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Kids

Best books of 2018 for kids and teens

Librarians have picked their best books of 2018 for kids and teens. Heaps of excellent reading to explore!

Interview with Steph Matuku

Steph Matuku has two books out at the moment, one for kids and one for young adults. She answered our questions about life and writing.

Nutcracker diorama – A family challenge

See the winners & entrants in our Nutcracker diorama family challenge on display in the Library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre 9 to 27 Nov.

Just for Kids

Thousands of videos & interactive games - Sesame St, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Franklin the Turtle, Berenstain Bears, Arthur & more

An interview with Rhys Darby

Funnyman Rhys Darby has teamed up with Scholastic in a fun new fiction series for kids. He talked to us about it.

Recommended

Community

Spark Jump Workshops at Hornby & Linwood Spark Jump Workshops at Hornby & Linwood

Spark Jump is designed to get families in low-income communities with the care of children (0 to 18) online. Find out if you are eligible.
Spark Jump is designed to get families in low-income communities with the care of children (0 to 18) online. Find out if you are eligible.

Parklands Library is closed for repairs Parklands Library is closed for repairs

Parklands Library is closed for six months as it undergoes a major upgrade & repairs. Mobile library will provide services.
Parklands Library is closed for six months as it undergoes a major upgrade & repairs. Mobile library will provide services.

Local History

Inside the Four Avenues Inside the Four Avenues

The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga.
The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga.

A fire, a lady and a singed parrot A fire, a lady and a singed parrot

By Katccl
Today we know the Ilam Homestead as the University of Canterbury's staff club but another house existed on the site and burnt down in 1910.
Today we know the Ilam Homestead as the University of Canterbury's staff club but another house existed on the site and burnt down in 1910.

Strength and Perseverance: exhibition Strength and Perseverance: exhibition

Oct 18th | 9:00am - Feb 28th | 8:00pm
Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2,…
A digital exhibition about the fight for women's rights and independence. It explores what has been achieved and how we got here.
A digital exhibition about the fight for women's rights and independence. It explores what has been achieved and how we got here.

Discovery Wall Discovery Wall

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

University students champagne breakfast University students champagne breakfast

Students having a champagne breakfast on the Deans Ave/Blenheim Road roundabout, 1983. An image from the Discovery Wall website.
Students having a champagne breakfast on the Deans Ave/Blenheim Road roundabout, 1983. An image from the Discovery Wall website.

Teens

An Evening with Jack Hartley An Evening with Jack Hartley

Nov 26th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join Jack Hartley, a Christchurch based writer for young adults, for a Q&A discussion and readings from his debut novel All the Other Days.
Join Jack Hartley, a Christchurch based writer for young adults, for a Q&A discussion and readings from his debut novel All the Other Days.

Best of 2018 for teens Best of 2018 for teens

recommended by ChristchurchKids
Librarians have picked the best books for teens in 2018. Have a browse for some excellent reading.
Librarians have picked the best books for teens in 2018. Have a browse for some excellent reading.

Women of the World: Pounamu Gracie Women of the World: Pounamu Gracie

Nov 8th | 9:00am - Nov 30th | 6:00pm
New Brighton Library
Women of the World is an exhibition of works by 15 year old local artist Pounamu Gracie.
Women of the World is an exhibition of works by 15 year old local artist Pounamu Gracie.

RHS Book Club October 2018 RHS Book Club October 2018

recommended by UpperRiccartonLibrary
It's the last book club of the year for our seniors, and the last book club EVER for some of our Year 13s ...
It's the last book club of the year for our seniors, and the last book club EVER for some of our Year 13s ...

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.

What's On

Parklands Library closed for repairs Parklands Library closed for repairs

Parklands Library is closed for six months as it undergoes a major upgrade & repairs. Mobile library will provide services.
Parklands Library is closed for six months as it undergoes a major upgrade & repairs. Mobile library will provide services.

Inside the Four Avenues Inside the Four Avenues

The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga.
The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga.

Join the library Join the library

Join online & start using library eResources straight away! Read newspapers & eBooks, browse mags, listen to eAudiobooks, & do research.
Join online & start using library eResources straight away! Read newspapers & eBooks, browse mags, listen to eAudiobooks, & do research.

Typical Coaster - Phil Walsh author talk Typical Coaster - Phil Walsh author talk

Phil will share yarns about growing up on the West Coast, & discuss experiences of his grandfather's Alzheimers. (Fri 9 Nov & Weds 21 Nov)
Phil will share yarns about growing up on the West Coast, & discuss experiences of his grandfather's Alzheimers. (Fri 9 Nov & Weds 21 Nov)

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.

eResources

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…

Just for Kids Just for Kids

Thousands of videos & interactive games - Sesame St, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Franklin the Turtle, Berenstain Bears, Arthur & more
Thousands of videos & interactive games - Sesame St, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Franklin the Turtle, Berenstain Bears, Arthur & more

eMagazines eMagazines

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

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 ...

Tutor available 24/7 - Lynda.com Tutor available 24/7 - Lynda.com

Have you started studying this year and feel a little out of your depth? Here is something to help you be at the top of the class.
Have you started studying this year and feel a little out of your depth? Here is something to help you be at the top of the class.

Māori

Parihaka Parihaka

There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.
There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu Tāngata Ngāi Tahu

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu. Volume One is a new book celebrating the rich and diverse lives of fifty people of Ngāi Tahu.
Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu. Volume One is a new book celebrating the rich and diverse lives of fifty people of Ngāi Tahu.

Pūtoi - Family learning time Pūtoi - Family learning time

Nov 25th | 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.

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.

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.
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