Podcast – Youth suicide

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. The latest episode deals with youth suicide. New Zealand has high rates of youth suicide, especially among Māori and Pasifika populations. Part I: Sir Peter Gluckman (Prime…
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NBA playoffs time

If you are an avid basketball fan you will know that it is playoffs time. I am extra excited because I am a Celtics fan (Boston Celtics), and they are playing Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern conference playoffs. Unfortunately Steve Adams' team (Oklahoma City Thunders) didn't make the Western conference playoffs this year so you…
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National Simultaneous Storytime – Hickory Dickory Dash, Wednesday 23 May 1pm

14 of our libraries here in Christchurch are hosting National Simultaneous Storytime tomorrow  - Wednesday 23 May - at 1pm. You are welcome to come and join in - our librarians will be reading Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood, and published by Scholastic. Here are our library staff having a…
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Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival 2018

Frosty mornings, the threat of snow, and midwinter blues might be a couple of months away yet, but Christchurch is about to be hit by a different type of blues when the Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival comes to town later this week (May 23-27). Visit the Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz…
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Introducing Gale Interactive: Science – Make Science Come “Alive”

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure ‘science.’” – Edwin Powell Hubble Famed astronomer Hubble articulated simply what great science teachers have always known:  science is based on exploration, interaction, and engagement. When students connect with concepts in a meaningful, tactile way, they learn in a more meaningful…
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Fun Holiday Programmes

Have a look back at our April Holiday Programmes in the Learning Centres: ‘Lego Animation’ is always a good way to kick start the holidays! We had our young movie buffs directing and producing their own short animated movies over at Te Hāpua: Halwell Centre. At Upper Riccarton, it was all about "reduce, reuse and…
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The Hanmer bath-house buildings for the hot pools at Hanmer Springs built in 1904: Picturing Canterbury

Although known to Māori, and later used by local European settlers, a bathing facility at the hot springs in Hanmer Springs was not constructed until 1883 by the Government Lands Department. Ever since, the bathing facilities have featured in tourist promotions and guidebooks for Canterbury.   Do you have any photographs of Hanmer Springs? If…
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