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Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre is closing for foyer repairs Thurs 18 April 6pm; reopening Mon 29 April 9am.

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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.

UpLit: for the hard times

UpLit books can provide comfort and escape from troubled times. UpLit celebrates friends, the connections we can make, and provides hope.

In the AV Studio: How to mix vocals

Alex explains how mixing vocals works - find out more about equalization, compression and reverb.

WORD Christchurch 2019 in Large Print

The WORD Christchurch Autumn Season is coming in May. Renee recommends books by visiting authors in large print and audiobook formats.

Reading in Mind book scheme

Reading in Mind is a book scheme for mental health & wellbeing. Topics include Anxiety, Grief & loss; and Pain & trauma.

What's On

Kids

The HELL Pizza Reading Challenge 2019 The HELL Pizza Reading Challenge 2019

The HELL Pizza Reading Challenge is on again for 2019! Read 7 books and get a free pizza.
The HELL Pizza Reading Challenge is on again for 2019! Read 7 books and get a free pizza.

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.

Read me a story! Story Box Library Read me a story! Story Box Library

If the tamariki in your life love stories, try this collection of videos of stories being read by authors, actors, comedians, and more.
If the tamariki in your life love stories, try this collection of videos of stories being read by authors, actors, comedians, and more.

Community

Bishopdale closure Bishopdale closure

Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre will close at 6pm on Thursday 18 April and reopen at 9am Monday 29 April 2019.
Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre will close at 6pm on Thursday 18 April and reopen at 9am Monday 29 April 2019.

Fendalton Library closed Fendalton Library closed

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

Podcast - Placemaking Podcast - Placemaking

Human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia with an episode about placemaking, and related titles on open spaces and urban sociology.
Human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia with an episode about placemaking, and related titles on open spaces and urban sociology.

Justices of the Peace (JPs) 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.
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.

Sāmoan Language Week Sāmoan Language Week

Tālofa. We are celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa from Monday 27 May with storytimes in Sāmoan, design a tatau, and a computer session.
Tālofa. We are celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa from Monday 27 May with storytimes in Sāmoan, design a tatau, and a computer session.

Local History

Introduction to Local History Introduction to Local History

May 9th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
A 6 week course covering Māori heritage, immigration, how to research the history of your house and more. Bookings required, $15 per person.
A 6 week course covering Māori heritage, immigration, how to research the history of your house and more. Bookings required, $15 per person.

The Christchurch Documentary Project The Christchurch Documentary Project

Photographers show ever-changing Christchurch: the central city, Bishopdale, the seaside suburbs, and Halswell. Next: Woolston!
Photographers show ever-changing Christchurch: the central city, Bishopdale, the seaside suburbs, and Halswell. Next: Woolston!

Albert the sheep in a bath Albert the sheep in a bath

Mrs Rosemary Halloumis giving her pet sheep, Albert, a bath at home ahead of his appearance at the Christchurch Festival floral parade, 1984
Mrs Rosemary Halloumis giving her pet sheep, Albert, a bath at home ahead of his appearance at the Christchurch Festival floral parade, 1984

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.

Capture your story Capture your story

May 8th | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn to make a video about your family history using photos, documents, and family stories. Book now for this 6-week course, $15 per person
Learn to make a video about your family history using photos, documents, and family stories. Book now for this 6-week course, $15 per person

Teens

New titles for YA - April 2019 New titles for YA - April 2019

Check out the latest books for teens and readers of YA.
Check out the latest books for teens and readers of YA.

RHS Book Club April 2019 RHS Book Club April 2019

recommended by UpperRiccartonLibrary
Term one is coming to an end, so we had to have a catch-up with our students to hear about their reading.
Term one is coming to an end, so we had to have a catch-up with our students to hear about their reading.

Writing competitions for teens Writing competitions for teens

Young writers! We list writing comps for you to enter. The Charles Brasch Young Writers' Competition & Tākahe comps close 31 March ...
Young writers! We list writing comps for you to enter. The Charles Brasch Young Writers' Competition & Tākahe comps close 31 March ...

Māori

Pūtoi - Family learning time Pūtoi - Family learning time

Apr 28th | 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 mokihi.
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. This month's session is about mokihi.

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.

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

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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…
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