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Children's Day 2015

Children’s Day is the first Sunday in March. It is a special day to spend time as a family.

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Babytime and Storytime 2015

Find out the dates and times of our popular Babytime and Storytime sessions which restart on Monday 9 February.

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Reading to dogs

Book a session at a library - your child can read to a furry friend and have fun while improving their reading skills.

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Less Snoring, Better Sleep, More Energy!

Come & hear Tess Graham, author of Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea, talk about the easy steps to QUIET, restful sleep and more energy.

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Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival

Experience the best Māori performing arts in the world, from the harmonies of dynamic group singing to the ferocity of the male haka.

E-Resources
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Join the Library

Join the library - it is free and opens up a world of learning and fun.

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New Titles

Explore all the stuff that has arrived in our libraries this month.

Street art
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Spectrum Street Art Festival

Oi You presents Spectrum Street Art Festival in Christchurch from 14 Feb. Explore our street art resources, with a focus on the local.

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Newsletters

Browse our selection of email newsletters - from Armchair Travel to Thrillers and Suspense.

Christchurch
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Look beneath the surface during Seaweek
By Lisa

Kiwis love the sea and luckily we have a chance to properly celebrate it every year with Seaweek.

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Four years ago - 22 February 2011

On 22 Feb 2015, it will be four years since the 22 February 2011 quake. Find out more about the Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes.

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Spectrum Street Art Festival

Oi You presents Spectrum Street Art Festival in Christchurch from 14 Feb. Explore our street art resources, with a focus on the local.

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Christchurch Street and Place Names

Discover the origins of our Christchurch street and place names.

Staff List
Canterbury writers

Authors with a Canterbury connection.

recommended by ChristchurchLib

Learning
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Science Alive sessions

Come to our free after school science programme presented by Science Alive in ten libraries.

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Preschool storytime and babytimes

Babytimes / Wā Pēpi and Storytimes / Wā Kōrero 2015 sessions start on Monday 9 February and run during school terms.

Lynda.com
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Lynda.com

Access to the Lynda.com video library of courses and tutorials on software, technology, creative and business skills.

2D to 3D
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Learning Centre and library classes 2015

Explore our classes and courses for 2015.

Pencil copter
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2D to 3D

This term our team has been running our very first school programme utilising the Library 3D printer.

Kids
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Reading to dogs

Book a session at a library - your child can read to a furry friend and have fun while improving their reading skills.

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Babytime and Storytime 2015

Find out the dates and times of our popular Babytime and Storytime sessions which restart on Monday 9 February.

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New titles for kids

Browse the latest books and DVDs for kids.

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Te Ao Māori

Kia ora. Here are some ka pai Māori resources for tamariki. Get crafty, read and learn Te Reo Māori, and explore.

Māori
Te Matarini National Kapa Haka Festival
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Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival

Witness the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori and local southern delicacies, and experience cultural exhibitions and workshops.

Rehua Marae
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Tī Kōuka Whenua

Explore the vibrant past of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region that extends back many hundreds of years before 1850.

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Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Māori resources – language books and courses, quizzes, stories and information on our Māori signage and library names.

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Te Kupu o te Wiki

Kia ora. To celebrate Te Reo Māori we are publishing kupu (words).

Te Whata Raki
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Te Whata Raki

Come and discover Te Whata Raki. Learn about some traditional stories, told through waiata, pictures and other web resources.

Teens
Armageddon 2015
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Armageddon 2015

The Armageddon Expo brings together comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, stars of film and TV, and lots more.

Summertime Sounds Teen Music Competition
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Summertime Sounds Competition for Teens

Compose a theme song or playlist for your favourite teen novel.

Best of 2014
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Best of 2014 for teens

The results of our Best of 2014 poll. As voted for by the young adult borrowers at Shirley Library.

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Holiday Reading 2014

Find this year's best reads for teens on our Holiday Reading list.

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Dr G

Dr G is here to provide support and suggestions for any genuine problem you may have with health, sexual health or relationship issues.

WW100
WW100
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Military historian Peter Hart interview

Find out more about the First World War - Librarian Kat Moody interviews Peter Hart, Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum.

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WW100 teaching resource

This resource aims to raise awareness of the impacts and causes of the First World War. It is focused on Canterbury's involvement.

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Remembering the First World War 1914-18

Explore our resources on the First World War as New Zealand commemorates WW100 - the First World War centenary.

Bridge of Remembrance
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Finding your First World War soldier

Now is the ideal time to start some research into those who served in the First World War.

NZ will send substantial reinforcements to the Mother Country in addition to the 10,000 troops now on the water #http://t.co/gcc6deVCW5

10:45 AM - 24 Nov 2014

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Cricket

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 starts this week. Explore our cricket-related resources.

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Freegal

We love picking Freegal tracks each week - free MP3 downloads for your listening pleasure!

Staff List
Ma1co1m's Best Comics of 2014

"So many great comics this year. It was real tough whittling them down to just 12 (sorry Mr Lemire). But here goes..."

recommended by ma1co1m

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Literary Prizes and Book Awards

Explore the best in fiction and non-fiction. We list the winners and nominees for a range of book prizes and awards.

News
Email newsletters

Find out about the latest releases and place a hold, all in one go. We have newsletters on fiction, non-fiction, kids & teens and more.

Community
World Languages collection
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World Languages Collection

Books in Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Canterbury Japan Day Poster 2
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Canterbury Japan Day

Canterbury Japan Day will take place on Sunday 1 March. Find out about the Day and about our resources for Japanese speakers and learners.

Poster of WEA Summer School 1924
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Canterbury WEA Centenary Celebrations

The Canterbury WEA is turning 100! Find out how to join in the celebrations.

Culture Galore 2015 poster
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Culture Galore

Head along to Culture Galore on Saturday 7 March to celebrate the colourful diversity of our Christchurch community.

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New settlers

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch. We have a range of resources and services on offer to new residents.

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