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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.
Digging Christchurch: Underground Overground Archaeology display [blog post]
Underground Overground Archaeology have a fascinating collection of old stuff on display at South Library.
Biography and Memoir December 2014 newsletter
Brando's Smile, Childhood of an Idiot and Cabin Fever: just some of the intriguing new titles in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter. Don't miss out - subscribe to receive our newsletters direct in your inbox.
Diamond Harbour Library to re-open on Thursday
The Diamond Harbour Library is scheduled to re-open on Thursday 18 December. Its repairs have been completed.
Name the new Halswell library, pool, and community facility [competition]
Construction on the new library, pool and community facility in Halswell is coming along nicely. We need your creative input to suggest a name for what will be a major facility and permanent touchstone in the Halswell community.
New Brighton hot air balloon accident 1995
We've updated our disaster pages to include the 1995 New Brighton hot air balloon accident.
Nature and Science December 2014 newsletter
Innovators, sports science, fracking and the natural world feature in the December Nature and Science newsletter.
Wanted: catchy name [Press release]
The Christchurch City Council is running a competition to find a name for the new Halswell library, pool and community facility.
Fiction A to Z December 2014 newsletter
The offerings in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter include works by Michael Faber, David Nicholls, Richard Ford and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan. Don't miss out - subscribe to receive our newsletters direct in your inbox.
Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards
Explore the winners and finalists of the 2014 awards.
History and Current Events newsletter
Liberty Style, Bungalows and Gin, Glorious Gin feature in our December History and Current Events newsletter.
Summertime Reading Club
Our annual Summertime Reading programme is underway for kids between 5 and 12 years old inclusive. The competition runs between 9 am 8 December 2014 and 5 pm 23 January 2015.
Picture books newsletter
See our picks for November's picture books.
My best fiction reads of 2014 [blog post]
Best picks from our fiction selector.
Season's Greetings
We wish you and yours all the best for Christmas and the New Year from Christchurch City Libraries.
Christmas parades [updated]
Christchurch has enjoyed Christmas parades since the 1930s when T. J. Armstrong & Co created floats for parades.
Armchair Travel December 2014 newsletter
Fly away with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter to your pick of exotic locations.
Thrillers and Suspense December 2014 newsletter
Our December Thrillers and Suspense newsletter features the latest by Christchurch's own Paul Cleave.
New titles December 2014
Our newly arrived titles, now across seven genres: digital (eBooks & eAudiobooks), fiction, non-fiction, audio and video, children's, large print and young adults. These items arrived in November 2014.
Teen Scene December 2014 newsletter
Crossing into parallel dimensions, mummified bats, and the first in a new series by Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy - our December Teen Scene is full of goodies!
Historical Fiction November 2014 newsletter
Gutenberg's Apprentice and treason feature in our November Historical Fiction newsletter.
Kids' Books November 2014 newsletter
Our latest selection of fun reads for primary school kids is here. Subscribe to receive it regularly in your inbox.
Freegal Friday - a Filipino Christmas [blog post]
Check out Hayley's favourite Filipino Christmas songs and start downloading to enjoy a Pinoy soundtrack during the festive season!
CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Daggers [updated]
Crime writing fan? Find out who has been awarded the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, the International Dagger and the (Ellis Peters) Historical Dagger.
Costa Book Awards [updated]
Find which authors made the shortlists in the prestigious Costa Book Awards.
Help us to identify Christchurch's "retro shopkeepers" [blog post]
Only two shopkeepers left to identify! The Press has been helping former Canterbury University fine arts student Hamish Thompson identify the retro shopkeepers he took photos of in 1977.
Best book covers of 2014 - My pick of New Zealand's finest [blog post]
Some picks of great New Zealand book covers.
Have your say on the new Sumner library and community facility [blog post]
Come along to share your ideas on the new Sumner community facility at the Sumner Union Church Hall, corner of Hardwick and Nayland Streets - Sunday 23 November, 10.30am to 1.30pm.
Ballantynes' Fire photos
View historic photos related to the Ballantynes' Fire, and the Memorial Rose Garden.
Ballantynes' Fire [updated]
The fire at the Ballantynes Department store in Christchurch on 18 November 1947 was the worst fire in New Zealand's history. Forty-one people died and the resulting Royal Commission recommended urgent changes to the building regulations and fire prevention and firefighting throughout the country.
Ballantynes' Fire anniversary [blog post]
Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Ballantynes' Fire. Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga, has posted news reel footage from the National Film Unit.
Biography and Memoir November 2014 newsletter
This month's newsletter brings you a veritable bumper crop of biographies and memoirs, including several New Zealand ones.
Holiday Hours
Explore library hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Fantasy newsletter November 2014
This month's fantasy newsletter features new titles plus titles about carnivals and cicuses.
Guardian Children's Fiction Award [Kids] [updated]
We have updated our list to include Piers Torday, the winner of the 2014 Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Betty Gilderdale Award [Kids] [updated]
Robyn Southam is the latest recipient of the Betty Gilderdale Award. We list all past recipients.
Fiction A to Z November 2014 newsletter
From German concentration camps, to modern Delhi, via henna houses in 1920s Yemen. Plus this month we revisit some great foodie reads.
Christchurch Stands Tall [photos]
Photos of giraffes in libraries and around town.
Fact sheet [updated]
We have added 2013/2014 statistics to our page on Christchurch City Libraries.
All our libraries will be closed on Friday 14 November for Show Day
See our holiday hours for 2014 and 2015.
New Zealand Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Anniversary [updated]
Find out about the traditional activities of the province's anniversary holiday and New Zealand Cup and Show Week.
The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association Show [updated]
This page explores the history of the Canterbury A&P Show and the origins of Show Day.
Home, Garden and DIY November 2014 newsletter
New Home, Garden and DIY reads with a focus on papermaking and crafts.
History and Current Events November 2014 newsletter
New history and current events reads with a focus on Britain.
Popular Culture November 2014 newsletter
New popular culture reads and selected summer sport titles.
Horse racing photos
To celebrate Cup Day, here are some historic images of horse racing in Christchurch.
The Bridge of Remembrance is 90 years old [blog post]
The Bridge of Remembrance was officially opened by Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, Armistice Day 11 November 1924.
Thrillers and Suspense November 2014 newsletter
In the latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter: Agent Scully from the X-Files debuts as an author and Sophie Hannah brings Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot back to life in a brand-new mystery.
Diamond Harbour Library to stay closed for 5 weeks
The Diamond Harbour Hall and Library will remain closed for approximately five weeks for a complete re-cladding.
Armistice Day 11 November
The traditional Armistice Day service in Christchurch has been moved to Remembrance Sunday 9 November 2014. Find out more about Armistice Day.
LexisNexis Practical Guidance
Access to a broad collection of guidance notes, commentary, checklists, precedents, cases and legislation across five practice areas: criminal, employment, family, resource management, and trusts. Access this at any of our libraries.
Closure of Diamond Harbour Library [updated]
The Diamond Harbour Hall and Library will be closed for at least another week as a precaution after the discovery of asbestos panelling beneath the building.
Teen Scene November 2014 newsletter
Browse our latest Teen Scene newsletter for new titles and staff picks. Subscribe to make sure you are always the first in the know.
Remembering Parihaka - 5 November 1881 [blog post]
Parihaka is an important event in New Zealand's history. Lyttelton Community House wish to invite you to attend the Annual Parihaka Remembrance service on Wednesday 5 November.
Lyttelton Library reopens today 1pm [Tues 4 Nov]
Lyttelton Library was closed yesterday due to a power outage. It is reopening today at 1pm.
Top of the web October 2014 [Bibliofile blog]
Find out what was popular on our websites last month.
Find out about the peaceful resistance to the militia invasion of the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka on 5 November 1881 and the Christchurch connection to this significant historical event.
Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes takes place on 5 November. The day celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
Historical fiction newsletter October 2014
Read the latest historical fiction in our October Historical fiction newsletter.
Diamond Harbour Library closed
The Diamond Harbour Library is closed until further notice, from today. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Halloween [updated]
Explore ghoulish delights, horror stories, and Halloween costumes at your libraries.
FESTA 2014 [photos]
Photos from the Festival of Transitional Architecture that took place over Labour Weekend.
Book out and read in [photos]
Photos from the Festival of Transitional Architecture event at the Tree Houses for Swamp dwellers.
Picture books newsletter October 2014
There are lots of colourful monsters in this week's selection of cool new picture books.
Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards shortlist
Find out which books have been nominated for the 2014 prizes.
Mobile Library timetable [updated]
Check our timetable to see where the Mobile Van will be visiting.
Kids' Books October 2014 newsletter
With Hallowe'en around the corner, the focus of this newsletter is on spine-tingling tales, as well of course as the usual selection of new titles.
Nature and Science Newsletter October 2014
Unmanned space exploration is the star of the October Nature and Science newsletter.
WW100: New Zealand's First World War centenary commemorations [updated]
We have added some new booklists into our WW100 page.
Labour Day Monday 27 October [blog post]
All our libraries are closed on Monday for Labour Day. Find out what this public holiday is about, and see some photos of Christchurch at work.
Biography and Memoir October 2014 newsletter
This month's Biography and Memoir newsletter features foster children, medical examiners, Maeve Binchy, Simone Signoret and the usual smorgasbord of intriguing life stories.
Zinefest Christchurch 2014 [photos]
Photos from Zinefest at the Dark Room on Saturday 18 October 2014.
Heritage Week 2014 [photos}
Photos from Heritage Week events including Discover Central City on Sunday 19 October.
Tales on the Caterpillar [photos]
Photos from a Heritage Week event - riding on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar and telling stories for the kids.
Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement 2014
Jack Lasenby will be honoured for fiction, Ian Wedde for poetry and Jock Phillips for non-fiction - each will be awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature.
Labour Day [kids]
Information on Labour Day for kids - find about the 8 hour working week and Samuel Parnell.
November is a busy month in Canterbury. The region is on show as we celebrate New Zealand Cup and Show Week, Canterbury Anniversary Day, the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association (A&P) Show, and more.
Labour Day
Find out about the history and origins of Labour Day. All our libraries will be closed next Monday 27 October 2014 for Labour Day.
Editions November 2014
Explore what's new in Christchurch and at the library.
Labour weekend is FESTA time [blog post]
This weekend it is time for FESTA the Festival of Transitional Architecture. Have a look at our picks, and join us for a read-in on Sunday.
Tree houses for swamp dwellers by Julia Morison [photos]
Photos of the SCAPE artwork on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester Streets.
Fiction A to Z October 2014 newsletter
A selection of new fiction to engage, entertain and inspire you. You can subscribe to our newsletters to receive them directly in your inbox.
New Zealand comic creators [booklist]
Just in time for Zinefest, a new list of comics with New Zealand creators.
Heritage Week a go go [blog post]
Ride a storytram with Joe Bennett, find out about your WW1 soldier, stories on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar, cemetery tours and lots more events.
Creative writing classes for teens at Linwood Library at Eastgate
A great opportunity for any young people who may have been toying with the idea of putting their ideas down on paper or screen, but are unsure of just how to get started. This course provides a supportive environment in which attendees are encouraged to tap into their latent creative talents, and introduces a structural framework with which to do so.
Central Library demolition [photos]
Our photos of the demolition of the old Central Library.
Linwood Library demolition [photos]
Our photos of the demolition of the old Linwood Library.
Christchurch Photo Hunt entries [Kete Christchurch]
Explore the entries in our Photo Hunt so far - excellent local images.
Man Booker Prize 2014
Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won - so it is a New Zealand win in 2013 and an Aussie in 2014.
Cecil Malthus @malthus_letters [Storify]
Cecil writes to My own dear Hazel from April 1914 to his discharge in April 1917.
Life & events 100 years ago in Christchurch & Canterbury [Storify]
Tweets from the past - life in Christchurch - more at @100chch
Happy birthday Katherine Mansfield [blog post]
Katherine Mansfield - short-story writer, poet, critic, diarist, letter writer - was born on 14 October 1888.
Rutherford Medallist - Dame Anne Salmond [blog post]
It is Ada Lovelace Day and we are celebrating that the last three Rutherford medal winner have been women.
Book in and read out - FESTA
Join us at the Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers, corner of Colombo and Gloucester Streets for this FESTA - Festival of Transitional Architecture - event on Sunday 26 October, 11am to 1pm. Get a book out from the mobile library or from the nearby Central Library Peterborough - or bring your own. Read amongst the trees of this sculptural installation. Bring your lunch and enjoy a quiet inner-city experience. Read in, chill out.
Armchair Travel October 2014 newsletter
Fancy travelling with dogs or a circus? Or would you prefer being marooned naked on an island for 60 days? Experience these unusual trips from the comfort of your home with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.
Thrillers and Suspense October 2014 newsletter
Dirty deeds and bad medicine: our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter is here. Subscribe to get this or our other newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
Mental Health Awareness Week [blog posts]
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Read blogs by our staff about helpful resources and books.
LexisNexis New Zealand Law
Access to online information about New Zealand law concerning personal grievances, privacy, resource management, wills and transport and more from LexisNexis. It also includes access to the New Zealand Law Journal. Access this at any of our libraries.
Science Fiction newsletter October 2014
A selection of new science fiction titles including titles from Ben Bova and John Scalzi, as well as collections of essays about reading and writing by luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Umberto Eco, Francine Prose and Jo Walton.
Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter
Ghosts, monsters and murderers, plus some happily ever after and the sequel to Rick Yancey's The Fifth Wave - our latest Teen Scene newsletter is one not to miss!
Canterbury 100 and more WW100 events [blog post]
It is a hundred years since The First World War began. There are some WW100 events in Christchurch soon - bring along your photos and artefacts to Canterbury 100; discover the Berry Boys; and find the history of your own First World War soldier.
New Halswell Library and Community Facility
A new library and community facility incorporating customer service facilities and multipurpose spaces is being built on the existing Halswell Aquatic Centre site and adjacent land. The complex, fronting onto Halswell Road, will create a hub for the rapidly-growing Halswell community.
Top of the web September 2014 [blog post]
Find out what was popular on our sites last month.
Holiday activities at Linwood Library at Eastgate
We've updated our post on school holiday activities with sessions at Linwood Library at Eastgate and Shirley Library.
New Zealand IceFest [photos]
Ice Ice baby: photos from the New Zealand IceFest in Cathedral Square.
Greening the rubble [photos]
Photos of Greening the rubble projects including the latest The Green Room - mosaic chair and landscaped area on Colombo Street.
Te Ara Tika
Te Ara Tika 2012 to 2014 is Christchurch City Libraries' refreshed bicultural strategy expanding on the existing plan Te Ara Hou.
Christchurch Photo Hunt 2014
Submit your photos and win prizes in this year's photo hunt.
Science Alive after school programmes Term 4
Join Science Alive after school at ten of our libraries. Sessions restart after the holidays on Monday 20 October.
Canterbury 100
This new website brings together First World War stories and objects, events, and more. You can also share your family stories.
Beca Heritage Week 2014
Find out about Heritage Week and book now for library events. There is a Storytram for adults with Joe Bennett, and kids' stories on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar.
Printing from a mobile device [updated]
We now offer the facility to print from any device connected to the internet (e.g. mobile phone, tablet or home personal computer).
School holiday programmes, events, and activities
We have updated our page with information on the September and October holidays. Lots of ideas of things to do.
New Zealand IceFest [photos]
Photos from the Cathedral Square hub.
Historical Fiction newsletter September 2014
The old west, the new west and conquest are in our September 2014 newsletter.
The troops depart for the First World War [blog post]
September 23rd was the day that the Canterbury troopships, Athenic and Tahiti, left Lyttelton in 1914.
Picture books newsletter September 2014
Dogs, detective mice, and a dash of New Zealand biology - all in the latest Picture books newsletter.
Kids' Books September 2014 newsletter
Fierce heroines, hilarious comics, junk drawer physics and lots more books that will delight kids - don't miss the latest Kids' Books newsletter.
Biography and Memoir September 2014 newsletter
From Michelangelo to Jason Priestley, via Neil Armstrong, Paul Potts and the Queen of the Headhunters, just to mention a few - our September Biography and Memoir newsletter caters to all interests!
Fiction A to Z September 2014 newsletter
In our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter: magic in the garden, instant parenthood, refugees in 1940s Lebanon, the moral dilemmas of an abortionist, and a focus on writings by authors under 35.
Antarctica [updated]
New Zealand IceFest starts on 27 September. Our Antarctica page shows you the strong historical connections between Christchurch and the Deep South.
Votes for women - 19 September 1893 [blog post]
Celebrate the women who fought for the right to get the vote, and some more local heroines.
Sing like a pirate [blog post]
In this fearless Freegal Friday episode we feature albums that'll have you singing like a pirate for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th).
Talk like a pirate, me hearties [blog post]
Today is International talk like a pirate day. We've got lots of piratical goodness for you to explore.
BNZ Literary Awards 2014
We link to the 2014 winners.