Services for the visually impaired

Librarians recently had some useful training by Tom Smith, the Accessible Information Consultant at the Blind Foundation. Here's some useful information from Tom on things that can help anyone with visual impairment, and some other resources available at Christchurch City Libraries. The Blind Foundation The Blind Foundation Library offers books and magazines in audio, braille…
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Celebrate Chinese New Year at Christchurch City Libraries

Our 2016 Year of the Monkey celebrations at Christchurch City Libraries are underway! There are fun activities for the Chinese New Year, including: Library scavenger hunt - quizzes, Chinese Zodiac Challenge and lantern riddles: simple quizzes to get to know your library, make a quest on the Chinese Zodiac, solve the Chinese lantern riddles to…
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Learn how to use your iPad or laptop at the library – join our classes

Been given an iPad or laptop for Christmas and it's still in the box? Well do something about it. Come to the Library and learn how to use it. Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre  (15th Feb - 11 April) Beginning Computer Classes Mondays 11.00-12.30pm  $15 per term Beginning iPads Classes Wednesdays 11.00-12.30pm  $15 per term South Learning Centre (16th Feb…
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The art of commuter cycling

Tomorrow it's the annual celebration of commuter cycling known as Go By Bike Day when Kiwis are encouraged to ditch the car or bus and get to where they're going by the power of pedal alone. I've been a commuter cyclist on and off since I got my first bike (a gold Raleigh 20) at…
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Recent necrology, January 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently: Paul Bley, 1932-2016 Pianist who helped lead the 1960s ‘free jazz’ revolution Pierre Boulez, 1925-2016 Outstanding composer and conductor who pushed contemporary music in radical new directions David Bowie, 1947-2016 Giant of popular music who endlessly reinvented himself over more than four decades Melvin Day, 1923-2016 Painter, author…
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Open for business – an interview with Lara Strongman, Christchurch Art Gallery

The Christchurch Art Gallery re-opened on Saturday 19 December 2015, and has had record visit numbers ever since. Their latest publication is 101 works of art, beautifully designed by Aaron Beehre, features texts by Lara Strongman, Ken Hall, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Peter Vangioni and Jenny Harper. Lara Strongman is the senior curator of the…
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The gift of failure

January has come and gone. And maybe you find that (despite your New Year's Resolutions), you still feel depressingly like Nigel Marsh in his book Fat, Forty and Fired. If that makes you feel like a bit of a failure, maybe you're looking at this all wrong. Because failing is the new way to go. It is hard to believe, but…
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Abandoned places & Bio art: Cool picks from the selectors

Abandoned Places: 60 Stories of Places Where Time Stood Still Illustrated liberally and with short articles this is a great book for the armchair traveller. Chernobyl is of course featured, but there are a surprisingly large amount of places that have been abandoned because of environmental disasters as well as urban migration. Interestingly Waiuta in…
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