‘Cracking’ Easter holiday programmes at our libraries and learning centres

Cracking holiday programmes saw many happy children having lots of fun this Easter. Lego animation - children created fun characters for their stop-motion movies. Family Games Fun at Linwood - indoor bowls and badminton were great challenges for all. Family Games Fun at South - posed a lot of thought in outdoor chess. Minecraft …
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Reading the World

After complaining about the hardships of attempting Read Harder 2015, I've come across an author who has shamed me into taking on another challenge. In 2012 Ann Morgan decided to read one book from each of the world's 196 independent countries, documenting her adventures on her blog and in her newly published book, Reading the…
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Goodbye, Gilbert Blythe

If you were a teenage girl during the 1980s and watched television then you were probably enraptured with the Anne of Green Gables TV series based on the novels of L. M. Montgomery. And there's a good chance you were smitten with Anne Shirley's regular tormentor/rescuer/romantic interest Gilbert Blythe…
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Food Fad Fury

Bring a cookbook to morning tea and suddenly everybody at the table has an opinion. Matt paper looks nice for about five minutes, but don’t put the book anywhere near where you actually cook. Drops and splashes look very nasty very quickly. Dr. Libby sucks all the joy out of life. Reading a cookbook without intending…
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Yours truly, Cecil

I have been reading a collection of letters by Cecil Malthus, who spent three years in service in the 1st Canterbury Battalion during the First World War. The letters, which were written to his wife-to-be Hazel, are on our website. They chronicle Cecil's time in the army from when he went into camp in April…
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Talking about Christchurch

The team at Freerange Press brought you one of the best books of 2014 - Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch. Now they come bearing Talking Heads - a series of talks that explore the current state of play in Christchurch and expand upon themes and issues explored in the book. The…
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