Kids’ Books newsletter

Girl reading in a chair made of books

Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading. Be first in the know: subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox. Included in this month's newsletter are:    For more great reads for kids, check out our […]

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Harry Potter: a personal history

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

When I was 7, a substitute teacher read the class the first two chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I thought it was a bit rubbish and told my mother so when I got home. "I think I've heard about it on the radio," she said. "It's meant to be quite good." Oh. […]

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Historical Fiction Newsletter

Pocket Watch and book

Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter. This month's newsletter includes -   Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and top picks straight from your inbox.

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Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter

Harry Potter

"Happee Birthdae Harry" as Rubeus Hagrid so aptly said twenty years ago. Yes, its hard to believe, but this year, 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone' celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its first publication, and my generation of twenty-somethings can now, finally, feel old. Together we and Harry Potter went through school (admittedly with less owls […]

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New Books – 23 June

Girls sitting

Hi there, some great looking titles in the box this week. Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Futurama, Married with Children) has written an autobiography! Grace Notes tells the story of Sagal's amazing and challenging life (not the least having a baby at 52), told as a series of essays. Christina Applegate hails the memoir as […]

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Fun with Farts – Old MacDonald heard a fart

Old Macdonald

Miss Manners would probably be spinning in her grave*, but seriously, I don't know when I've laughed so hard as when I read Old MacDonald Heard a Fart! I took it home the other night, to read it to the Beecrafty family, but it seems not everyone enjoys a fart book as much as I do! Maybe I shouldn't […]

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Podcast – Child poverty and the Budget 2017

Bored children

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. Co-host Sara Epperson of CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) joins Sally Carlton to interview Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics, Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University, and Helen […]

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Themis Files : Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking gods

Waking Gods is the much awaited sequel to Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel's first novel of the Themis Files series. OMG. After reading The Massacre of Mankind, Stephen Baxter's reply to H.G Wells' War of The Worlds, this is too good to be true! Once again, London is visited by Aliens. A whacking great Robot, piloted by […]

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Armchair Travel newsletter


No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter Subscribe to our bimonthly Armchair Travel newsletter to discover new titles and recommended staff picks.

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History and Current Events: picks from our latest Newsletter

old globe

Our History and Current Events newsletter is filled with great reads that tell stories of wars, revolutions, and extraordinary lives all over the world - in the here and now, and the past. Our latest issue includes: Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and top picks straight from your inbox.

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