Te Rerenga Kōrero – Koina!

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. Koina! Yes, that's it! Hear Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Full list of 50 rerenga kōrero […]

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Podcast – Bilingualism in a single language-dominant society

Mother reading to daughters

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. UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day is on 21 February. In this episode Sally speaks with University of Canterbury and Growing up with Two Languages researchers Una Cunningham and Jin […]

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What languages do you speak?

World Languages collection

There are approximately 6900 languages in the world today. That's right - six thousand, nine hundred! That's A LOT of different languages! How many of them can you speak? We all learn a language when we are born. That's our 'mother language' - we pick it up from our family and friends, and learn it without too much effort. […]

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Local author Jane Seaford: The Insides of Banana Skins

Jane Seaford

I've read a few authors on counter culture: Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, W.S. Burroughs, Irvine Welsh but The Insides of Banana Skins is more like Marianne Faithfull's account of life on the wall ... Jane Seaford (Lyttelton, Dead is Dead and other stories) tells a story of a group of young naive women and men who live together, exploring the freedom of late 1960s […]

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Nature and Science newsletter

plant cells

For titles that reveal the surprising and wondrous about the world we live in be sure to read our bi-monthly Nature and Science newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and top picks straight from your inbox.

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Christchurch – Our underground story

Christchurch: Our underground story

Christchurch: Our underground story is a "lift-the-flaps" picture book with a difference. It has the sturdy thick board pages and colourful illustrations you'd expect to find in other books of this kind but the topic is a bit less straightforward than teaching simple colours or counting. It's about infrastructure, which is not a particularly thrilling […]

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Fiction A to Z newsletter

printers letters

Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten. Subscribe to receive this newsletter directly in your inbox every month, or read it online. For more great reads, check out our Literary Prizes page and our Booklists.

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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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Holi – The Festival of Colours – Saturday 4 March 2017

Child with Holi colours

Holi Hai! With the Holi festival approaching its fourth year of being held in Christchurch, people should no longer be surprised by the sight of respectable adults running around, throwing coloured powder and water at each other in the first week of March. The first Holi festival held in the Garden City was organised by […]

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My date with Lynda


With my husband out of town with work, I found myself home alone on Valentine’s Day, I decided instead of watching some soppy romance film, I thought I would spend an evening getting to know Lynda. With 5,800 courses and 260,000 tutorials, first glances were impressive. Lynda.com is an online video tutorial website that is […]

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