Knights and Princesses Day

Knights and princesses

Hear ye, hear ye! The populace of Central Library Peterborough invite one and all for an afternoon of medieval entertainment, to take place from 1-3pm on Saturday the 25th of March. There will be crown decorating for those of royal blood, and shield making for any knights in need of armour. Catapults will be created […]

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Boss Baby – based on a book

Boss Baby

Before Boss Baby the movie there was ... Boss Baby the book! The film Boss Baby (2017) is loosely based on the 2010 book by author and illustrator Marla Frazee. Many a parent has thought that their little ones seem to rule the roost ... sometimes they are downright tyrannical with a temper tantrum or […]

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Murray Ball finds a Slice of Heaven

Murray Ball

It is with great sadness that I write a tribute to one of New Zealand's best cartoonists. Murray Ball (26 January 1939 – 12 March 2017) was from my home town, Feilding. Stanway I'm pretty sure, or at least Halcombe. Proud as punch they are - because he also made the All Blacks. Murray Ball was […]

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Science Alive Under 5 Fest – Hands-on science fun for kids

Under 5 fest

Science Alive's annual Under 5 Fest gives kids under the age of 5 (and their parents and caregivers and educators) a heap of hands-on science fun. It's on from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm at Table Tennis Canterbury stadium, 294 Blenheim Road Riccarton.  Library staff will be there from 11am to 12pm […]

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Cool stuff from the selectors: Children’s books

Bored children

Egg This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, […]

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My library – Rachael King

Writer and Literary Director of WORD Christchurch Rachael King talks to librarian Donna Robertson in the third issue of our magazine uncover - huraina. What’s your earliest library memory? When I was 12 I was sent from my home in Auckland to Hastings to board with my mother’s friends and go to school there. I […]

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The Gig Guide: March 2017


Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue? Comedy Fawlty Towers live 21 February - 4 March Kids Peppa Pig: Muddy puddles live! 3-4 March Music Steve and Ainsley Apirana 1 March Alison Wonderland 2 March Dictaphone Blues […]

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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. For more great reads for kids, check out our Kids' Books and Reading page – it […]

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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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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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