islamic art [blog post]
South Library is privileged to be hosting Multicultural Expressions of Islamic Art, an exhibition of items and images that belong to the multicultural Muslim community in Christchurch. The exhibition will be running from Sunday 2 April to Sunday 9 April. The display is organised by the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust (CMCT) with support from Creative Communities NZ.
Kids' books newsletter - March 2017
Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
NZSO Mozart and Beethoven concert ticket winners [blog post]
C Dodd and W Harvie won tickes to this concert.
The Gig guide: April 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Bishopdale 2017 - The Christchurch Documentary Project [blog post]
Photography students from the School of Fine Arts are photographing the people and the physical environment of Bishopdale from March through to August this year with the goal of building an archive of contemporary documentary images. Contact us to get involved.
Mr Bunny's chocolate factory - a timely tale [blog post]
Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory couldn't be a more timely tale for Easter.
Historical Fiction Newsletter March 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Te Rerenga Korero - Eke Tangaroa! [blog post]
Eke Tangaroa! Win! / Made it!
Sick leave and a personality change [blog post]
Roberta tries some recuperative reading while off sick and finds it's the bloodthirsty rather than cosy that appeals.
New Central Library construction [photos]
See the latest images of our new Central Library building under construction on Gloucester St/Cathedral Square.
Train crash: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Can you tell us more about this heritage image from Kete Christchurch?
Ashleigh Young and Hera Lindsay Bird at the WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Art Gallery [blog post]
Our report back from the WORD Christchurch event featuring poet Hera Lindsay Bird and writer Ashleigh Young.
Win tickets to the NZSO Beethoven and Mozart concert [competition]
We have 2 double passes to give away to library members. All you need to do is name one of our music eResources and fill out the competition entry form below. Entries close at 5pm on Monday, 27 March and winners will be announced on Tuesday 28 March.
National Book Critics Circle Awards [updated]
Updated with this year's winners.
Opening of the Harbour Light Theatre [blog post]
Officially opened on 20th March 1917, a potted history of this now gone Lyttelton landmark.
Te Rerenga Korero - Tapatapahi ana! [blog post]
Tapatapahi ana! Cool /Choice!
Fiction A to Z newsletter March 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten. This month's featured titles are short story collections.
Knights and Princesses Day [blog post]
Hear ye, hear ye! The populace of Central Library Peterborough invite one and all for an afternoon of medieval entertainment, to take place from 1-3pm on Saturday the 25th of March.
Who ate all the pies? OverDrive Big Library Read - 16 to 30 March [blog post]
Art of the Pie by pie-guru Kate McDermott is this month's Big Library Read (March 16-30) on OverDrive
Jobs at Christchurch City Libraries
Find out about current vacancies at the library, including library assistant postions.
Boss Baby - based on a book [blog post]
Before Boss Baby the movie there was ... Boss Baby the book!
PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction 2017
See the 2017shortlist.
Baileys Women's Prize for fiction 2017
Read your way through the longlist for this literary prize.
Murray Ball finds a Slice of Heaven [blog post]
Fee has written a lovely tribute to her hometown hero Murray Ball.
Top tips for the book sale [blog post]
Jane has got some top book sale tips for you.
History and Current Events newsletter March 2017
Topics covered include Donald Trump, modern snobbery, ancient Athens, the refugee crisis, and the making of the atomic bomb.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter March 2017
Boho embroidery, dealing with firewood the Scandinavian way, your guide for a stylish home and books on making your own beauty products.
Popular Culture newsletter March 2017
Timeless style, West Coast rappers, and a uniquely illustrated football history plus some humorous takes on the quest for self-improvement.
Caraval: Magical fantasy [blog post]
Moata reviews Stephanie Garber's debut young adult novel - a combination of magic, mystery and romance.
Te Rerenga Korero - Heke ana te werawera! [blog post]
Heke ana te werawera! Lots of sweat!
Emily Writes talks [interview]
Emily Writes talks about her new parenting book, Rants in the dark.
Science Alive Under 5 Fest - Hands-on science fun for kid [blog post]
Science Alive's annual Under 5 Fest gives kids under the age of 5 (and their parents and caregivers and educators) a heap of hands-on science fun. It's on from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm at Table Tennis Canterbury stadium, 294 Blenheim Road Riccarton.
Maude Chisnall, aged 16: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
Maude Chisnall. Photo taken by Standish & Preece. High Street, Christchurch. Date: c.1902 from Kete Christchurch.
New magazine and eMagazine titles at your library [blog post]
Here are some of the new magazines and eMagazines at Christchurch City Libraries.
The Mikado: A very modern comedy [review]
Kate went along to The Mikado: "Harajuku girls, the use of cellphones as a plot device, and references to Donald Trump and theatre etiquette mean you'll forget that this opera has been around for long enough to become a theatre classic, and will enjoy it even if you aren't a regular opera-goer."
New Central Library construction [photos]
Latest images from the construction site of the new Central Library on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets.
Recent necrology, February 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including children's author/illustrator Dick Bruna, actor Bill Paxton and singer Al Jarreau.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful [blog post]
The author of 'Not if I see you first' tackles mental health and trauma in his new YA novel.
Teen Scene newsletter March 2017
This month: Paranormal fiction about an infernal bounty hunter, a magical circus fantasy, and reads by Canadian authors.
Chatting with a Poo-Bah [interview]
"Australian bass-baritone Andrew Collis has performed all over the world and appears in this production in the role of Poo-Bah. I chatted with him last week about the world of The Mikado, humour, and the family link to W. S. Gilbert that fostered his interest in opera."
All about (nasty) women - WORD Christchurch [blog post]
Alina reports back from the All About women session last Sunday.
The Hill of Hope - Cashmere Sanatorium [blog post]
Simon explores the history of the sanatorium that provided treatment and recovery for people with tuberculosis.
Armageddon - No, not the end of the world [blog post]
Rose takes a look at the Armageddon Entertainment Expo on in Christchurch this weekend.
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 shortlist
We link to the shortlisted titles in our collection.
Top of the web - February 2017 [blog post]
Here's the online stuff that was most popular in February.
International Women's Day 2017
Explore our resources for and about women.
Culture Galore Festival 2017
Culture Galore is on Saturday 11 March at Ray Blank Park, 46 Maidstone Road, Ilam from 12 to 4pm.
Librarians who write [blog post]
How many of our librarians have written books?
Cool stuff from the selectors [blog post]
Hot on the shelf.
Gig guide March 2017
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Seeing red [blog post]
The redheads are rising ...
Cool stuff from the selectors - kids [blog post]
Some fab new books for kids.
Big Bargain Book Sale 24 and 25 March 2017
Put this one in your diary - our big bargain book sale at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre.
Imagination Station Library Pop Up
Imagination Station is bringing LEGO to a Christchurch city library near you in March, April and May. First up, New Brighton on Saturday 4 March.
uncover - huraina March to May 2017 [library magazine]
Explore and celebrate the resources, content, events, programmes and people of Christchurch City Libraries, Nga Kete Wananga o Otautahi.
My library - Rachael King [interview]
Writer and Literary Director of WORD Christchurch Rachael King talks about libraries, Christchurch, and picks her top books for kids and teens.
April 2017 school holiday programmes
Here's information on the school holiday programmes this April.
New Central Library [photos]
Latest photos of the new Central Library build taken on 22 February.
Lyttelton Library [photos]
Latest photos of repair and refurbishment from Lyttelton Library and Customer Services. Reopening 13 March.
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir [blog post]
In 1940 the Chilbury village men are called upon to fight leaving the village choir without male voices. A novel about the WWII homefront.
Historical Fiction February 2017 newsletter
Browse our latest selection of riveting stories from times past, including novels in which characters fight against or resist Nazis.
"Here comes your band..." [blog post and competition]
Dan explains why he's excited to see the Pixies live in concert. Enter our competition to win a double pass to the Christchurch concert on 9 March.
Te Matatini: Excellence in Maori Performing Arts [blog post]
It's one of the biggest events on the National Maori calendar. Learn more about Te Matatini.
Gas Mask: Picturing Canterbury [blog post]
One of the Pearce family wearing a WWI gas mask at the Pearce family home on Aikmans Road, Merivale, about 1919.
Do you judge a book by its cover? [blog post]
Sometimes the blurb and cover of a book can lead you astray. Missbeecrafty gets it wrong but finds a great read in the process.
22 February 2017 [photos]
Photos from Christchurch on the sixth anniversary of the earthquake.
Friends of the library February newsletter
Read the latest Friends of the Library newsletter.
The modern library debate [Bibliofile blog post]
"Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye was on Kim Hill's show recently, talking about his work. He provided an interesting description of what he thinks a modern library is like."
WORD Christchurch - All About Women [blog post]
All about the upcoming WORD Christchurch event featuring an impressive range of writers on a "Nasty Women" panel.
Podcast - Bilingualism in a single language-dominant society [blog post]
The latest podcast from human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. With recommended reading and resources about language learning.
Nature and Science newsletter February 2017
For titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous about the world we live in be sure to read our bi-monthly Nature and Science newsletter.
Bilingualism in a single language-dominant society [blog post and podcast]
In this episode Sally speaks with University of Canterbury and Growing up with Two Languages researchers Una Cunningham and Jin Kim, and activists/teachers Anya Filippochkina and Jawad Arefi, who discuss community/heritage language bi- and multilingualism in a single language-dominant society.
What languages do you speak? [blog post]
UNESCO's International Mother Language Day (21 February 2017) is a chance to celebrate the different languages we all speak, and to encourage people to read, learn, and share ideas in their native language.
Local author Jane Seaford: The Insides of Banana Skins [blog post]
Jane Seaford (Lyttelton, Dead is Dead and other stories) tells a story of a group of young naive women and men who live together, exploring the freedom of late 1960s London.
Te Rerenga Korero - Koina! [blog post]
Koina! Yes, that's it!
Christchurch - Our underground story [blog post]
A new "lift the flaps" book is telling the story of the infrastructure under our feet and raising funds for a great cause.
Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Earthquake Commemorations [blog post]
The sixth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 quake is on this Wednesday 22 February. There are events on for the community to come together to reflect, and remember.
Holi :The Festival of Colours - Saturday 4 March 2017 [blog post]
Holi Hai! With the Holi festival approaching its fourth year of being held in Christchurch, people should no longer be surprised by the sight of respectable adults running around, throwing coloured powder and water at each other in the first week of March.
My date with Lynda [blog post]
Simone tries ou Lynda.com, an online video tutorial website with 5,800 courses and 260,000 tutorials.
Mask Making at the Makerspace Workshop [blog post]
Come and check out our mask display at the South Learning Centre.
We need to talk about America ... [blog post]
"Not that we haven't been doing just that for the last few months, but there's so much to say."
Girls Zone [blog post]
So many exciting things are happening in our libraries ...
History and Current Events: picks from our latest newsletter
Our History and Current Events newsletter is filled with great reads that tell stories of wars, revolutions, and extraordinary lives all over the world - in the here and now, and the past.
Science fiction (double feature) [blog post]
"Mostly I seem to be into Adventures in space! books at the moment" - Alina recommends some sci fi books.
Canterbury's residential red zone [blog post and podcast]
Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. The latest episode deals with issues surrounding land in Canterbury that since the 2010/2011 earthquakes has been zoned red and no longer suitable for residential use.
New Central Library [photos]
Latest photos taken of the construction of the new Central Library building on Cathedral Square at the corner of Gloucester Street and Colombo Street.
Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherer' Book Reviews [blog post]
Here is a list of Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers' Book Reviews, as assembled by Kate into a booklist.
Parklands at Play - Sunday 19 February [blog post]
If you are in Parklands on Sunday 19th February, come over and join the fun.
New Brighton Library [photos]
Take a sneak peek inside New Brighton Library. It has had its repairs and reopens to the public on Monday 13 February.
100 years ago today: Antarctic explorers remembered [blog post]
"A hundred years ago, on 9 February 1917, two very different Antarctic stories were being celebrated in New Zealand."
Kite Day 2017 [photos]
We've added some photos from Kite Day at New Brighton beach.
Sparks [updated]
Updated with wet weather information and the musical pieces to be played at this year's concert on Saturday, 11 February.
Recent necrology, January 2017 [blog post]
Some well-known people who have died recently including John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore and Om Puri.
Have your say about library events and programmes [blog post]
We are reviewing our schedule of public programmes and events and would love to hear from customers (and potential customers) about which activities you'd like to see prioritised. Fill out our survey!
Lunar New Year Family Fun Day [photos]
Taken at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, Saturday 4 February 2017.
Teen Scene newsletter February 2017
This month: The latest sci-fi fantasy from Divergent's Veronica Roth, the final book in a steampunk trilogy and stories about love and romance.
On your bike! - Go by bike day 2017 [blog post]
Go by bike day is on Wednesday 8 February. Find out more about a local Go By Bike Day event and other cycling information and initiatives.
New titles January 2017
Explore the newest stuff in our collection. New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
Te Rerenga Korero - Engari koe! [blog post]
Engari koe! Get you! /Gee, you're the one!
New titles on Access Video [blog post]
"The library has recently added over 100 new titles to this collection. Although most are about some aspect of American life, there are many of interest to those of us Down Under."
Treaty of Waitangi - Do you want to know more? [blog post]
Christchurch City Libraries has an excellent eResource The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books.
Temporary Lyttelton Library will close for good 1 pm on Saturday 25 February [news]
The newly refurbished Lyttelton Library and Customer Services will reopen on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets Monday 13 March 10am.
3D printing at the library
Find out how you can get things 3D printed at the library.
Off the shelf: January 2017 [blog post]
Voracious reader Robyn has been sharing with us on a regular basis the titles that she has been adding to her For Later shelf. Here are some more titles that have recently graduated to her Completed shelf.
New Zealand General Election [updated]
Updated with the date of the next General Election, Saturday 23 September 2017.
February 2017 new titles
Our latest arrivals - New Titles are split into eight categories: Audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, children, fiction, large print, non-fiction, young adults.
Lucy Dillon - All I ever wanted [blog post]
All I Ever Wanted tells the story of how this family is broken apart, then brought together by a common goal: to get Nancy to speak again.
Saying goodbye to Princess Leia [blog post]
A long-time Star Wars fan reviews the late Carrie Fisher's memoir, The Princess Diarist.
New Brighton Pier [updated]
Updated with information about current earthquake repairs.
Dragon Springs Road - Janie Chang [blog post]
Fiona reviews a new historical fiction set against the dramatic backdrop of the 1911 Chinese Revolution; the last reign of the Xing Dynasty.
Te Rerenga Korero - Anana! [blog post]
Anana! That's it!
WAI 262 Resources [booklist]
Wai 262, otherwise known as the indigenous flora and fauna claim or the Maori cultural intellectual property claim, is a wide reaching, comprehensive claim about matauranga Maori and the place of Maori knowledge, culture and identity in contemporary New Zealand life. This list is a compilation of handy resources relating to Wai 262. Subjects include rongoa, taonga works, intellectual property and published official reports involved in the Wai 262 inquiry which may be helpful for questions concerning individual aspects of the Wai 262 claim.
Podcast - Antarctica [blog post]
The latest podcast from human rights radio show Speak up - Korerotia. With recommended reading and resources.
The Gig Guide: February 2017 [blog post]
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
Reading Poetry Around the World [blog post]
Robyn reports back from a local poetry event featuring Stephen Burt, Paul Millar and Fergus Barrowman.
ProQuest Outage Sunday 29 January [news]
ProQuest products will be unavailable on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 4pm to midnight.
Picture books newsletter January 2017
Fun reading for the kids in your life - subscribe to our monthly Picture books newsletter and find out what's new, and explore some classics.
Dog Man Unleashed at the library [blog post]
Bow-wowie! Who let the dogs out? The second in the Dog Man series has just been unleashed and a giant Dog Man is on tour across Christchurch City Libraries.
Kites and Kite Day
Find out more about Kite Day on this Sunday in New Brighton, and explore kite resources in our collection.
A Month with April-May [blog post]
"If you love smart and funny girls who tell it like it is, there's a new girl for you to meet in A Month with April-May by Edyth Bulbring."
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury - Monday 6 February 2017 [blog post]
Find out about Christchurch and Canterbury Waitangi Day celebrations in 2017.
Stonewall Book Awards - Children’s and Young Adult [updated]
Updated with this year's winners for books of exceptional merit examining the lesbian, gay and/or bisexual experience.
Randolph Caldecott Medal [updated]
Updated with 2017's medal winner and "honor" picture book titles.
John Newbery Medal [updated]
Updated with 2017's winner of the Newbery Medal and "honor" titles.
Coretta Scott King Award [updated]
Updated with this year's winning authors and illustrators of children's books.
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury - Monday 6 February 2017 [blog post]
Local events and celebrations for New Zealand's national day.
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars [blog post]
Angela takes a trip to 1960s Soho with Miranda Emmerson's new novel.
For Later: Stephen Burt, visiting poet [blog post]
Robyn adds a couple of poetry titles to her For Later shelf ahead of an event featuring visiting American poet, Stephen Burt.
Edge of the East - The Christchurch Documentary Project [blog post]
Waimairi Beach, North Beach, New Brighton, South Brighton and Southshore - these seaside communities and the people who proudly call them home that have been the focus of three documentary photography students from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts: Janneth Gil, Rachel Pugh and Tegan Hollis-Ristow.
Historical Fiction Newsletter January 2017
Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter.
Te Rerenga Korero - Patua! [blog post]
Patua! Hit it!
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction [upated]
Updated with 2017 finalists and winner.
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction [updated]
Updated with 2017 finalists and winner.
Costa Book Award Winners [updated]
We list the winners in the children's, novel, first novel, biography and poetry categories.
Lunar New Year [updated]
Find out more about Lunar New Year, and celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a range of fun activities at libraries.
Lunar New Year Children's Books [book list]
Children's Books about Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) - fiction and non-fiction, including craft and eBooks.
On Love and Art and Maps [blog post]
Roberta looks into the latest book trend - maps with an artistic difference.
YA reviews: Clover moon, Don’t even think about it, and Think twice [blog post]
Want the skinny on books? Check out what the Cashmere High School Read and Review Team have to say.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: Thinking about trends [blog post]
What topics will be hot in 2017? Jane has some good ideas.
Cool stuff from the selectors: How the other half lives [blog post]
Jane highlights some gorgeous new books.
Biography and memoir newsletter January 2017
Subscribe to our monthly Biography and Memoir newsletter and explore the interesting lives of a diverse group of people.
Last of the giants: The true story of Guns n' roses [blog post]
"Guns N' Roses are long overdue their definitive biography. Mick Wall, a former writer for Kerrang, Sounds and Melody Maker has finally written one."
Most popular titles of 2016 for children
What are the most popular items at Christchurch City Libraries? In an attempt to find out the answer, our staff have compiled reports on the most popular adult, children's and young adult titles. The titles are in order of how many times they were borrowed from our libraries.
Most popular adult fiction titles in 2016
What are the most popular items at Christchurch City Libraries? In an attempt to find out the answer, our staff have compiled reports on the most popular adult, children's and young adult titles. The titles are in order of how many times they were borrowed from our libraries.
Most popular adult nonfiction titles 2016
What are the most popular items at Christchurch City Libraries? In an attempt to find out the answer, our staff have compiled reports on the most popular adult, children's and young adult titles. The titles are in order of how many times they were borrowed from our libraries.
National Book Critics Circle Awards 2016
We've added the 2016 finalists to these literary award pages.
Summer reading, had me a blast [blog post]
Moata reviews her summer reading - fantasy fiction, a different look at a sci-fi classic, actorly memoirs and more.
Mobile Library Timetable [updated]
The updated schedule for Mobile Library stops in 2017.
For Later: January 2017 [blog post]
New year, new books! Robyn's picks of the latest library titles that she's adding to her For Later shelf.
Te Rerenga Korero - Haukerekerehia! [blog post]
Haukerekerehia! Smash 'em!
A to Z fiction newsletter January 2017
Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter & discover reads to engage and enlighten.
Fantasy newsletter January 2017
Get a bit more fantasy in your month - subscribe to our monthly Fantasy newsletter and find out about new fantasy titles.
On espionage [blog post]
Whether it's true tales of espionage you're interested in or riveting spy fiction we've got plenty of reading options for you.
Tell you what #AotearoaReads [blog post]
Great summer reading of the Kiwi kind.
The Beano Annual 2017 [blog post]
Did you know, you can also view the latest weekly issues of The Beano on PressReader? The last three months are available - just sign in with your library card number and password.
Living by the moon: Wiremu Tawhai’s legacy [blog post]
Maatakiwi reviews a book about traditional Maori knowledge and the lunar calendar.
New Central Library [photos]
Latest photos of the construction of the new Central Library.
Bishopdale Community Centre and Library [photos]
Latest photos of construction.
Recent necrology - December 2016
Information on well-known people who have died recently.
Best Books of 2016 according to a Year 9 class [booklist]
Ever wondered what a whole class of year nine students might choose as their best reads of 2016? Check out this list for the low down.
What were you reading when? [blog post]
"What were you reading when all the events of 2016 took place? Looking back on my reading year, here's what brought me a bit of comfort in those weird and wonderful times."
The Diamond Horse - A cool read for summer! [blog post]
"D'you know what arrived at the library the other day? Brand new copies of Stacy Gregg's twenty-first pony book, that's what!"
Popular Culture newsletter January 2017
In this issue: Epic bike rides of the world, Robert Wagner on his leading ladies, and memoirs from people who are famous on the Internet.
Home, Garden and DIY newsletter January 2017
In this issue: Get glam with your garden, a cookbook that promises effortless entertaining, and stylish furniture projects to try.
History and Current Events newsletter January 2017
WWII's Manhattan Project, the racial justice movement in America, the story of a family separated by the Berlin Wall for 40 years and more.
It's the year of the Rooster, but I'm a Rat [blog post]
"I was about 20 when I encountered Chinese New Year for the first time."
Pippi Longstocking - 70 years young, and still going strong [blog post]
"I remember reading Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking as a child, and thinking what a wonderful, exciting life this nine-year-old girl had. With no adults to tell her what to do, a pet monkey and horse who lived in her house, and two good friends who lived right next door with whom she could have adventures every day, this girl - to my young brain, at least - was living the dream."
What do young love and literary magazines have in common? [blog post]
"Why would one read a literary magazine in the time when novels are still the hottest form on the scene? Because reading a literary magazine is like being young and ready to fall in love every day fresh. "
The Thug hunter of Cashmere [blog post]
"The back roads of North India’s mofussil in the first half of the nineteenth century were not a place where you would wish to find yourself alone."
Mimi Kiwi - in Inspector Flytrap [blog post]
"A kiwi in a mystery ... How curious!'
Canterbury - a hive of activity for 165 years [blog post]
"165 years ago this January, a ship called the Mary arrived in Lyttelton bringing two hives of honey bees from Nelson."
Salman Rushdie: Storytelling as Scheherazade [blog post]
"I love reading Salman Rushdie. He weaves the most colourful and beautiful stories, with a little magic shining through like gold threads. Transporting the reader to different cultures, countries and times, his stories often address current issues through the medium of fantasy."
Who likes what [blog post]
"A favourite end of year time-waster is looking at Best of lists compiled by writers I admire. If books appear on more than one list they must be really good. Surely."
Te Rerenga Korero- Haua te poro!
Haua te poro! Hit the ball!
System reboot Wednesday 11 January from 8pm [news]
A system reboot on Wednesday 11 January from 8pm will affect access to eResources such as PressReader. You may not be able to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks during this time.
Diamond Harbour Library closed now, re-opening Friday 20 January [news]
Diamond Harbour Library is closed from now until Friday 20 January. The closure is required for electrical work as part of the on-going refurbishment of the Diamond Harbour Community Centre and Hall.
New Central Library [photos]
New photos of the construction of this new facility.
Bishopdale Community Centre and Library [photos]
New photos of the construction of this new facility.
Historical fiction newsletter
Tales from ancient and more recent history.
Old friends, old friends [blog post]
"While 2016 was taking its final victims, one smaller obituary caught my eye amidst the many articles on the passing of Carrie Fisher and George Michael. The obituary was for Richard Adams, author of Watership Down. At 96, we certainly could not say that Adams' rich life was cut short, but to lose him at the same time as Carrie Fisher hit me a little hard."
Teen scene newsletter
Stories from a teenage point of view.
The Gig Guide: January 2017
Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue?
New year, new you [blog post]
"Who do you want to be in 2017? Someone better organised/less stressed/fitter/richer/more fulfilled?"
Christmas card making at Shirley Library [photos]
Christmas card making using 3D printed stencils, Shirley Library, 13 December 2016.