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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!

Photo Hunt competition winners

We had some excellent photographs entered in our annual heritage photograph competition this year. Read our post to find out who won.

150 years - Lyttelton Rail Tunnel

Sat 9 December is the 150th anniversary of the Lyttelton Rail Tunnel officially opening to passenger traffic.

Kids

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Return of the corgis. Kete Christchurch Return_of_the_corgis_.JPG

The twelve days of Kete Christmas The twelve days of Kete Christmas

Join our festive celebration of Christchurch photographic heritage as every day we find a new gift in our basket, Kete Christchurch.
Join our festive celebration of Christchurch photographic heritage as every day we find a new gift in our basket, Kete Christchurch.

Ma1co1m's Best Comics of 2017 Ma1co1m's Best Comics of 2017

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So many incredible comics this year. It's next to impossible to limit myself to just a few select titles. But, that said, here are my picks…
So many incredible comics this year. It's next to impossible to limit myself to just a few select titles. But, that said, here are my picks…

Stuff we love: The Holiday Edition Stuff we love: The Holiday Edition

recommended by StaffPickles
Our team share the stuff they are loving in the summer holidays. A Staff Pickles list.
Our team share the stuff they are loving in the summer holidays. A Staff Pickles list.

Best Reads 2017 Best Reads 2017

Here are the cream of the crop of 2017’s books – as picked by our staff and customers. Have your say!
Here are the cream of the crop of 2017’s books – as picked by our staff and customers. Have your say!

Holiday hours 2017/2018 Holiday hours 2017/2018

Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou. Here are our opening hours over Christmas and the New Year.
Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou. Here are our opening hours over Christmas and the New Year.

Community

Have yourself a very library Christmas Have yourself a very library Christmas

Get yourself into the festive season with these free Christmas Crafts and Activities at your libraries: 18 to 22 December.
Get yourself into the festive season with these free Christmas Crafts and Activities at your libraries: 18 to 22 December.

Podcast - Issues affecting men Podcast - Issues affecting men

Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia focusing on issues affecting men, with reading recommendations.
Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia focusing on issues affecting men, with reading recommendations.

Polish books Polish books

The Polish Embassy has donated some books in Polish, and about Poland, to the library.
The Polish Embassy has donated some books in Polish, and about Poland, to the library.

Tūranga (New Central Library) Tūranga (New Central Library)

See the latest photos from the construction site on the Gloucester-Colombo St corner.
See the latest photos from the construction site on the Gloucester-Colombo St corner.

International Volunteer Day: 5 December International Volunteer Day: 5 December

It's International Volunteer Day today! Volunteering is a rewarding way to make connections in your community.
It's International Volunteer Day today! Volunteering is a rewarding way to make connections in your community.

eResources

New eMagazines from RBDigital ... New eMagazines from RBDigital ...

... And find over 500 other eMagazines from RBDigital, or check out the top 20 monthly or top 20 weekly eMagazines titles.
... And find over 500 other eMagazines from RBDigital, or check out the top 20 monthly or top 20 weekly eMagazines titles.

Digital Summer Reading Digital Summer Reading

“Holiday reads” makes you instantly think of relaxing in the sun with a good book. There is so much more to holiday reading ...
“Holiday reads” makes you instantly think of relaxing in the sun with a good book. There is so much more to holiday reading ...

Most popular monthly RBdigital eMags Most popular monthly RBdigital eMags

Check out the top 20 monthly eMagazines from RBdigital Magazines - Is your favourite here?
Check out the top 20 monthly eMagazines from RBdigital Magazines - Is your favourite here?

Falalalala - Christmas Music Playlists Falalalala - Christmas Music Playlists

Love Christmas music or hate it? Try our online streaming music resources for non-grating jazz and classical listening options.
Love Christmas music or hate it? Try our online streaming music resources for non-grating jazz and classical listening options.

Most Popular Weekly RBDigital eMagazines Most Popular Weekly RBDigital eMagazines

Here is the list of top twenty weekly eMagazines from RBDigital - is your favourite on the list?
Here is the list of top twenty weekly eMagazines from RBDigital - is your favourite on the list?

What's On

Holiday opening hours 2017/2018 Holiday opening hours 2017/2018

Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou. Here are our opening hours over Christmas and the New Year.
Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou. Here are our opening hours over Christmas and the New Year.

Christmas in Christchurch 2017 Christmas in Christchurch 2017

Explore all the Christmas related events in Christchurch – from carol services and concerts to Santa parades and festive displays.
Explore all the Christmas related events in Christchurch – from carol services and concerts to Santa parades and festive displays.

Knit 'n' Yarn Knit 'n' Yarn

Dec 8th | 10:30am - 12:00pm
Come along to Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre for our friendly Friday morning craft sessions. Bring your knitting, crochet or other portable …
Come along to Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre for our friendly Friday morning craft sessions. Bring your knitting, crochet or other portable …

JP clinics at libraries JP clinics at libraries

Regular Justice of the Peace clinics take place at a number of libraries. Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre JP clinic starts Sat 11 Nov.
Regular Justice of the Peace clinics take place at a number of libraries. Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre JP clinic starts Sat 11 Nov.

Māori

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.

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.

Podcast - The New Zealand Wars Podcast - The New Zealand Wars

Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia about official commemoration of The New Zealand Wars, 28 October.
Episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia about official commemoration of The New Zealand Wars, 28 October.

Teens

The girl on the cover is ignoring you The girl on the cover is ignoring you

recommended by Shirley_Library
Ever noticed how a lot of YA fiction book covers kind of look the same? Us too.
Ever noticed how a lot of YA fiction book covers kind of look the same? Us too.

Māori teen fiction & non-fiction Māori teen fiction & non-fiction

recommended by ChristchurchTeens
Books and graphic novels written by and/or starring Māori characters and culture, for teens.
Books and graphic novels written by and/or starring Māori characters and culture, for teens.

Exams ... Study ... Help! Exams ... Study ... Help!

Becky, a library assistant at Riccarton High School, has some helpful tips for students at exam time.
Becky, a library assistant at Riccarton High School, has some helpful tips for students at exam time.

RHS Garbage Ocean INE RHS Garbage Ocean INE

Books for Intensive English class to study the effects of dumping plastic in our oceans. Impacts on sea life, dirty shores and the planet.
Books for Intensive English class to study the effects of dumping plastic in our oceans. Impacts on sea life, dirty shores and the planet.

Teen Scene newsletter Teen Scene newsletter

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