Cool stuff from the selectors: An array of great children’s books

You can usually rely on children's books to have interesting inviting covers. This month's selection do not disappoint.  Designed for children - but equally enjoyed by adults -  there should be something here that appeals to all ages. The World of Moominvalley by Philip Ardagh The ultimate guide for any Moomin fan, old and new…
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Customers relaxing in the Attic Coffee House, 123a Cashel Street: Picturing Canterbury

Customers relaxing in the Attic Coffee House, 123a Cashel Street c.1957. The building was demolished in 1972. Do you have any photographs of cafes in Christchurch? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete…
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Win tickets to the NZSO National Youth Orchestra concert – 2 February

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra are performing next month at the Isaac Theatre Royal as part of their summer concerts series. The orchestra is made up of mostly university students and the standard of musicianship is high. Teenage prodigy Matthias Balzat (who has been playing cello since the age of three) will perform under the baton…
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Word up – 2018 in books

I've set myself a project this year - document my life in books. What I get out of the library, the books that actually got read, second hand or new books bought, etcetera. In true blog style, I'll add new stuff at the top, and there's a matching booklist. So here goes: January Hmm, I…
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Podcast – Collaborative urban living

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. In this episode Sally is joined by Jason Twill (UTS: University of Technology Sydney),  Greer O'Donnell (Ohu) and Jane Quigley (Viva Project Ōtautahi Christchurch NZ) who discuss ideas and opportunities for…
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Cool stuff from the selectors: Wunderkammer and Generation Wealth

Generation Wealth Lauren Greenfield began photographing in the early 1990s, capturing an era of conspicuous consumption. She was also there to document this rarefied world as it all cam tumbling down in the financial crash of 2008.  This is a hefty tome filled with brilliant photos and candid stories of wealth and decline. Lauren Greenfield…
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A novella idea…

Well the new year is underway and it's another year of excellent reading ahead! But if you're struggling to get back into the rhythm of reading, or if the idea of a thick tome after weeks of recreation has you daunted, then I've got an idea for you; why not try a novella or two!? A…
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