Top tips for the Book Sale

Captain Jane and her first mate, young book lover Alex Riley, guard some of the book sale loot.

Jane Hackett is the Team Leader of the library's Bindery and Distribution team. One of her big tasks is coordinating the Big Bargain Book Sale (it's on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March). She's been doing it for six years. For her, the book sale wrangling starts before Christmas. The sale includes around 50,000 items, […]

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Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

Bullet through glass

Our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter includes the following titles: Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and best picks straight in your inbox. For more great crime and thriller reads, check out our lists of winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Awards, of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, and of the Ngaio […]

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Science Alive Under 5 Fest – Hands-on science fun for kids

Under 5 fest

Science Alive's annual Under 5 Fest gives kids under the age of 5 (and their parents and caregivers and educators) a heap of hands-on science fun. It's on from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm at Table Tennis Canterbury stadium, 294 Blenheim Road Riccarton.  Library staff will be there from 11am to 12pm […]

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My library – Rachael King

Writer and Literary Director of WORD Christchurch Rachael King talks to librarian Donna Robertson in the third issue of our magazine uncover - huraina. What’s your earliest library memory? When I was 12 I was sent from my home in Auckland to Hastings to board with my mother’s friends and go to school there. I […]

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Wednesday 22 February 2017 – Earthquake Commemorations

Earthquake commemorations

The sixth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 quake is on this Wednesday 22 February. There are events on for the community to come together to reflect, and remember. Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial Dedication and Civic Memorial Service Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial will be unveiled on 22 February 2017 at a […]

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Armchair Travel newsletter


No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter. Subscribe to our bimonthly Armchair Travel newsletter to discover new titles and recommended staff picks.

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Have your say about library events and programmes

Preschool programming

We are reviewing our schedule of public programmes and events and would love to hear from customers (and potential customers) about which activities you'd like to see prioritised. Have your say! We welcome any suggestions If you'd rather do a paper version, fill one out at your library and pop it in the survey box. […]

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