Firstly, some important Easter essentials:
- Library Easter hours: All libraries are closed on Good Friday 30 March and Easter Monday 2 April, but open as normal on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. The only exception is Linwood Library, which isn't open on Easter Sunday. Also note there is a scheduled outage on Easter Monday 2 April from 5am to approximately 12pm that will affect your access to the catalogue and eResources.
Fall back! Daylight saving ends when clocks go back by 1 hour at 3am on Sunday 1 April.
- Rubbish collection: If your regular collection day is Good Friday 30 March, your collection day will now be Saturday 31 March. Kerbside collection continues as normal on Easter Monday.
Metroinfo Bus services: On Public Holidays bus and ferry services run to weekend timetables:
- Thursday 29 March runs to the Friday timetable
- Good Friday 30 March runs to the Sunday timetable
- Easter Sunday 1 April runs to the Sunday timetable
- Easter Monday 2 April runs to the Saturday timetable
More info in: Rubbish collection and Easter opening hours Newsline
Check out how the public holidays over Easter will affect your rubbish collection dates and find the opening hours for pools, libraries, fitness centres and other Christchurch City Council facilities.
And here is what our librarians are reading/watching/doing/listening to this Easter - it's a veritable Easter Parade!
I have always wanted to slip Gregorian Chants into a blog. Naxos has 2 playlists for Easter:
Theme song for your Easter Parade:
Philip Reeves – Mortal Engines Series
A few days off is an ideal opportunity to revisit a series – I picked this one because I just discovered the teaser trailer for the film adaptation they’re making! A futuristic dystopia of mechanical cities chasing each other across the wastelands…I loved it when I was 13 and I hope I’ll still love it now.
Snuggle and Play Crochet Carolina Guzman Benitez
Maybe a long weekend will mean I finally get around to finishing the adorable monkey I’ve been crocheting from this book…
My pick is, Milk of the Tree, An Anthology of Female Vocal Folk and Singer-songwriters 1966-73
Easter seems the perfect time to dig into this mammoth 60 song set. An interesting mix of American and British artists with a whole heap of interesting rarities and a few classics. The detailed notes are also well worth a read.
I’m doing the following over Easter:
- Making hot cross buns
- Reading: Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles (more winter than Christmas… I hate the cold, but this book makes me feel like winter will be ok)
- Reading: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
- Watching: The History of Britain
- Eating: Easter Cupcakes
- Housework – listening to sweet cleaning jams such as this Dinah Washington album (Can’t beat vintage jazz)
- Watching: Get out (fab movie, totally recommend)
- Going to Church
Ferrymead Park is having a Great Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 1 April.
The Canterbury Folk Festival is on for those wanting to head out of town – 30 March to 2 April
I’m looking forward to a rainy few days where I can get through a few new YA books.
- Projekt 1065 – With so many great YA books out there dealing with WWII (check out Max for a hard-hitting book about Hitler’s quest to create a master Aryan race), I’m looking forward to reading this one about a 13-year-old British spy in Berlin in 1943.
- I am not your perfect Mexican daughter – I learnt a lot reading Sherman Alexei’s The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, I’m interested to find out more about the Mexican culture with this book.
- Piecing me together – Born from the #blacklivesmatter movement, books like The Hate You Give and Dear Martin deal with the issue of race in current-day United States. To counter ‘white privilege’, schools offer programmes to their ‘at risk’ students, and this book is about what happens when those ‘at risk’ students just want to be one of the crowd. I’m looking forward to it.
Ali Smith: Winter
Long awaited second novel in the Seasonal quartet - about the season that teaches us survival, inspired by Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
I have the super popular bestseller The woman in the window by A.J. Finn at home, and want to spend some time losing myself in a psycho thriller (qu'est-ce que c'est).
See also my booklist of recently published children's books about Easter, eggs and bunnies.