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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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)

Scifi

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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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.   Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and top picks straight from your inbox.

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We need to talk about America…

Statue of Liberty

Not that we haven't been doing just that for the last few months, but there's so much to say. America fascinates and repulses me. I couldn't live there - not just because I would eat all the food - but it is a fascinating place to observe, and we are fortunate to generally be able […]

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Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers’ Book Reviews

Here is a list of Hillmorton High: Hunters & Gatherers’ Book Reviews, as assembled by Kate into a booklist. January Gabrielle Lord This book is about a 15 year old boy called Callum that has to stay alive for 365 days. Someone is trying to kill him, and this same guy may have killed his […]

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Teen Scene newsletter

Stories from a teenage point of view. Discover your next great read with our latest Teen Scene newsletter.   Be first to know! Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and best picks straight from your inbox. For more great YA reading suggestions, check out our booklists.

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On your bike! – Go by bike day 2017

Go by bike day

Go by bike day is tomorrow. Surely a person doesn't need more inducement to hit the road, powered by their own legs, enjoying a form of transport that's good for their fitness and their wallet... but a free coffee and a muffin at the traditional Go By Bike Day Breakfast doesn't hurt, does it? This year the […]

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Treaty of Waitangi – Do you want to know more?

BWB Books

We all know the how important Waitangi Day is to New Zealand, but what do you really know about the Treaty of Waitangi? This is the question I asked myself this year. I decided to investigate further, and Christchurch City Libraries has an excellent eResource The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books. This […]

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