Ballantynes’ Fire Anniversary

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Ballantynes' Fire. The fire at the Ballantynes Department store in Christchurch on 18 November 1947 was the worst fire in New Zealand’s history and 41 people died. If you want to find out more about this tragic event, Christchurch City Libraries has a resource that features transcripts of articles from…
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2D to 3D

This term our team has been running our very first school programme utilising the Library 3D printer. The name of the course is “2D to 3D” and involves 12 students being introduced to a variety of learning and software that allows them to take 2 dimensional design, (arrived at by following a “design process”)  through…
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When the Show comes to town…

I’d better confess upfront: I have never been to the Show. This probably disqualifies me immediately as a true Cantabrian. To make sure, I took Roberta’s Pineapple Lumps Kiwiana challenges. The result? Well, let’s just say that I won’t be too surprised if, in the next few days, a friendly immigration officer knocks on my…
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Christmas reading for kids

Christmas is celebrated differently all around the world. Many children in the Northern Hemisphere have a cold Christmas, snuggled inside with roaring fires and snow outside. Children in the Southern Hemisphere have a very different, very warm Christmas — often with BBQs! These books show the different ways children all over the world celebrate this…
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