Beat those change-of-season sniffles

Family walking in Autumn

Autumn has arrived suddenly and those cool mornings and nights are playing havoc with our bodies. Boost your immune system with some good info from our: Health magazines on Zinio, Press Reader, Health databases and our library catalogue Books and eBooks on health Keep your fitness up Healthy home, healthy you Or search our catalogue for specific health terms. […]

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Cold climate knitting

knitting hands

Wow, we have some great knitting titles from the Scottish highlands and islands, and Scandinavia at our libraries. Other titles: Scottish knitting Irish knitting Scandinavian knitting Norwegian knitting All knitting Groups: Knitting groups in our libraries Knitting groups in the community Our Zinio for Libraries collection includes several knitting eMagazines that you can download for […]

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Car maintenance, tinkering & upgrading

Kiwis have a love of tinkering or sprucing up their cars, myself included, but I am a complete amateur. Here are some gems you can get through the library: Motor manuals Auto body repairs and repainting Car club listings in CINCH Car and motoring websites Advice when buying a vehicle Search our eResources for magazine articles […]

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Beat those Winter Blues

Man on road

Are you finding the gloomy days and cold nights are getting you down? I've come up with some blue-busting winter warmers to drag you out of the doldrums: Exercise There. I said it. It's essential. Yes, I can hear you moan! Nothing warms the body up and produces happy brain chemicals like moving. It doesn't […]

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World Refugee Day – 20 June


World Refugee Day is 20th June. "Most of the world’s refugees – 86 per cent -- live in the developing world, compared to 70 per cent 10 years ago. Most of these countries have kept their doors open to people in search of safety, and have shown a generosity that is often well beyond their […]

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The End of Black Sabbath’s touring

Black Sabbath in concert

Black Sabbath is touring the world for the last time. It's appropriately called The End. The Auckland show was on April 28th and then they rock Dunedin on April 30th. I'll be grabbing my black t-shirt and jeans and flying down to Dunedin to do some headbanging to the wonderfully heavy sound. Ozzie is one of […]

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The Stranglers

The Stranglers in concert, 2008

The Stranglers are in New Zealand touring and have a Christchurch Show Friday 15th April. The punk/new wave English band was formed in Guildford in 1974 and went on to becoming very popular with hits like Peaches, No More Heroes, Always The Sun, and my favs Golden Brown and Skin Deep. We are lucky to […]

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Muscle Car Madness this weekend

It's my favourite time of year when petrolheads get together to ogle the sights of the Muscle Car Madness at Rangiora Showgrounds this Saturday and Sunday. The variety of cars, vans, utes and even motorbikes is phenomenal. So get your black t-shirt on and join us there! Search our catalogue for Australian Automobile History, American […]

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Kids! Get Creating for Halloween


Here are some of our great books for you to create awesome Halloween goodies! We would love to see what you make. Show a librarian or email your photo to or post to our facebook page. If you're on Twitter you can use #cclhalloween too. More spooky inspiration Other great Halloween titles for children About Halloween

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Jesse Bering: Science not morals


After reading a review of Perv in The Press' Your Weekend magazine I was very intrigued. Jesse Bering is a science communication professor at Otago University so this book is looking at perversions from a scientific perspective - not a moral one. Many thanks to Word Christchurch for giving me the opportunity to get out of […]

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