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Bishopdale: Chch Documentary Project

This year, SOFA photographers look at Bishopdale. The exhibition launches Tues 28 Nov 6pm then runs until Friday 22 December.

16AFFIRM - Aranui 2017

16AFFIRM is on at Wainoni Park, Hampshire St, Aranui 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday 2 December.

Tūranga (new central) under construction

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

Jobs at Christchurch City Libraries

Want to work with us? Find out about our current vacancies.

Reading in Mind for Mental Health

We've got reading suggestions for a range of mental health topics.

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Māori

20 years: Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement 20 years: Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement

Today at Tuahiwi Marae, Ngāi Tūāhuriri are hosting Hui-ā-Iwi 2017, and Ngāi Tahu are coming together to reconnect and celebrate.
Today at Tuahiwi Marae, Ngāi Tūāhuriri are hosting Hui-ā-Iwi 2017, and Ngāi Tahu are coming together to reconnect and celebrate.

Carving Demonstration & Kōrero with Karl… Carving Demonstration & Kōrero with Karl…

Dec 2nd | 10:30am - 12:30pm
See local expert, 'Karl the carver' give a live carving demonstration using Oamaru Stone at Spreydon Library.Learn about carving technique a…
See local expert, 'Karl the carver' give a live carving demonstration using Oamaru Stone at Spreydon Library.Learn about carving technique a…

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).

Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi

Ngāi Tahu artists have transformed CoCA Gallery with an exhibition marking twenty years since Te Kerēme, the Ngāi Tahu Claim, was settled.
Ngāi Tahu artists have transformed CoCA Gallery with an exhibition marking twenty years since Te Kerēme, the Ngāi Tahu Claim, was settled.

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.

Kids

Best (and Worst) of Children's books Best (and Worst) of Children's books

Nov 29th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Interested in children's books? Come listen and laugh as guest speakers celebrate the best children's books of 2017.
Interested in children's books? Come listen and laugh as guest speakers celebrate the best children's books of 2017.

Summertime Reading Club Summertime Reading Club

Our annual Summertime Reading Club competition starts Friday 1 December 2017. Tell us your reading & be in to WIN great prizes.
Our annual Summertime Reading Club competition starts Friday 1 December 2017. Tell us your reading & be in to WIN great prizes.

The Pony Movie Recipe The Pony Movie Recipe

When you and your daughter have watched so many pony movies you can break the plot down to its formula and rank the best and worst ones...
When you and your daughter have watched so many pony movies you can break the plot down to its formula and rank the best and worst ones...

Top Pick Children's Books: November 2017 Top Pick Children's Books: November 2017

recommended by KimKids
Noteworthy children's books from our latest arrivals... full of visual feasts, kiwi reads, nostalgia, life lessons and more.
Noteworthy children's books from our latest arrivals... full of visual feasts, kiwi reads, nostalgia, life lessons and more.

Science Snippets finished for 2017 Science Snippets finished for 2017

Science Snippets will not be running in 2017. Find out more from Science Alive.
Science Snippets will not be running in 2017. Find out more from Science Alive.

Local History

The prison camp, Hanmer Springs, 1904 The prison camp, Hanmer Springs, 1904

In the 1900s in Hanmer Springs prisoners were used as labour growing exotic trees. From Christchurch City Libraries' Images Collection.
In the 1900s in Hanmer Springs prisoners were used as labour growing exotic trees. From Christchurch City Libraries' Images Collection.

Kennedy Assassinated! Kennedy Assassinated!

What were you doing on 23 November 1963? Simon explores what was happening in Christchurch on that fateful day.
What were you doing on 23 November 1963? Simon explores what was happening in Christchurch on that fateful day.

Ballantynes' Fire 70th Anniversary Ballantynes' Fire 70th Anniversary

By Pruccl
On 18 November 1947, 41 people died in a fire at Ballantynes' Department Store.
On 18 November 1947, 41 people died in a fire at Ballantynes' Department Store.

Armistice Day - Will you remember them? Armistice Day - Will you remember them?

Saturday 11 November is the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War.
Saturday 11 November is the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War.

100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire 100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire

12 Nov 1917: "One of the biggest and most destructive fires experienced in the city in recent years took place last night ..."
12 Nov 1917: "One of the biggest and most destructive fires experienced in the city in recent years took place last night ..."

What's On

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.

Best (& Worst) of Children's books 2017 Best (& Worst) of Children's books 2017

Nov 29th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Interested in children's books? Come listen and laugh as guest speakers celebrate the best children's books of 2017.
Interested in children's books? Come listen and laugh as guest speakers celebrate the best children's books of 2017.

Super Saturday Storytimes Super Saturday Storytimes

Every Saturday (during term time) at 11am at Shirley, South and Upper Riccarton libraries. For children aged 2 to 7 years.
Every Saturday (during term time) at 11am at Shirley, South and Upper Riccarton libraries. For children aged 2 to 7 years.

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.

Slave Power by Raewyn Dawson Slave Power by Raewyn Dawson

Kate R (a Year 11 student at Riccarton High School) loved the new book Slave Power by Christchurch author Raewyn Dawson.
Kate R (a Year 11 student at Riccarton High School) loved the new book Slave Power by Christchurch author Raewyn Dawson.

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.

Love The Changeover movie? Read these! Love The Changeover movie? Read these!

recommended by ChristchurchTeens
Just seen The Changeover and want something like it? Try some of these bewitching titles!
Just seen The Changeover and want something like it? Try some of these bewitching titles!

eResources

Playing the Trump card Playing the Trump card

Trump has been a clear favourite of many magazines this year - a selection of the Trump covers from RBdigital Magazines.
Trump has been a clear favourite of many magazines this year - a selection of the Trump covers from RBdigital Magazines.

Read all about it! Read all about it!

We've added The 17th and 18th Nichols Newspaper Collection and The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive to our online collections
We've added The 17th and 18th Nichols Newspaper Collection and The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive to our online collections

Women Rule! Women Rule!

Actually they do now with our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Find out more about role of women in history.
Actually they do now with our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Find out more about role of women in history.

Learning music with Lynda Learning music with Lynda

Our learning eResource, Lynda, can teach you about a lot of things... including Musical Theory.
Our learning eResource, Lynda, can teach you about a lot of things... including Musical Theory.

Learn a language with Rosetta Stone Learn a language with Rosetta Stone

We are pleased to introduce our latest eResource Rosetta Stone Library Solution, an online language learning tool.
We are pleased to introduce our latest eResource Rosetta Stone Library Solution, an online language learning tool.
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