Tūranga, your new Central Library, will open Friday 12 October. Central Library Manchester will be closed from 5pm Sat 18 August, and Central Library Peterborough from 5pm Sun 26 August. Find out more.

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Tūranga will open on Friday 12 October

Kia ora, Christchurch! Your new central library will open its doors on Friday 12 October.

Extended weekend hours for Sumner

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre will be open 10am to 4pm on both Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday 18 August.

Central & Transitional

As we move towards opening Tūranga on Friday 12 October 2018, here is a look at the temporary town libraries we've operated since 2011.

125 years of Indians in Aotearoa

View the free exhibition Mokaa - The land of opportunity: 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa on weekdays at CCC foyer - 13 to 24 Aug.

Spark Jump

Spark Jump is designed to get families in low-income communities with the care of children (0 to 18) online. Find out if you are eligible.

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What's On

WORD Christchurch Festival 2018 WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Find out who's coming & what they'll be talking about. Read our posts and picks of Christchurch's own literary festival. 29 Aug - 2 Sept.
Find out who's coming & what they'll be talking about. Read our posts and picks of Christchurch's own literary festival. 29 Aug - 2 Sept.

National Poetry Day - Friday 24 August National Poetry Day - Friday 24 August

By Rayccl
Aotearoa has been celebrating National Poetry Day on the last Friday in August for over 20 years now! This year it’s on Friday 24 August.
Aotearoa has been celebrating National Poetry Day on the last Friday in August for over 20 years now! This year it’s on Friday 24 August.

uncover - huraina uncover - huraina

The latest copy of the free library magazine uncover - huraina is online. Paper copies are in libraries.
The latest copy of the free library magazine uncover - huraina is online. Paper copies are in libraries.

New Zealand International Film Festival New Zealand International Film Festival

Take a walk on the cinematic side! Here are the movie-related books from this year's Christchurch leg of the NZ International Film Festival
Take a walk on the cinematic side! Here are the movie-related books from this year's Christchurch leg of the NZ International Film Festival

Babytimes/Wā Pēpi Babytimes/Wā Pēpi

Multiple libraries
Encourage learning through language. Babytimes is an interactive programme including rhymes, songs, stories and play!
Encourage learning through language. Babytimes is an interactive programme including rhymes, songs, stories and play!

Teens

Winter Read Challenge - winners! Winter Read Challenge - winners!

Congratulations winners, & thanks all of you who entered. The Winter Reading Challenge has tonnes of hot book tips from Christchurch teens
Congratulations winners, & thanks all of you who entered. The Winter Reading Challenge has tonnes of hot book tips from Christchurch teens

WORD Christchurch 2018: Picks for teens WORD Christchurch 2018: Picks for teens

By Alina
Tūranga youth librarians pick their top sessions for teens at the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018.
Tūranga youth librarians pick their top sessions for teens at the WORD Christchurch Festival 2018.

READNZ READNZ

#READNZ = Read new and cool NZ books for teens.
#READNZ = Read new and cool NZ books for teens.

eResources for teens (FREE!) eResources for teens (FREE!)

All you need is your library card & password/PIN. Use them for study and research, or relax with eBooks, eAudiobooks, & eMagazines.
All you need is your library card & password/PIN. Use them for study and research, or relax with eBooks, eAudiobooks, & eMagazines.

Hot tips for the Winter Read Challenge Hot tips for the Winter Read Challenge

Winter Read Challenge is ON! Here are some hot reading ideas from teens who have already got their entries in.
Winter Read Challenge is ON! Here are some hot reading ideas from teens who have already got their entries in.

Kids

Dr Seuss Creation - A Family Challenge Dr Seuss Creation - A Family Challenge

View the winners & finalists in our competition. Prizes included tickets to the Isaac Theatre Royal and Orana Wildlife Park
View the winners & finalists in our competition. Prizes included tickets to the Isaac Theatre Royal and Orana Wildlife Park

Read Aloud Day Read Aloud Day

By Kimccl
Hear from some finalists in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Including Sophie Siers, Alison Ballance, & Gavin Bishop.
Hear from some finalists in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Including Sophie Siers, Alison Ballance, & Gavin Bishop.

NZ Book Awards for Children & YA 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children & YA 2018

Read the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Read the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Top Picks Children's Books - August 2018 Top Picks Children's Books - August 2018

recommended by KimKids
Animal antics and interactivity abound in his month's selection.
Animal antics and interactivity abound in his month's selection.

Sustainability and Minecraft Sustainability and Minecraft

This holiday programme wasn't a relaxed, laid back affair - this one really had children thinking!
This holiday programme wasn't a relaxed, laid back affair - this one really had children thinking!

eResources

Playing with genealogy in the library Playing with genealogy in the library

Who are you? Simone has delving into her past using Christchurch City Libraries' family history eResources. Here's what she discovered ...
Who are you? Simone has delving into her past using Christchurch City Libraries' family history eResources. Here's what she discovered ...

givUS givUS

Find out about funding for your group, club, or organisation.
Find out about funding for your group, club, or organisation.

Wish I was there ... Wish I was there ...

Did you know we have always available eBook Lonely Planet travel guides from OverDrive, no holds or waiting!
Did you know we have always available eBook Lonely Planet travel guides from OverDrive, no holds or waiting!

7 reasons to start research with eDS 7 reasons to start research with eDS

eResource Discovery Search (eDS) is the perfect starting point for your next piece of research and here are 7 reasons why.
eResource Discovery Search (eDS) is the perfect starting point for your next piece of research and here are 7 reasons why.

Introducing Gale Interactive: Science Introducing Gale Interactive: Science

Make science come alive - interactive 3-D models & authoritative, digital content that helps students experience science, not just study it.
Make science come alive - interactive 3-D models & authoritative, digital content that helps students experience science, not just study it.

Māori

Koroneihana and Kīngitanga Koroneihana and Kīngitanga

recommended by ChristchurchLib
Information on Koroneihana, the coronation of the Māori Kings and Queen, and selected titles on Kīngitanga (the King Movement).
Information on Koroneihana, the coronation of the Māori Kings and Queen, and selected titles on Kīngitanga (the King Movement).

Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi Busby: Now a Sir Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi Busby: Now a Sir

Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi Busby was given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Jan-Hai talks about meeting him, and his inspiring life.
Heke-Nuku-Mai-Nga-Iwi Busby was given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Jan-Hai talks about meeting him, and his inspiring life.

New view for tukutuku New view for tukutuku

By Moata
Ten library tukutuku panels that were created as part of a community art project are now on display at Christchurch Art Gallery.
Ten library tukutuku panels that were created as part of a community art project are now on display at Christchurch Art Gallery.

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.

Local History

Mr George King, ostrich breeder, Burwood Mr George King, ostrich breeder, Burwood

Mr George who King began breeding ostriches for their feathers on his Burwood property in 1893.  An image from our Digital Collection.
Mr George who King began breeding ostriches for their feathers on his Burwood property in 1893.  An image from our Digital Collection.

Canterbury football representatives 1894 Canterbury football representatives 1894

Local rugby players line up for a team photo. Highlighting an image from our Digital Collection.
Local rugby players line up for a team photo. Highlighting an image from our Digital Collection.

Johnson's Fishponds, Opawa Johnson's Fishponds, Opawa

In 1875 Andrew Mensal Johnson (d. 1916) established a fish hatchery and aquarium at Opawa, on the south bank of the Heathcote River.
In 1875 Andrew Mensal Johnson (d. 1916) established a fish hatchery and aquarium at Opawa, on the south bank of the Heathcote River.

Family history guide Family history guide

Whether you're just beginning to look into the history of your family or a seasoned researcher we have a wealth of resources that can help.
Whether you're just beginning to look into the history of your family or a seasoned researcher we have a wealth of resources that can help.

Daresbury Rookery, 67 Fendalton Road Daresbury Rookery, 67 Fendalton Road

Daresbury, a 50-room house on 25 acres, designed by S. Hurst Seager and built between 1897 and 1901 for George Humphreys.
Daresbury, a 50-room house on 25 acres, designed by S. Hurst Seager and built between 1897 and 1901 for George Humphreys.
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