Beyond the Green Road – an evening with Anne Enright

Anne Enright, photo by Joe O'Shaughnessy

Well…. Christchurch, we are in for a treat!  Making the journey all the way from Ireland is Anne Enright, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award. Dublin born writer Anne will be gracing us with her presence at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season. Anne Enright: Wednesday 17 May 6pm More […]

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Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers’ Book Reviews

Here is a list of Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers’ Book Reviews, as assembled by Kate into a booklist. January Gabrielle Lord This book is about a 15 year old boy called Callum that has to stay alive for 365 days. Someone is trying to kill him, and this same guy may have killed his […]

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A Month with April-May by Edyth Bulbring


I wanted Mrs Ho out of my life. I wanted her to leave Trinity College. But God and your angels, shut your eyes on my vengeful plans, I never wanted Mrs Ho to be dead. If you love smart and funny girls who tell it like it is, there’s a new girl for you to […]

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Podcast – Overcoming addiction

Speak up - Kōrerotia

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 overcoming addiction and covers topics such as: What is addiction? Why can't people stop? - chemicals in the brain Impact on family […]

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Te Rerenga Kōrero – Ka mau te wehi!

Ākina te reo - support the language

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission publish weekly Māori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on. Ka mau te wehi! That's outstanding! Hear Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Full list of 50 […]

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Poetry at Parklands: the Poet Within


2016 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016 hits New Zealand on Friday 26 August and the celebration unleashes the power of poetry all around our great nation with lots of events and poetry competitions. Parklands Library draws on “the poet within”, within the Christchurch City Libraries that is. That's right, many of our librarians are […]

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Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Māmā (Mum)

Whāngahia te reo

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children. Kupu (word) Māmā Mum Ki a Māmā, me te aroha nui, nā Emākoau. To Mum, with love, from Emākoau. Hear the Ngā Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Browse our […]

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The stories behind the letters – The Clarkson family


A recent addition to our digital collection: Letters and memorabilia from the Clarkson family. This small collection of letters and memorabilia from Frank (William Francis) Clarkson to his sister Margaret Clarkson (Garton), 1918 and a letter written by Emerson Clarkson, Palestine, to his sister Lydia, in 1917. Librarian Sue Colyer has inside knowledge of these […]

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Social media 1860s style – The logbooks of Joseph Munnings


You might have heard of people who keep a diary of their daily lives, recording their thoughts and special occasions. Some of us still do, and have little interest in using social media to share our most intimate thoughts and what we had for dinner with friends, workmates, friends of a friends, and that random […]

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