Kids! Get Creating for Halloween

Here are some of our great books for you to create awesome Halloween goodies! We would love to see what you make. Show a librarian or email your photo to library@ccc.govt.nz or post to our facebook page. If you're on Twitter you can use #cclhalloween too. More spooky inspiration Other great Halloween titles for children About Halloween…
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Pressured Viewing

Once upon a time there was 'The Movie'. I've never tried to work out how many hours I've spent watching them (the hours lost that can never be regained), but as a child/stroppy teenager I would slump down in a chair on a Saturday afternoon at around 3pm to watch the Saturday afternoon matinee. It…
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This week in Christchurch history (26 October to 1 November)

26 October 1980 Christchurch City Council gives land at Cuthberts Green to the trustees of new Ngā Hau E Whā National Marae. 26 October 1982 Old library re-opens as Library Chambers (architect Don Donnithorne). 27 October 27 1983 New office building on the corner of Manchester and Kilmore Streets has New Zealand’s first exterior lift…
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Arrivals and departures

The Universe can count itself lucky that there were no cameramen on hand to record my New Zealand arrival 15 years ago. Months of wailing, breast beating and sad partings had taken their toll. Add to that a Harare detour, a missed connecting flight and a night spent in a Perth Airport Transit Lounge, and…
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Diwali 2015

Diwali is one of the major Hindu festivals. It is celebrated in all parts of India, where it is a national holiday, and in Hindu communities worldwide. Diwali takes its name from "Diyas" (lamps) which symbolically remove the darkness and awaken the light. Clay lamps traditionally filled with mustard oil, or candles of different colours…
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Courtney Barnett: Touring and reading

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett's debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit came out earlier this year and has been getting a lot of attention - Billboard magazine has called her "a kind of songwriting Lena Dunham" while Rolling Stone described her as "Jerry Seinfeld with a fuzz pedal". These comparisons are no doubt an…
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