Hillmorton Network News

Hillmorton Network News is a collaborative project between Christchurch City Libraries, Hillmorton High School and Spreydon & Heathcote Community. It's aim is to  inspire and engage students and celebrate student, school and Community success via a TV broadcast to a wider audience. We want to promote their 'Proud' moments via our website, YouTube and school…
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Minecraft Library

Lydia from the New Brighton Library minecraft club has built this amazing Minecraft Library. Check out the video below. As we move toward building more "actual" Libraries in the city, ideas about what customers would like to see in them are really valuable. If you are a minecraft user and think you can build an…
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3.D. Printing at the Library

In the last round of holiday programmes we ran our very first course that involved using a 3.D. printer to print out work that the students produced in a variety of ways. Trimble SketchUp was used to build a 3.D. Keyring and we also used "Tinkercad" as well as a Minecraft server called "Printcraft" to…
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The art of slimming

Are you in a wintry rut? Sitting in your little corner: fat, demotivated and glum. If you’ve given exercise its chance, and it’s too cold to diet, try Art. That is correct, Art can make you slim. Here’s how: Ease into this gently. First establish Art as a pleasurable activity. What makes you happy? Food. There is…
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Fickle Fiction

Happy Birthday, Iris Murdoch! She was pretty much up there with Doris Lessing for a while and was worthy of being played by Dame Judi Dench in the biopic about her tragic battle with Alzheimer’s. But then Lessing won the Nobel Prize and it seems Murdoch has gone out of fashion and few people read her now…
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Neverbored

I have a friend who says that she hasn't a creative bone in her body. Secretly I doubt that because I simply can't imagine being uncreative. I, on the other hand, have tried making so many different things (with varied success I'll admit) that its actually difficult to remember them all: sewing (contemporary, furnishings and…
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Recent necrology, June 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently Gerard Benson, 1931-2014 Poet who brought Hardy and Milton, Auden and Yeats to the London Underground Patsy Byrne, 1933-2014 Actress with the RSC who later played the dim-witted Nursie in Blackadder Felix Dennis, 1947-2014 Hedonistic publisher behind Oz and The Week who dreamed of being a great poet…
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Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

If you indulge in the odd spot of social networking on Facebook, you may have seen the lashings of “likes” for a post with the cheeky Polish saying: Not my circus. Not my monkeys. First I smiled. Then I panicked. What if my plumber, dentist, bank manager, underwear sales assistant, even (though this would never happen!) my library…
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