Podcast – Discussing Autism

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Broadcast during Autism Awareness Week, this panel discussion touches on the following topics - Part I: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? What do we know about the…
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Anzac Day in Christchurch 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017 was Anzac Day. All our libraries were closed on this public holiday. Read our page on Anzac Day and Gallipoli to find out more about this commemoration. Commemorative services often begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial, where they are joined by other members…
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The magic word ‘Anzac’

On 25 April we will stop to remember those who served in the conflicts New Zealand has participated in, from the world wars to Iraq and Afghanistan, via Korea, Vietnam and others, and not forgetting New Zealand’s 19th century wars and the Boer War. There is much to remember, and this year the focus will…
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The Little Breton Bistro

I was pretty much chomping at the bit to get my hands on this new novel by Nina George, the author of the international bestselling novel The Little Paris Bookshop. I completely fell in love with her break through novel of love, joy and grief, partly due to its true to life characters which felt…
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Haere ra, John (and Fred)

Yet another Kiwi icon passes. But his legend will live on. John Clarke is someone many of us remember. For me it was as Fred Dagg, singing the immortal song "If it weren't for your gumboots" played on National Radio storytime. For others it was his incredible skits on farming life and economics. In later life…
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The passing of a major poet

As reported in The New York Times recently, "Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and the instincts of a politician whose defiant verse inspired a generation of young Russians in their fight against Stalinism during the Cold War, died on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had been teaching…
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