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Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017

The theme of our heritage photo competition is Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way. Enter online or at your local library.

Bathing beauties at Corsair Bay

Neck to knee bathing costumes, around 1920. Mother and daughter Alice and Venis with two cousins. Historical image from Kete Christchurch.

A 1920s bloke's shed, Merivale

At 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale. This shed held the prized family car, the motorbike, tools and was also used for the family business.

Antarctic Season Opening 2017

Christchurch has a long history of playing host to Antarctic explorers and scientists. Find out more in our blog post.

Curragh Cottage: Picturing Canterbury

Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park. Originally erected at 104 Holly Road. Photo from Kete Christchurch.

Recommended

Kids

Science Alive Science Alive

Science Snippets will not be running this week (Term 4 - starting Tuesday 24 Oct). We will update you as soon as possible.
Science Snippets will not be running this week (Term 4 - starting Tuesday 24 Oct). We will update you as soon as possible.

Top Pick Children's Books October 2017 Top Pick Children's Books October 2017

recommended by KimKids
Recently arrived playful picture books, illustrated chapter books and children's graphic novels.
Recently arrived playful picture books, illustrated chapter books and children's graphic novels.

Stacy Gregg's The Thunderbolt Pony Stacy Gregg's The Thunderbolt Pony

By Kimccl
Stacy Gregg's latest book is a children's novel set close to home. Meet the author at Scorpio Books on Tues 17 Oct and read Kim's interview.
Stacy Gregg's latest book is a children's novel set close to home. Meet the author at Scorpio Books on Tues 17 Oct and read Kim's interview.

Kids' Books newsletter Kids' Books newsletter

Our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.
Our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading.

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.

Community

Jobs at Christchurch City Libraries Jobs at Christchurch City Libraries

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

Name decided for new central library Name decided for new central library

Christchurch’s new central library has its official name — Tūranga.
Christchurch’s new central library has its official name — Tūranga.

Cycling resources for Biketober Cycling resources for Biketober

Resources and information on cycling in Christchurch in celebration of Biketober.
Resources and information on cycling in Christchurch in celebration of Biketober.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017 Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017

By Moata
Help grow the city's photographic archive by entering our annual heritage photo competition. Entries open 1-31 October.
Help grow the city's photographic archive by entering our annual heritage photo competition. Entries open 1-31 October.

What's On

How to research the history of a house How to research the history of a house

Oct 28th | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ever wondered who has lived in your house? Did anything exciting or scandalous happen to them? Staff share house research resources and tips
Ever wondered who has lived in your house? Did anything exciting or scandalous happen to them? Staff share house research resources and tips

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017 Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017

This year’s theme is Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way. Entries open on Sunday 1 October and close on Tuesday 31 October.
This year’s theme is Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way. Entries open on Sunday 1 October and close on Tuesday 31 October.

Halloween for kids Halloween for kids

Halloween-themed storytime and bookbuddies sessions.
Halloween-themed storytime and bookbuddies sessions.

Tell me a story Tell me a story

Oct 27th - Dec 8th
South Library and Learning Centre
Free 6 week class for you to record your memories, local history or anecdotes and present them using iMovie, Fridays 9.30-11.30am.
Free 6 week class for you to record your memories, local history or anecdotes and present them using iMovie, Fridays 9.30-11.30am.

JP clinics at libraries JP clinics at libraries

Regular Justice of the Peace clinics take place at a number of libraries. Check our calendar for one near you.
Regular Justice of the Peace clinics take place at a number of libraries. Check our calendar for one near you.

Māori

Waka, Okain's Bay: Picturing Canterbury Waka, Okain's Bay: Picturing Canterbury

Taken on Waitangi Day, 1977 at the opening of Okain's Bay Museum. Image from Kete Christchurch.
Taken on Waitangi Day, 1977 at the opening of Okain's Bay Museum. Image from Kete Christchurch.

What’s in a name? A whole story! What’s in a name? A whole story!

Our libraries all have te reo Māori names that tell a story about our places and people.
Our libraries all have te reo Māori names that tell a story about our places and people.

Stars of storytelling Stars of storytelling

Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori/ to celebrate Māori Language Week, Christchurch City Libraries teamed up with Te Reo Wainene o Tua.
Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori/ to celebrate Māori Language Week, Christchurch City Libraries teamed up with Te Reo Wainene o Tua.

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.

Mai rānō – Way back when… Mai rānō – Way back when…

Learn some Māori words associated with gardening in Janna's post about her history with mahi māra.
Learn some Māori words associated with gardening in Janna's post about her history with mahi māra.

eResources

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

What Happened to Lizzie Lovett? Join the OverDrive Big Library Read to find out.
What Happened to Lizzie Lovett? Join the OverDrive Big Library Read to find out.

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.

eResource Tasters eResource Tasters

Get a free taster of our popular eResources: Ancestry, PressReader, OverDrive, BorrowBox, RBdigital magazines, Mango Languages ...
Get a free taster of our popular eResources: Ancestry, PressReader, OverDrive, BorrowBox, RBdigital magazines, Mango Languages ...

Learn a new skill 24/7 Learn a new skill 24/7

Find it 24/7 with our eResources: Lynda.com, Smartmath Practice, Mango Languages, and eDS - eResources Discovery Search.
Find it 24/7 with our eResources: Lynda.com, Smartmath Practice, Mango Languages, and eDS - eResources Discovery Search.

Kia ora RBdigital Magazines Kia ora RBdigital Magazines

Check out the new eMagazine app RBdigital, which is replacing Zinio for Libraries app. It comes with some great new features.
Check out the new eMagazine app RBdigital, which is replacing Zinio for Libraries app. It comes with some great new features.

Teens

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!

Teen Programmes at new Central Library Teen Programmes at new Central Library

If you are aged between 13 and 18, tell us what events you'd like at your new Central Library. You could win a $100 Westfield voucher.
If you are aged between 13 and 18, tell us what events you'd like at your new Central Library. You could win a $100 Westfield voucher.

The Changeover by Margaret Mahy The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

Laura sometimes receives ‘warnings’ and this time the danger is supernatural. With a movie version due soon, Joy reviews this YA classic.
Laura sometimes receives ‘warnings’ and this time the danger is supernatural. With a movie version due soon, Joy reviews this YA classic.

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.

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.
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