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Christmas and New Year holiday hours

Ngā mihi o te wā me te Tau Hou. Check our library opening hours for the holidays.

Summertime Reading Challenge

The Summertime Reading Challenge runs from Sat 1 Dec 2018 to Wednesday 28 Feb 2019 for kids (ages 0 to 13) and adults (ages 13+).

Huraina

The latest copy of the free library magazine Huraina is online, or pick up a paper copy from your library next week.

A Library Christmas Story

Dec 18th | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us for an interactive Christmas story, with music provided by Dewey and the Decimals Library Band! Bring your PJs, a cushion and picnic

Inside the Four Avenues

The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition at Tūranga and online.

Recommended

Local History

Ōtautahi Advent Calendar 2018 Ōtautahi Advent Calendar 2018

24 Christmas images from the Discovery Wall. Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou.
24 Christmas images from the Discovery Wall. Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018 Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018

By Jacqst
Thank you so much for sharing your memories and contributing to our photographic history. Here are the winners in the 2018 Photo Hunt.
Thank you so much for sharing your memories and contributing to our photographic history. Here are the winners in the 2018 Photo Hunt.

Inside the Four Avenues, 2018 Inside the Four Avenues, 2018

3 photographers show the ever-changing landscape of the central city & its people. View the images online, & see the exhibition at Tūranga.
3 photographers show the ever-changing landscape of the central city & its people. View the images online, & see the exhibition at Tūranga.

Christchurch women vote - 28 Nov 1893 Christchurch women vote - 28 Nov 1893

Christchurch women voted for the first time on 28 November 1893. About 10,000 Christchurch women voted, with only a few incidents.
Christchurch women voted for the first time on 28 November 1893. About 10,000 Christchurch women voted, with only a few incidents.

A fire, a lady and a singed parrot A fire, a lady and a singed parrot

By Katccl
Today we know the Ilam Homestead as the University of Canterbury's staff club but another house existed on the site and burnt down in 1910.
Today we know the Ilam Homestead as the University of Canterbury's staff club but another house existed on the site and burnt down in 1910.

Kids

Summer School Holiday Programmes Summer School Holiday Programmes

This school holidays libraries have free bookable activities, pay-for classes that require bookings, and sessions you can just drop in for.
This school holidays libraries have free bookable activities, pay-for classes that require bookings, and sessions you can just drop in for.

After school clubs & programmes After school clubs & programmes

Join us for after school clubs & programmes. Some sessions are free & no bookings required; others have a cost attached & require bookings.
Join us for after school clubs & programmes. Some sessions are free & no bookings required; others have a cost attached & require bookings.

More Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids More Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids

It's mid-December. That means there's only a few more days before school breaks up, and Kiwi families start getting together to celebrate...
It's mid-December. That means there's only a few more days before school breaks up, and Kiwi families start getting together to celebrate...

Stacy Gregg interview Stacy Gregg interview

"I write for strong, brave independent-minded readers who aspire to be heroes" - an interview with New Zealand writer Stacy Gregg.
"I write for strong, brave independent-minded readers who aspire to be heroes" - an interview with New Zealand writer Stacy Gregg.

Best books of 2018 for kids and teens Best books of 2018 for kids and teens

Librarians have picked their best books of 2018 for kids and teens. Heaps of excellent reading to explore!
Librarians have picked their best books of 2018 for kids and teens. Heaps of excellent reading to explore!

Teens

Youthtown Learners Licence Workshops Youthtown Learners Licence Workshops

Sign up for 2019 Learners Licence Workshops - $130 for six workshops with Youthtown & on session 6 they will take you to sit your test.
Sign up for 2019 Learners Licence Workshops - $130 for six workshops with Youthtown & on session 6 they will take you to sit your test.

After school clubs & programmes After school clubs & programmes

Join us for after school clubs & programmes. Some sessions are free & no bookings required; others have a cost attached & require bookings.
Join us for after school clubs & programmes. Some sessions are free & no bookings required; others have a cost attached & require bookings.

Best of 2018 for teens Best of 2018 for teens

recommended by ChristchurchKids
Librarians have picked the best books for teens in 2018. Have a browse for some excellent reading.
Librarians have picked the best books for teens in 2018. Have a browse for some excellent reading.

"I started writing this when I was 17" "I started writing this when I was 17"

Interview with new local author for teens Jack Hartley. You are welcome to his book launch at Tūranga on Monday 26 November at 6pm.
Interview with new local author for teens Jack Hartley. You are welcome to his book launch at Tūranga on Monday 26 November at 6pm.

Christchurch City Libraries for teens Christchurch City Libraries for teens

A guide to the library - from joining & membership, to study & eResources, & library events as well as finding your next great read.
A guide to the library - from joining & membership, to study & eResources, & library events as well as finding your next great read.

eResources

Hidden Gems - Fugazi Hidden Gems - Fugazi

After digging deep in the library catalogue, I found a couple of great things on one of my favourite bands, Fugazi.
After digging deep in the library catalogue, I found a couple of great things on one of my favourite bands, Fugazi.

Libby for travelling families 方便旅行家庭的电子 Libby for travelling families 方便旅行家庭的电子

旅行的季节又到了!很多华人朋友都利用孩子假期、圣诞节和春节回国探亲或出国旅游。有时在图书馆遇到华人顾客因出国前忘记还书需交超期罚款很是同情。自己也曾在回国时为找孩子的英文阅读材料煞费苦心。其实,这些问题都可以用图书馆的电子资源eResources 解决。OverDrive…
旅行的季节又到了!很多华人朋友都利用孩子假期、圣诞节和春节回国探亲或出国旅游。有时在图书馆遇到华人顾客因出国前忘记还书需交超期罚款很是同情。自己也曾在回国时为找孩子的英文阅读材料煞费苦心。其实,这些问题都可以用图书馆的电子资源eResources 解决。OverDrive…

Just for Kids Just for Kids

Thousands of videos & interactive games - Sesame St, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Franklin the Turtle, Berenstain Bears, Arthur & more
Thousands of videos & interactive games - Sesame St, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Franklin the Turtle, Berenstain Bears, Arthur & more

eMagazines eMagazines

New eMagazines in the RBDigital Magazines collection - read 'em for free.
New eMagazines in the RBDigital Magazines collection - read 'em for free.

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

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

Community

Sumner to close between Christmas & NY Sumner to close between Christmas & NY

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is closing 6pm Monday 24 December, & reopening 10am Monday 31 December so some minor works can be done.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is closing 6pm Monday 24 December, & reopening 10am Monday 31 December so some minor works can be done.

Technology Programmes - eKnow How Technology Programmes - eKnow How

Explore library sessions from basic computer skills to music production. Some are pay-for, & some are free drop-ins. Book your spot now!
Explore library sessions from basic computer skills to music production. Some are pay-for, & some are free drop-ins. Book your spot now!

Parklands Library is closed for repairs Parklands Library is closed for repairs

Parklands Library is closed for six months as it undergoes a major upgrade & repairs. Mobile library will provide services.
Parklands Library is closed for six months as it undergoes a major upgrade & repairs. Mobile library will provide services.

Spark Jump Workshops at Hornby & Linwood Spark Jump Workshops at Hornby & Linwood

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.
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.

Reading in Mind book scheme Reading in Mind book scheme

If you have a mental health issue like anxiety, reading books can help you better understand & manage your mental health & wellbeing.
If you have a mental health issue like anxiety, reading books can help you better understand & manage your mental health & wellbeing.

Māori

Pūtoi - Family learning time Pūtoi - Family learning time

Dec 16th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tūranga
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. Places are limited so bookings required.
Every month learn about a different kaupapa Māori (Māori subject) in a whānau-friendly environment. Places are limited so bookings required.

Parihaka Parihaka

There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.
There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu Tāngata Ngāi Tahu

Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu. Volume One is a new book celebrating the rich and diverse lives of fifty people of Ngāi Tahu.
Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu. Volume One is a new book celebrating the rich and diverse lives of fifty people of Ngāi Tahu.

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.

Podcast – Tā moko Podcast – Tā moko

Sally Carlton talks to an academic, a moko practitioner and a photographer about the meaning and mana of tā moko, traditional Māori tattoo.
Sally Carlton talks to an academic, a moko practitioner and a photographer about the meaning and mana of tā moko, traditional Māori tattoo.
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