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. is an online video tutorial website that is […]

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Mask Making at the Makerspace Workshop


Come and check out our mask display at the South Learning Centre. Students at the Makerspace Workshop afterschool programme investigated the meaning behind masks and why people wear masks. They then researched and drafted their own mask ideas. Their brief was to incorporate an accessory that could be 3D printed. The Makerspace Workshop afterschool programme […]

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Podcast – Canterbury’s residential red zone

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 issues surrounding land in Canterbury that since the 2010/2011 earthquakes has been zoned red and no longer suitable for residential use. […]

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Science fiction (double feature)


I've been in a bit of a reading slump for several months, but it's starting to pick up again. Mostly I seem to be into Adventures in space! books at the moment (to be fair when am I not into Adventures in space! books?), possibly a result of the Star Wars renaissance. It's a good […]

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Girls Zone

So many exciting things are happening in our libraries. You can design your own dream catcher! These girls loved making cosy scarves and comfy cushions in Summer Sewing. These girls problem solved to fix the 3D printer jam! Great thinking girls. A combination of electronics and Hama beads resulted in a 3D flashing Pacman! Booking and […]

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