Spec’ Fic’ in Chch

Spec Fic... what‘s that? Spec Fic is short for Speculative Fiction and was first used by R.A Heinlein in 1953 in a Library Journal as an umbrella genre for fiction about “things that have not happened”: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all the bits in between. Spec fic is alive and well and happening in…
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A few of my favourite things

"Mum," said Miss Missy, "I've never eaten a croissant. They look delicious, I'd like to try one." I was shocked because, 1: she never asks to try new food, and 2: I love sharing my favourite things with my kids, so how could it be that in all her 12 years of existence, I had never suggested she try a croissant?? Sharing my favourite is one of…
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It’s the Children’s Choice in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are trying something new this year with an expanded Children's Choice Awards. Children in schools from around the country have been given the opportunity to select their own list of finalists for the 2015 Children's Choice Award.  More than 6,500 children and young adults from…
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Waterloo – a decisive battle

The 18th of June this year is the bicentenary of the legendary Battle of Waterloo. This was the battle that gave us hundreds of places named after the Duke of Wellington, a London train station, a dramatic Sharpe story and and a classic Eurovision winner. But what was it all about? The Napoleonic Wars, which…
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Knitting on the bus

World Knit In Public Day was last Saturday (13 June), and to celebrate, Sally Blake (Riccarton High School Library Manager), Catherine Boyd and Heather Chambers (Upper Riccarton Library) joined 23 other crafters on the Orbiter Bus. Sally yarn-bombed a bike from the Eco Shed, which was put on the rack at the front of the…
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The Halswell Project

Be part of a photographic documentary record of Halswell. Willing volunteers needed to be photographed for an exhibition and inclusion in our digital heritage collection. This year, Christchurch City Libraries have teamed up with the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts to create a photographic documentary record of the wider Halswell area. This work…
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Bloomsday 2015

Today is Bloomsday - 16 June. Back in 1904, James Joyce stepped out for the first time with Nora Barnacle, the woman who would become his wife. And in Ulysses, it is the day that Leopold Bloom kicks around Dublin. The Guardian has a great article: Bloomsday: how fans around the world will be celebrating…
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