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Tūranga Grand Opening Friday 12 October

Tūranga, your central library, opens on Friday 12 October at 1pm and to celebrate, we’re making it a ‘long weekend’ of wonder.

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.

What's on at Tūranga

Tūranga opens at 1pm Friday 12 October. Find out what is happening at your stunning new central library located at 60 Cathedral Square.

Cycling resources for Biketober

Resources and information on cycling in Christchurch in celebration of Biketober.

Justices of the Peace (JPs)

Justices of the Peace are in regular attendance at some of our libraries. Find out more about JPs, what they do, and where to find them.

Kids

What's On

Our Painted Stories Our Painted Stories

This exhibition explores local Canterbury settings in children’s books. Created in partnership with the Painted Stories Trust.
This exhibition explores local Canterbury settings in children’s books. Created in partnership with the Painted Stories Trust.

When Death Jumped Ship exhibition When Death Jumped Ship exhibition

An exhibition about the 1918 Influenza Pandemic is on at Lyttelton Lib and Lyttelton Museum until 27 Oct. Public talks 16 and 17 Oct.
An exhibition about the 1918 Influenza Pandemic is on at Lyttelton Lib and Lyttelton Museum until 27 Oct. Public talks 16 and 17 Oct.

Watch Tūranga's opening ceremony Watch Tūranga's opening ceremony

Watch the livestreaming the opening ceremony of Tūranga that took place at 12 midday, Friday 12 October.
Watch the livestreaming the opening ceremony of Tūranga that took place at 12 midday, Friday 12 October.

FAB FESTA - My five picks for FESTA 2018 FAB FESTA - My five picks for FESTA 2018

We love FESTA! This Labour weekend "vibrant biennial celebration of urban creativity and community" is one of Ōtautahi's most cool events.
We love FESTA! This Labour weekend "vibrant biennial celebration of urban creativity and community" is one of Ōtautahi's most cool events.

uncover - huraina uncover - huraina

The latest copy of the free library magazine uncover - huraina is online, or pick up a paper copy from your library.
The latest copy of the free library magazine uncover - huraina is online, or pick up a paper copy from your library.

Local History

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018 Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018

Share your photos and help us to create a true picture of our city's rich history. Enter online or at your local library from 1 October.
Share your photos and help us to create a true picture of our city's rich history. Enter online or at your local library from 1 October.

When Death Jumped Ship exhibition When Death Jumped Ship exhibition

An exhibition about the 1918 Influenza Pandemic is on at Lyttelton Lib and Lyttelton Museum until 27 Oct. Public talks 16 and 17 Oct.
An exhibition about the 1918 Influenza Pandemic is on at Lyttelton Lib and Lyttelton Museum until 27 Oct. Public talks 16 and 17 Oct.

The Suffrage Experiment in New Zealand The Suffrage Experiment in New Zealand

125 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - New Zealand women won the right to vote . Registrations closed six weeks after that date ...
125 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - New Zealand women won the right to vote . Registrations closed six weeks after that date ...

Charlie Sumner: Picturing Canterbury Charlie Sumner: Picturing Canterbury

Mr. Charlie Sumner, holding pipe, in Cathedral square, circa 1958. An entry in our Christchurch Photo Hunt from 2013.
Mr. Charlie Sumner, holding pipe, in Cathedral square, circa 1958. An entry in our Christchurch Photo Hunt from 2013.

A Very Big Deal A Very Big Deal

Charles Kingsford-Smith and his crew flew the Southern Cross to Wigram 90 years ago on 11 September 1928
Charles Kingsford-Smith and his crew flew the Southern Cross to Wigram 90 years ago on 11 September 1928

Recommended

Discovery Wall Discovery Wall

Tūranga is the home of NZ’s largest digital touchwall. Find out more, and how you can contribute to this unique heritage resource.
Tūranga is the home of NZ’s largest digital touchwall. Find out more, and how you can contribute to this unique heritage resource.

Stuff we love - October Stuff we love - October

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Librarians share the stuff they are loving this month.
Librarians share the stuff they are loving this month.

New titles - October 2018 New titles - October 2018

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.

Women in foreign worlds Women in foreign worlds

Dystopian fiction with women as the lead character - a clutch of recommended titles for fans of 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
Dystopian fiction with women as the lead character - a clutch of recommended titles for fans of 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

Mobile Library at 91 Peterborough St Mobile Library at 91 Peterborough St

The Mobile Library will visit the carpark of the former Peterborough library from Tuesday 28 August. Find out what times it will be there.
The Mobile Library will visit the carpark of the former Peterborough library from Tuesday 28 August. Find out what times it will be there.

Māori

Pūtoi - Family learning time Pūtoi - Family learning time

Oct 27th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tūranga
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. Places are limited so bookings required.
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. Places are limited so bookings required.

Podcast – Tā moko Podcast – Tā moko

Sally Carlton talks to an academic, a moko practitioner and a photographer about the meaning and mana of tā moko, traditional Māori tattoo.
Sally Carlton talks to an academic, a moko practitioner and a photographer about the meaning and mana of tā moko, traditional Māori tattoo.

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.

Te Ao Hou: WORD Christchurch Festival Te Ao Hou: WORD Christchurch Festival

Alison takes a walking tour of central Christchurch with Joseph Hullen and learns how indigenous identity is being woven into our city.
Alison takes a walking tour of central Christchurch with Joseph Hullen and learns how indigenous identity is being woven into our city.

Kōmako: Reclaiming Māori literature Kōmako: Reclaiming Māori literature

Our Pou Kohikohinga Māori talks about a new online tool that makes finding work by Māori writers easier, and shares her favourite reads.
Our Pou Kohikohinga Māori talks about a new online tool that makes finding work by Māori writers easier, and shares her favourite reads.

eResources

Playing with genealogy in the library Playing with genealogy in the library

Who are you? Simone has delved into her past using Christchurch City Libraries' family history eResources. Here's what she discovered ...
Who are you? Simone has delved into her past using Christchurch City Libraries' family history eResources. Here's what she discovered ...

eMagazines eMagazines

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

Teens

Christchurch City Libraries for teens Christchurch City Libraries for teens

A guide to the library - from joining & membership, to study & eResources, & library events as well as finding your next great read.
A guide to the library - from joining & membership, to study & eResources, & library events as well as finding your next great read.

Things to see and do around Tūranga Things to see and do around Tūranga

Tūranga - your new central library - opens this weekend! Check out more cool stuff to discover when you are in town this weekend.
Tūranga - your new central library - opens this weekend! Check out more cool stuff to discover when you are in town this weekend.

RHS Book Club September 2018 RHS Book Club September 2018

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Happy birthday Stephen King! Ms Blake made scrummy horror cup cakes in honour of one of our favourite authors.
Happy birthday Stephen King! Ms Blake made scrummy horror cup cakes in honour of one of our favourite authors.

Get drawing at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre Get drawing at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

There's a doodle table all month for drop-in drawing fun, & Thurs 4 Oct two Creative Lettering sessions aimed at age 12+ years. Book now!
There's a doodle table all month for drop-in drawing fun, & Thurs 4 Oct two Creative Lettering sessions aimed at age 12+ years. Book now!
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