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Lunar New Year 2018

Join us and celebrate Lunar New Year from Fri 16 Feb with craft activities, traditional games, themed storytimes and a mini-concert.

Parklands @ Play

Feb 18th | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Parklands Reserve

Join Parklands at Play at the Parklands reserve on Sunday 18 February from 12pm to 3pm. There's lots of fun stuff on for the whānau.

Thursday Tasters: Family history online

Feb 22nd | 10:00am - May 17th | 11:00am
Central Library Manchester

Once-a-month introductory sessions on popular family history resources like Ancestry Library Edition and Papers Past. Bookings required.

Get in the driver's seat with Youthtown

We are hosting Youthtown’s six week after-school Learners Licence Workshops (for ages 16 to 18) from 12 February. Sign up now!

Recommended

Māori

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.

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 Tiriti o Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Day is coming up so why not find out more about the Treaty of Waitangi? The Treaty of Waitangi Collection is an amazing resource.
Waitangi Day is coming up so why not find out more about the Treaty of Waitangi? The Treaty of Waitangi Collection is an amazing resource.

Wāhine at Tuahiwi, North Canterbury Wāhine at Tuahiwi, North Canterbury

Photograph taken at a 1922 hui in Tuahiwi to discuss the Ngāi Tahu land claim (which was eventually settled on 21 November 1997).
Photograph taken at a 1922 hui in Tuahiwi to discuss the Ngāi Tahu land claim (which was eventually settled on 21 November 1997).

Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards

See the finalists and winners in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards.
See the finalists and winners in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards.

eResources

Big little books BWB Texts Collection Big little books BWB Texts Collection

Seriously good short reads on a range of NZ topics - some with a focus on Christchurch. BWB texts are available in eBook and book format.
Seriously good short reads on a range of NZ topics - some with a focus on Christchurch. BWB texts are available in eBook and book format.

How do you learn a language in a month? How do you learn a language in a month?

Kate takes on the Mango Language's #31DaysofLanguage Challenge and tries to learn Tagalog.
Kate takes on the Mango Language's #31DaysofLanguage Challenge and tries to learn Tagalog.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Waitangi Day is coming up so why not find out more about the Treaty of Waitangi? The Treaty of Waitangi Collection is an amazing resource.
Waitangi Day is coming up so why not find out more about the Treaty of Waitangi? The Treaty of Waitangi Collection is an amazing resource.

Relax and read an eBook Relax and read an eBook

Whatever genre you enjoy, we've got eBooks for your summer holiday reading.
Whatever genre you enjoy, we've got eBooks for your summer holiday reading.

eMagazines eMagazines

Read eMagazines - get the latest copies hot off the Press with RBDigital eMagazines, and PressReader.
Read eMagazines - get the latest copies hot off the Press with RBDigital eMagazines, and PressReader.

Community

Parklands @ Play Parklands @ Play

Feb 18th | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Parklands Reserve
Join Parklands at Play at the Parklands reserve on Sunday 18 February from 12pm to 3pm. There's lots of fun stuff on for the whānau.
Join Parklands at Play at the Parklands reserve on Sunday 18 February from 12pm to 3pm. There's lots of fun stuff on for the whānau.

Computing classes and Tech drop-ins Computing classes and Tech drop-ins

We'd love to help you be more comfortable with technology. Sign up for a course starting 12 Feb, or make use of our free drop-in sessions!
We'd love to help you be more comfortable with technology. Sign up for a course starting 12 Feb, or make use of our free drop-in sessions!

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.

Podcast - Collaborative urban living Podcast - Collaborative urban living

Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. With recommended reading on the topic of sustainable living.
Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. With recommended reading on the topic of sustainable living.

Kids

Treaty of Waitangi for kids Treaty of Waitangi for kids

Meet Whetū Marama and her Koro (grandfather) as they find out about Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Meet Whetū Marama and her Koro (grandfather) as they find out about Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Top Pick Children's Books - January 2018 Top Pick Children's Books - January 2018

recommended by KimKids
Kim picks some recent arrivals into the children's collection worth highlighting.
Kim picks some recent arrivals into the children's collection worth highlighting.

Te Reo Māori Picture Books Te Reo Māori Picture Books

Tuhinga Pikitia - a celebration of picture books in te reo Māori for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Tuhinga Pikitia - a celebration of picture books in te reo Māori for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Jacinda Ardern: childhood books Jacinda Ardern: childhood books

recommended by ChristchurchKids
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, talked to The Sapling about her reading journey as a young person.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, talked to The Sapling about her reading journey as a young person.

2017's most popular fiction for kids 2017's most popular fiction for kids

Here are the 50 books that Christchurch kids loved most in 2017. Tintin is number one!
Here are the 50 books that Christchurch kids loved most in 2017. Tintin is number one!

Teens

Sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery books Sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery books

By Alina
New year, new reads: I've read so many YA books recently it's difficult to choose which ones to blog about!
New year, new reads: I've read so many YA books recently it's difficult to choose which ones to blog about!

Get in the driver's seat with Youthtown Get in the driver's seat with Youthtown

We are hosting Youthtown’s six week after-school Learners Licence Workshops (for ages 16 to 18) from 12 February. Sign up now!
We are hosting Youthtown’s six week after-school Learners Licence Workshops (for ages 16 to 18) from 12 February. Sign up now!

Teenage Kicks Teenage Kicks

recommended by DevilStateDan
A list of action-packed, non-sentimental, teenage reads!
A list of action-packed, non-sentimental, teenage reads!

What's a young person to do this summer? What's a young person to do this summer?

I have compiled a reading list just for you so you don’t have to waste your precious summer moments searching for your new favourite book!
I have compiled a reading list just for you so you don’t have to waste your precious summer moments searching for your new favourite book!

2017's most popular fiction for teens 2017's most popular fiction for teens

Here are the 15 most popular books for teens at our libraries in 2017. The Hunger Games was Number One!
Here are the 15 most popular books for teens at our libraries in 2017. The Hunger Games was Number One!

Local History

Defending Lyttelton: Torpedo Boat Defending Lyttelton: Torpedo Boat

Before 1885 there possibly would have been only a few people in New Zealand who had ever heard of the Panjdeh region ...
Before 1885 there possibly would have been only a few people in New Zealand who had ever heard of the Panjdeh region ...

Fred Wood comes a cropper Fred Wood comes a cropper

This photo of Fred Wood (of England) was taken by photographer A. E. Preece c. 1896. From Christchurch City Libraries Digital Collection.
This photo of Fred Wood (of England) was taken by photographer A. E. Preece c. 1896. From Christchurch City Libraries Digital Collection.

Cafe Life Cafe Life

Customers relaxing in the Attic Coffee House, 123a Cashel Street c.1957,
Customers relaxing in the Attic Coffee House, 123a Cashel Street c.1957,

Corner of Cashel and High Streets, 1880s Corner of Cashel and High Streets, 1880s

Cobb & Co. established their line of coaches in Christchurch in 1863. Photo of their coach office facing east on the Cashel/High Triangle.
Cobb & Co. established their line of coaches in Christchurch in 1863. Photo of their coach office facing east on the Cashel/High Triangle.

A new whale for a new generation A new whale for a new generation

New Brighton Beachside Playground is scheduled to open on Weds 20 Dec 10.30am. Find out about the history of the much-loved whale!
New Brighton Beachside Playground is scheduled to open on Weds 20 Dec 10.30am. Find out about the history of the much-loved whale!
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