City 2 Surf

The City 2 Surf is being held on Sunday 19 March 2017. This annual run has been held since the 1970s, attracting large crowds. Pioneering ultra-distance runner Don Cameron – who ran from Sydney to Melbourne in 11 days to promote the 1974 Commonwealth Games – played a key role in establishing the event. Does the…
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Amy Brown’s Ponies

Amy Brown, the author of the Pony Tales series, told us about her ponies in 2012: The first pony I rode was called Johnny.  The size of a St Bernard dog, and brownish black, Johnny was a Timor pony, who belonged, I think, to a family that lived a few baches down from ours. I…
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Interview with Derek Landy

In 2012, one of our young customers got to interview Derek Landy, the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Romy said "It was the best day of my life meeting him in the bookshop. I am ever thankful!" What was your inspiration to write? Wow, what a first question. Ho, I don’t know because I…
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Writing book reviews for kids

Here are some tips on writing book reviews for kids: Fiction When you are writing a fiction book review, these are some points that you should include: Title and Author — Make sure you include the title and the author of the book. This will help people find the book in the catalogue and read…
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Learning music

Have you ever considered learning an instrument, or learning to sing? This page lists music tuition options from community information directory CINCH and links to library resources and learn-to-play materials — so you can get started and improve your skills. Search our catalogue Resources for learning piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, flute, saxophone, drums and trumpet. Music instruction Guides to…
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The Reserves of New Brighton

Richard Greenaway is an Information Librarian with an interest in the history of East Christchurch. He has an eye for a good story and the skill and patience to check and cross check all kinds of references. He has compiled a wonderful array of New Brighton stories. Here he explores the reserves early residents of New Brighton could…
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The bridges of New Brighton

Richard Greenaway is an Information Librarian with an interest in the history of East Christchurch. He has an eye for a good story and the skill and patience to check and cross check all kinds of references. He has compiled a wonderful array of New Brighton stories. Here he explores the bridges early residents of Christchurch used…
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How to get to New Brighton

Richard Greenaway is an Information Librarian with an interest in the history of East Christchurch. He has an eye for a good story and the skill and patience to check and cross check all kinds of references. He has compiled a wonderful array of New Brighton stories. Here he explores the way early residents of Christchurch…
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