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Lunar New Year 2023 - Year of the Rabbit

Celebrate Lunar New Year! Events at libraries take place from 22 January to 5 February 2023.

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes and Wā Kōrero: Storytimes

Most Wā Pēpi: Babytimes (for tamariki under 2) & Wā Kōrero: Storytimes (for over 2s) are back in libraries from 30 January.

So Many Stories: PlainsFM (9am on first Friday of the month)

Join us on PlainsFM radio to discover what our libraries are all about – connecting people, inspiring discovery, & enriching communities.

Summertime Reading Challenge

Kids and Teens - ages 0 to 18 - tell us about your summer reads in three words and be in to win!

Te Ao Māori

Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi

An agreement made between Māori and the British Crown in 1840, it is New Zealand’s founding document. Read our backgrounder to the Treaty.

Tamariki - Kids

After School Activity Zones and Bookable Programmes

Join us for after school fun and learning. Join one of our Bookable Programmes or drop in to a free activity zone.

Rangatahi - Teens

Teen Scene newsletter

Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.

Local history

QUIZ: Ridiculous and random recipes and recommendations

We explore "interesting" homemaking and healthcare hints of yesteryear. Do you know all the uses for a lemon?

The library subscribes to eResources so that you can access them for free. All you need is your library card number and password / PIN.



Explore our recommended reading in fiction and non-fiction: literary prizes, WORD Christchurch literary events, new titles, booklists, and more.

Featured non-fiction

World and travel reading guide

Be transported. Find reads that take you to exotic cities, feast on the foods of a foreign culture, or be inspired by real life adventurers.

Featured fiction

Adventure fiction reading guide

Go on a mission full of suspense and action, loaded with obstacles and dangers - our guide will help you find your next adventure read.


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