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Christchurch terror attacks: Information

Kia ora. There's a condolence book at Tūranga for you to leave messages of support & sympathy for those affected.

Fendalton Library closed

Fendalton Library and Service Centre building is closed for improvement, and is scheduled to reopen Monday 29 July.

Sustainable Living Series - March 2019

Sustainable Living events in March include making a reuseable vege bag at Upper Riccarton and a clothing swap at New Brighton!

Pasifika Family Makerspace

Mar 30th | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Bring the entire family and learn how to make Polynesian lei out of recycled materials.

Reading in Mind book scheme

If you have a mental health issue like anxiety, reading books can help you better understand & manage your mental health & wellbeing.

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Teens

Youthtown Learners Licence Workshops Youthtown Learners Licence Workshops

Sign up for Term 2 2019 Youthtown Learners Licence Workshops - $150 for 6 workshops & on session 6 they will take you to sit your test.
Sign up for Term 2 2019 Youthtown Learners Licence Workshops - $150 for 6 workshops & on session 6 they will take you to sit your test.

LGBTQIA+ topic guide for teens LGBTQIA+ topic guide for teens

Christchurch Pride is here soon! We recommend resources for teens that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Rainbow reads galore.
Christchurch Pride is here soon! We recommend resources for teens that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Rainbow reads galore.

RBdigital Comics RBdigital Comics

Calling all comic book fans! We have a new eComic collection RBdigital Comics - a collection of great comics including Marvel titles.
Calling all comic book fans! We have a new eComic collection RBdigital Comics - a collection of great comics including Marvel titles.

RHS Book Club February 2019 RHS Book Club February 2019

recommended by UpperRiccartonLibrary
High school students in the RHS Book Club sum up their books using three words.
High school students in the RHS Book Club sum up their books using three words.

Young Adult Titles for Interesting Times Young Adult Titles for Interesting Times

recommended by RayShipley
YA-appropriate non-fiction (and a bit of fiction) to inspire, confront, challenge, and offer hope in a world that feels a bit topsy-turvy.
YA-appropriate non-fiction (and a bit of fiction) to inspire, confront, challenge, and offer hope in a world that feels a bit topsy-turvy.

Recommended

Race Relations Day Race Relations Day

Thursday 21 March is Race Relations Day 2019. Here are some books and resources with a focus on uniting against racism and hate.
Thursday 21 March is Race Relations Day 2019. Here are some books and resources with a focus on uniting against racism and hate.

Huraina Huraina

The Autumn issue of our free library magazine Huraina is out - read it online or grab a paper copy.
The Autumn issue of our free library magazine Huraina is out - read it online or grab a paper copy.

Sustainable Living Series - March 2019 Sustainable Living Series - March 2019

Sustainable Living events in March include making a reuseable vege bag at Upper Riccarton and a clothing swap at New Brighton!
Sustainable Living events in March include making a reuseable vege bag at Upper Riccarton and a clothing swap at New Brighton!

New titles - March 2019 New titles - March 2019

Our monthly list of the new audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, fiction, large print, non-fiction, and stuff for kids and teens.
Our monthly list of the new audio and video, eAudiobooks, eBooks, fiction, large print, non-fiction, and stuff for kids and teens.

Armageddon: Library tools for expo prep Armageddon: Library tools for expo prep

It's coming again in June - Armageddon Expo! If you have cosplaying intentions, Tūranga's Production Studio has the technology to help.
It's coming again in June - Armageddon Expo! If you have cosplaying intentions, Tūranga's Production Studio has the technology to help.

eResources

RBdigital Comics RBdigital Comics

Calling all comic book fans! We have a new eComic collection RBdigital Comics - a collection of great comics including Marvel titles.
Calling all comic book fans! We have a new eComic collection RBdigital Comics - a collection of great comics including Marvel titles.

Haynes Manuals AllAccess Haynes Manuals AllAccess

Do you like tinkering with cars, scooters, & motorbikes? Haynes Manuals AllAccess gives you access to over 600 online motor manuals.
Do you like tinkering with cars, scooters, & motorbikes? Haynes Manuals AllAccess gives you access to over 600 online motor manuals.

Treaty of Waitangi Treaty of Waitangi

recommended by Simone_CCL
The BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection is a rich online resource for Waitangi Day.
The BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection is a rich online resource for Waitangi Day.

eMagazines eMagazines

New eMagazines in the RBDigital Magazines collection - read 'em for free.
New eMagazines in the RBDigital Magazines collection - read 'em for free.

Libby for travelling families 方便旅行家庭的电子 Libby for travelling families 方便旅行家庭的电子

旅行的季节又到了!很多华人朋友都利用孩子假期、圣诞节和春节回国探亲或出国旅游。有时在图书馆遇到华人顾客因出国前忘记还书需交超期罚款很是同情。自己也曾在回国时为找孩子的英文阅读材料煞费苦心。其实,这些问题都可以用图书馆的电子资源eResources 解决。OverDrive…
旅行的季节又到了!很多华人朋友都利用孩子假期、圣诞节和春节回国探亲或出国旅游。有时在图书馆遇到华人顾客因出国前忘记还书需交超期罚款很是同情。自己也曾在回国时为找孩子的英文阅读材料煞费苦心。其实,这些问题都可以用图书馆的电子资源eResources 解决。OverDrive…

Kids

Picture books: Islam and empathy Picture books: Islam and empathy

recommended by ChristchurchKids
Stories for young children with Muslim characters, and books about equality, empathy and tolerance.
Stories for young children with Muslim characters, and books about equality, empathy and tolerance.

April School Holiday Programmes April School Holiday Programmes

This school holidays libraries have free bookable activities, pay-for classes that require bookings, and sessions you can just drop in for.
This school holidays libraries have free bookable activities, pay-for classes that require bookings, and sessions you can just drop in for.

Storylines Notable Books List 2019 Storylines Notable Books List 2019

The best in New Zealand books from the previous year for kids and teens - picture books, junior and senior fiction, non-fiction and Te Reo.
The best in New Zealand books from the previous year for kids and teens - picture books, junior and senior fiction, non-fiction and Te Reo.

Summertime Reading Challenge winners Summertime Reading Challenge winners

Here's lucky Logan picking up his Summertime Reading Challenge prize. Congratulations to all the winners, & thanks to everyone who entered.
Here's lucky Logan picking up his Summertime Reading Challenge prize. Congratulations to all the winners, & thanks to everyone who entered.

Māori

Pūtoi - Family learning time Pūtoi - Family learning time

Mar 31st | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tūranga
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. This month's session is about pōhā.
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. This month's session is about pōhā.

Tī Kōuka Whenua Tī Kōuka Whenua

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

Kā Huru Manu exhibition and events Kā Huru Manu exhibition and events

By Moata
Immerse yourself in an historical journey and explore the Māori place names of Canterbury and Banks Peninsula.
Immerse yourself in an historical journey and explore the Māori place names of Canterbury and Banks Peninsula.

Recommended reading: Te Matatini Recommended reading: Te Matatini

recommended by ChristchurchLib
Te Matatini is the biennial national kapa haka event. We list kapa haka resources.
Te Matatini is the biennial national kapa haka event. We list kapa haka resources.

Treaty of Waitangi Treaty of Waitangi

recommended by Simone_CCL
The BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection is a rich online resource for Waitangi Day.
The BWB Treaty of Waitangi Collection is a rich online resource for Waitangi Day.

Local History

Lions being fed at Orana Park Lions being fed at Orana Park

Director of Orana Park, Mr Paul Garland, in a cage feeding meat to the lions at the park, 1976. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Director of Orana Park, Mr Paul Garland, in a cage feeding meat to the lions at the park, 1976. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Exhibition: Following the Sumner Road Exhibition: Following the Sumner Road

Dual exhibitions at Lyttelton Library and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre mark the reopening of the vital (and very scenic) Sumner Road.
Dual exhibitions at Lyttelton Library and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre mark the reopening of the vital (and very scenic) Sumner Road.

Kittens in a detective's hat Kittens in a detective's hat

From the Discovery Wall: Detective John Whiting with three kittens in his hat after finding them whilst on patrol in the Coutts Island area.
From the Discovery Wall: Detective John Whiting with three kittens in his hat after finding them whilst on patrol in the Coutts Island area.

Mushroom cloud formation Mushroom cloud formation

In January 1985, a concerning looking cloud formed over the Port Hills. In the foreground is the Government Life building. 
In January 1985, a concerning looking cloud formed over the Port Hills. In the foreground is the Government Life building. 

The Christchurch Town Hall reopens The Christchurch Town Hall reopens

The Christchurch Town Hall was officially reopened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Saturday 23 February. We celebrate its history.
The Christchurch Town Hall was officially reopened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Saturday 23 February. We celebrate its history.
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