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KidsFest 2015 [blog post]
Bookings open on Tuesday 2 June 2015 for the always popular holiday programme for kids. Check out what is happening in your libraries.
Samoan Language Week 2015 [photos]
Have a look at Samoan Language Week at Christchurch City Libraries.
Friends of the Christchurch City Libraries [updated]
Updated with the latest newsletter and information on upcoming talks by Dr Jarrod Gilbert and Gwendoline Ewins.
Anna Smaill - from a writing musician to a musical writer [interview]
Masha interviews Anna Smaill author of New Zealand novel The Chimes.
Creative nonfiction [blog post]
Jane has a look at some "imaginary biographies".
Seeing and hearing Philip Ball [blog post]
Science writer Philip Ball's talk in Christchurch on the cultural history of invisibility.
RSS: Just ordered
All the items ordered over the past week.
RSS: New non-fiction
All the non-fiction books that arrived over the past week.
RSS: New fiction
All of the fiction that arrived over the past week.
Christchurch Marathon
Sunday 31 May is the day of the annual Christchurch Marathon.
Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights - 13 to 21 June 2015
The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights is an annual event of lights, music and fun celebrating the Lyttelton community, Matariki, and the winter solstice.
The Art of the Novel [blog post]
Alison reports back from an Auckland Writers Festival session that featured David Mitchell, Emily St John Mandel, and Stephanie Johnson.
Queen's Birthday [updated]
Information for kids on the Queen's birthday public holiday - Monday 1 June 2015.
Football [updated]
We have updated our football page as the FIFA U-20 World Cup is coming soon to Christchurch.
Pasifika newspapers now online [blog post]
Just in time for #SamoanLanguageWeek more historical Pasifika newspapers are available on PapersPast.
Kids' writing heroes at the Auckland Writers Festival [blog post]
Masha meets kids - and writers for kids - at the Auckland Writers Festival.
World Wide Knit in Public Day - Saturday 13 June 2015
We are hosting a World Wide Knit in Public event at Central Library Peterborough on Saturday 13 June 10am to 12pm, in association with Knit World.
Picture books newsletter May 2015
Explore our latest in picture books, and some books on bugs.
Kids' Books May 2015 newsletter
Myths and legends, warring twins, and dragons taking care of humans - don't miss out our latest Kids' Books newsletter for some great reading suggestions.
WORD Christchurch Autumn Season 2015
Catch up on all our blog posts, photos, and tweets from the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season.
Auckland Writers Festival 2015
Catch up on all our blog posts from a fabulous literary festival.
Man Booker International Prize [updated]
The 2015 winner of the Man Booker International Prize has been announced. Our webpage lists all winners since the prize's inception.
Samoan Language Week 2015 [blog post]
Samoan Language Week will take place from 24 to 30 May. Find out what events will take place at Christchurch City Libraries.
Biography and Memoir May 2015 newsletter
The divine Dame Judi Dench, an Outback nurse, Robert Plant, a blind Chinese dissident, a country cop, and King Edward I are just some of the interesting life stories featuring in this month's vast selection of biographies and memoirs.
Fiction A to Z May 2015 newsletter
Browse our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter for our selection of new titles and staff picks.
WW100 - New Zealand's First World War Centenary [the Pulse]
WW100 commemorates the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2019. We have created a webpage about it especially for teens.
Ready for reading launch [photos]
Photos from the launch at Aranui Library, 13 May 2015.
ChristChurch Cathedral [updated]
We have updated our page with some new images.
WORD Christchurch Autumn Season Storify
We've pulled together tweets and posts on the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season. More to come.
Gangsta Mum, Dad, & Kid go David Walliams [blog post]
David Walliams is on tonight Thursday 14 May as part of the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season.
Ready for reading [updated]
When a child turns four years old, they can come into any Christchurch City Library and pick up a free Ready for Reading pack. The pack contains a special bilingual, purpose written book Storytime, stickers and a magnet.
What wild and wonderful creature would you be? - Helen Macdonald
Roberta reports back from last night's WORD Christchurch event, with H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald.
WORD Christchurch Autumn Season [photos]
We have added some photos of H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald, and journalist Nick Davies.
The stories of the One Child Policy: An interview with Xinran [blog post]
Alison interviews Xinran. She will be talking about China's one child policy at Christchurch on Thursday 14 May, and at the Auckland Writers Festival.
Storytelling is for everyone. Always. [blog post]
Everything around us, inside of us and between us does - according to science - exist of atoms. That's one way to explain the world. I prefer it the other way. I think it exists of stories.
Being ribald at whippings: Jon Ronson's So you've been publicly shamed [blog post]
This book by Jon Ronson is a brutal read. It could so easily be you or me, saying something off the cuff on Facebook or Twitter and having it swirl back on you.
Pollyanna exhibition - Linwood Library at Eastgate
An exhibition by a Linwood customer. It is on until 30 May.
Beca Heritage Week
Beca Heritage Week is on from 9 to 26 October 2015. The theme is "Arrivals and departures - the journeys that shaped us."
Freerange Little Prints [blog post]
Freerange Little Prints offers you a chance to collaborate on books for kids.
Free Comic Book Day [blog post]
Find out about the workshop at Papanui Library on Saturday 2 May 2015 - pizza, free comics, drawing, and some help from two awesome artists Spencer and Elijah.
Learn how to 3D design and print [blog post]
There are two classes coming up at South Library to help you learn to do 3D design and printing.
Xinran and the one child generation in China [blog post]
Thursday 14 May - WORD Christchurch gives you the opportunity to hear Xinran talking about her latest book Buy Me the Sky.
A very booky week - WORD Christchurch Autumn Season, and the Auckland Writers Festival [blog post]
If you like exploring new ideas, this is the week for you. WORD Christchurch Autumn Season takes place from 12 to 17 May, and Auckland Writers Festival turns Auckland into BookTown.
Thrillers and Suspense May 2015 newsletter
In this month's Thrillers and Suspense newsletter: a number of promising debut titles, the usual dose of skulduggery, plus a focus on thrilling westerns.
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre newsletter - May 2015
Read the Te Hapua: Halswell Centre newsletter. There is information on its name, jobs at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, and construction.
Hack Attack by Nick Davies [blog post]
It is nearly time for the WORD Christchurch Autumn season. Come along and hear Nick Davies.
Horowitz and Gleitzman and Walliams, oh my! [blog post]
Some of the biggest names in the children's literature world are descending on Auckland next week for the Auckland Writers Festival.
Music within a book [blog post]
New Zealand fiction and non-fiction featuring musicians.
VE Day - a twentieth century turning point [blog post]
Victory in Europe Day in 1945 was a day of celebration and relief but tinged with great sadness. Gatherings and parades were held by victorious, but exhausted, nations around the world. Due to the time difference, VE Day was held on 9th May in New Zealand.
Emergency Contraceptive Pill [the Pulse]
Information from Dr G, health and relationship expert.
Make your own New Zealand music [blog post]
Experimental musicians love their self created instruments.
Four quick questions with Helen Macdonald - author of H is for Hawk [blog post]
We asked Helen four quick questions ahead of her visit to Christchurch next Tuesday 12 May, as part of WORD Christchurch's Autumn Season. Get your tickets now!
Some NZ music eBooks [blog post]
We pick some top music-related eBooks for NZ Music Month.
Maori Music [updated]
New Zealand's musical heritage dates back to the arrival of the first Maori in Aotearoa.
Popular music in New Zealand from 1900 to today [updated]
We have updated our page pointing out some ajor milestones in popular music in New Zealand.
NZ Music Month launch gig [photos]
Photos from the Sound Garden and Central Library Peterborough - The Swan Sisters, Minisnap, and Martin Phillipps.
Teen Scene May 2015 newsletter
A gory horror story, a companion novel to John Green's "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" and a special focus on the last year of high school are just some of the highlights in this month's Teen Scene. Be first to know: subscribe to receive this and other newsletters directly in your inbox.
New Zealand Sign Language Week [blog]
This week is New Zealand Sign Language Week. Find out about our resources and what events we have planned.
New titles May 2015
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 April 2015.
Spreydon Library reopens Monday 4 May [news]
Spreydon Library reopens to the public on Monday 4 May 2014, at 10am. It was closed from Monday 20 April to Sunday 3 May for earthquake repairs.
Top of the web April 2015
Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries' webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month - so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.
Cool stuff from the selectors: New fiction [blog post]
Our selectors highlight some interesting picks in the latest crop of new fiction.
Douglas Lilburn - Complete Electro Acoustic Works - free online New Zealand music [blog post]
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NZ Music Month and more [blog post]
Our theme for May is NZ Music Month and it also a month of words and ideas with WORD Christchurch's autumn season and the Auckland Writers Festival.
Primary Science Week [blog]
Primary Science Week is on from Monday 4 to Friday 8 May. This year it celebrates Light. Find out the events taking place in Christchurch.
Norman Pierson : Korean War photographs
A collection of photographs, slides and negatives taken by Norman Pierson (207815) in 1951 to 1952 during his time in Korea with 163 Battalion New Zealand Artillery, E Troop. Norman Pierson was the Gun Sergeant in charge of the No. 3 Gun. The photos were taken and sent home to his parents to show what he was "up to in a strange country on the other side of the world".
Rewai Street : World War II letters, diaries and photographs
A collection of letters, diaries and photographs from Rewai Street, who served in the New Zealand forces in World War II.
Edward Herbert Aubrey : Soldier’s diary
World War I diary kept by Edward Herbert Aubrey (1891-1963) from May 1917 to November 1917, with brief notes from 1918 and 1919. Some pages were removed and sent to relatives.
Historical Fiction April 2015 newsletter
Stories set around the globe as well as some favourite series and characters in this month's Historical Fiction newsletter.
Kids' Books April 2015 newsletter
Brainteasers, whodunnits, and a pinch of magic: our latest Kids' Books newsletter is here. Subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.
A lesson for conscriptionists [blog post]
The experiences of 13 youths from Christchurch and the West Coast who refused military training and were subsequently imprisoned on Ripapa Island in 1913.
Remembering them [blog post]
Read Bronwen's post about "her" First World War soldier, John Haynes of Linwood.
Fantasy newsletter for April 2015
New titles from Joe Abercrombie, Jo Walton and others (not called Jo) plus some urban fantasy to try.
Biography and Memoir April 2015 newsletter
Johnny Rotten brushes shoulders with Sophia Loren and John Smith of Pocahontas fame in our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter.
History and Current Events April 2015 newsletter
Discover the latest history and current events picks in our April newsletter. Subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.
Fiction A to Z April 2015 newsletter
Love good fiction? Then you'll love the picks in our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter. You can also subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.
ANZAC Centenary Poppy Blanket [photos]
Photos of the ANZAC Centenary Poppy Blanket on display at Upper Riccarton Library..
Yours truly, Cecil [blog post]
Cecil Malthus apent three years in service in the 1st Canterbury Battalion during the First World War. Read his letters in our digitised collection.
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction [updated]
Find out which books have been shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
NZ Music Month
Explore NZ Music Month and what musical delights your library holds.
NZ Music Month 2015
Martin Phillips and more - find out what is happening in your libraries in May - New Zealand Music Month.
Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury 2015 [blog post]
Find out what is happening on Anzac Day.
Record Store Day: Put the needle on the record [blog post]
Record Store Day is on this Saturday 18 April.
Chinese eMagazines with Dragonsource! [blog post]
Dragonsource is the latest electronic offering to our customers - specifically those who can read and understand Chinese!
Spreydon Library closed for two weeks [media release]
Spreydon Library will be closed from Monday 20 April to Sunday 3 May for earthquake repairs.
Anzac Day library hours
Saturday 25 April all libraries will be closed, Sunday 26 April, libraries that open on a Sunday will open as normal. Monday 27 April, Linwood, Papanui and South Libraries and our telephone service 941 7923 will be open from 10am to 4pm. All other libraries will remain closed.
Science Fiction newsletter April 2015
This month's newsletter includes new titles from Elizabeth Bear, Eric Flint, John Ringo and more.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
We have updated our page with the 2015 shortlist.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards 2015 [blog post]
Find out who is on the 2015 shortlist, and library nominations from New Zealand and around the world.
Thrillers and Suspense April 2015 newsletter
Financial manipulation, political intrigue, corporate corruption, and murder most foul - find them all in our April Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Armchair Travel April 2015 newsletter
Been around the world? If not, here's the chance to indulge in some virtual travel with our latest newsletter. No visas or vaccinations required!
Ready for reading [updated]
We've re-released our Ready for Reading packs for four year olds with a new story booklet 'Storytime Te Wa Korero'. The page now has a short list of useful websites.
First World War Exhibition at Central Library Peterborough [blog post]
An exhibition of First World War memorabilia kindly loaned by local collector Barry O'Sullivan. Featuring gas masks, cameras, soldiers' kits, uniforms and a wide variety of other items from both home and abroad.
Cycle to your library day, and cycling librarians [blog post]
On Tuesday 14 April 2015 we are celebrating Cycle to your Library Day. Cycle to the library and you will get a backpack with reflective strips (while stocks last).
Dragonsource - Chinese eMagazines
Hundreds of popular Chinese-language eMagazines for online reading. Topics range from business and economics to family, fashion, entertainment, film and travel.
Anzac Day Library Hours [news]
Find out our opening hours around ANZAC Day 2015.
Teen Scene April 2015 Newsletter
Perfectly timed for the school holidays: a fresh selection of new titles and staff picks for young adults.
Easter 2015
Find out when libraries are open and closed, and explore more about Easter.
Thinking - Whakaaro
Our theme for April is Thinking - Whakaaro. Libraries are places where people come to research, discover, and learn.
David Cohen Prize [updated]
Tony Harrison recently won the 2015 David Cohen Prize. Check out our webpage for previous winners.
Christchurch fog [photos]
Christchurch was foggy in the morning of Friday 27 March.
New Christchurch RSA building [photos]
Photos of the new RSA building on Armagh Street that is officially opened on 27 March 2015.
Sound garden on Peterborough Street [photos]
Photos of the Sound garden installation.
Spreydon Library closure [news]
Spreydon Library will be closed from Monday 20 April to Sunday 3 May for earthquake repairs. The library will reopen on Monday 4 May.
Canterbury landscape inspires New Central Library design [media release]
The design of Christchurch's New Central Library in Cathedral Square was inspired by the Canterbury landscape and feedback from the public on what they wanted in the new building.
New Central Library
The new Christchurch City Libraries Central Library is due to open in early 2018. Find out more.
Man Booker International Prize finalists
The finalists for this year's Man Booker International Prize (not to be confused with the Man Booker) have been announced. Check out our list for a reminder of the wonderful variety of world fiction.
Historical Fiction newsletter March 2015
Read the latest historical fiction picks in our March newsletter.
Picture books newsletter March 2015
A selection of our latest picture books including some New Zealand titles.
William Rhodes Moorhouse
Christchurch pilot, William B. Rhodes-Moorhouse, was killed in action in Europe in the First World War. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the first ever to be given to an airman. He also was responsible for the death of two people wile driving and while riding his motorcycle.
Kids' Books March 2015 newsletter
Browse our latest Kids' Books newsletter for the true story of Winnie the Pooh, a look behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films, and LEGO creations!
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, and events
Find about the latest literary events in Christchurch.
Guess who's coming to Christchurch? David Walliams, David Mitchell, Helen Macdonald, Xinran, Steve Braunias, Nick Davies [blog post]
WORD Christchurch in association with the Auckland Writers Festival is bringing six top authors to town for its Autumn Season 13 to 17 May.
We have added some new photos from around Christchurch - including the demolition of Chancery Arcade, street art, and rebuilding.
John Robert Godley and the founding of Canterbury [updated]
John Robert Godley is known as the Founder of Canterbury even though he lived here for only two and a half years.
Christchurch statues [updated]
Have a look at the history of some of Christchurch's notable statues.
The New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival 2015 [blog post]
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival is coming to Christchurch from 7 to 12 April 2015.
To read or not to read that is the question: OverDrive's Big Library Read!
Shakespeare Saved My Life : Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates is the eBook for this month's Big Library Read. Unlimited check outs until the end of March.
Murakami unleashed: Auckland Writers Festival programme is out [blog post]
Haruki Murakami is the headliner at this year's Auckland Writers Festival.
Squeaky clean reading? [blog post]
Jane talks about sanitising her reading.
Welcome to Te Haapua: Halswell Centre
The new library, pool and community facility currently under construction in Halswell at last has a name -Te Haapua: Halswell Centre.
Auckland Writers Festival
Christchurch City Libraries connects you with the Auckland Writers Festival to be held from 13 to 17 May at the Aotea Centre.
Race Relations Day
Saturday 21 March is Race Relations Day. Find out about what events are taking place in Christchurch to celebrate.
Biography and Memoir March 2015 newsletter
Our latest Biography and Memoir newsletter includes a history of the life of 'Wolf Hall' protagonist Thomas Cromwell, as well as 'Travelling to Infinity', the memoir by Jane Hawkings of her life with Stephen Hawking. Plus of course the usual large selection of other intriguing lives.
Fiction A to Z March 2015 newsletter
From whales to midwives and lots more in between - check out our latest Fiction A to Z newsletter for some of the most interesting new books.
The Reserves of New Brighton [blog post]
Richard Greenaway explores the reserves early residents of New Brighton could enjoy.
Nga Pounamu Maori collecetion taonga [booklist]
Treasures from Christchurch City Libraries. If Te Matatini inspired you, our Nga Pounamu Maori Collections can help that inspiration fly.
Haere ra Terry Pratchett [blog post]
The road to Wigan Pier [blog post]
Ben's blog post on George Orwell's early 20th century musings.
Art, art on the streets
What is your favourite of the new street art around town for the Spectrum Street Art Festival? Have your say!
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction [updated]
The 2015 longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced - find out which books made the cut.
History and Current Events March 2015 newsletter
Women in history, Anonymous and the new Erik Larson feature in our History and Current Events newsletter.
Home, Garden and DIY March 2015 newsletter
Community food gardens, maker craft and books about bees feature in our March 2015 Home, Garden and DIY newsletter.
Popular Culture March 2015 newsletter
Minecraft, Prince and women in sports feature in our March Popular Culture newsletter.
How to be a feminist - panel [photos]
A panel session presented by WORD Christchurch and the University of Canterbury College of Arts.
Armageddon Pop Culture Expo 2015 [photos]
Photos from the Armageddon Pop Culture Expo at Horncastle Arena.
Thrillers and Suspense March 2015 newsletter
Freelance spies, missing children, vanishing women, and an intriguing new Scandinavian author feature in our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter.
Library policy: Content breadth and depth
Our Content Development Policy guides the selection and management of resources collected and created by our library. Find out more about the parts of it that relate to our content breadth and depth.
Spectrum Street Art Festival [photos]
Photos of the Big Walls around Christchurch, The Spectrum exhibition at the YMCA, and the T-shirts exhibition at the Canterbury Museum.
T-shirts unfolding exhibition [photos]
Our photos of this exhibition at the Canterbury Museum.
Canterbury Japan Day [photos]
Our photos from Japan Day.
Victoria Square [updated]
Victoria Square was originally known as Market Square or Market Place. It was the commercial hub of early Christchurch.
Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival 2015 [photos]
Our photos from Te Matatini.