RIP P.D. James

P.D. James,  Baroness James of Holland Park, (OBE, FRSA, FRSL) has died aged 94. Phyllis Dorothy James was the author of over 20 crime novels, most of them featuring Detective Adam Dalgliesh. She published her (Fragment of an) autobiography Time to be in Earnest in 1999 and many of her works were adapted for television. Her most…
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Korean Day is back!

Korean Day is coming back again this year. It will take place in Cathedral Square between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 29th November 2014. Performer at Korean Day 2013. Christchurch City Libraries, CCL-2013-11-30-Korean-Day-2013 IMG_8266.JPG. This special day first started in 2013, when it had the distinction of being the first public event held in Cathedral…
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Best Reads 2014

What books have you loved this year? The following lists bring together the cream of the crop of 2014’s books – from the picks of our staff and customers, to the lists published by magazines, newspapers and booksellers. Have your say - add a link to your booklist, or add your picks in the comments…
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Christmas Food

Whatever you’re planning for Christmas dinner, our libraries have plenty of resources to help you prepare festive food. Search the catalogue Christmas cooking Gingerbread houses Traditional Christmas fare When Thomas Edmonds published the Edmond’s Cookbook in 1907 he created the most successful New Zealand cookbook ever. So it’s a great place to go for recipes for the most traditional…
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Advice on your eBook device

So it is nearly Christmas which according to retailers actually started in October. In anticipation of rampant present buying I am getting in early with some “advice on your device”! My advice is to do a bit of research if you want to use our three free eBook services! What? That’s right your library has three…
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Julia Gillard: In Conversation

Last night I attended Julia Gillard in Conversation, a WORD Christchurch event, in a packed Charles Luney auditorium, St Margaret’s College. The conversation between the former Australian Prime Minister and Press editor Joanna Norris was based on Gillard’s book, My Story. The talk was very insightful – not only about the difficulties of being a…
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