Friends of the Christchurch City Libraries support the libraries with advocacy and fund raising. Over the years their efforts have seen a range of useful things added to libraries such as digital cameras, iPods, wheelchairs and special book trolleys.
Read the May 2019 newsletter.
How to join
Complete the membership form, include payment and post back to
Friends of the Christchurch City Libraries Inc,
C/- 16 Venerable Terrace,
Please note: If you wish to attend the Library Book sale preview, then all new and existing subscriptions must be paid by 28 February each year.
$10 unwaged; $15 waged; and $20 family (Two adults and any number of children under the age of 18 years living at the same address)
Rewards for being a Friend of the Christchurch City Libraries:
- The good feeling that comes from knowing you are helping to spread the joy of reading and the love of books
- An opportunity to buy at library booksale previews
- Regular lunchtime speakers with popular introductions to a range of subjects or book talks by local authors
- A regular newsletter with information of coming events, library services, book notes and other interesting material.
Friends of the Library Booktalks
Emma Stevens - Tuesday 14 May 12.30pm at Papanui Library
Emma Stevens will talk about living in the wilderness of Alaska, the setting for three books of memoir - Walking on Ice, Nesting on the Nushagak and Dancing on the Tundra.
Rosie Belton - Saturday 8 June 2pm at Tūranga
Rosie Belton is a Christchurch-based writer, drama teacher, director and producer, and businesswoman. Her most recent book is Living with earthquakes and their aftermath.
David Welch - Tuesday 9 July 12.30pm at Papanui Library
Author David Welch shares the story of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel – the largest single engineering project of colonial New Zealand. Drawing upon research made for the book Port to Plains, David will outline the political history, describe the early technologies and share some of the many human stories behind the construction of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel. The talk is accompanied by projected images.
Colin Averill - Tuesday 13 August 12.30pm at Fendalton Library
Colin will talk about writing a biography of his father Leslie Averill, his reason for undertaking it, the challenge it presented, the research which was undertaken, and the satisfaction the exercise has given him. The book is called The life of Leslie Averill MD, and includes the story of his involvement in WW1, notably at Le Quesnoy, and his later medical career in NZ.
Margaret Long - Tuesday 10 September 12.30pm at Fendalton Library
Margaret will speak about her garden and its development, her development as a gardener, and some of her garden travels.
Janet Wainscott - Tuesday 8 October 12.30pm at Fendalton Library
Janet Wainscott Is a Lincoln-based writer who now writes mainly poetry and essays. In 2013 she published a book called What Are You Doing Here: A conversation with dementia about her mother’s experience of dementia. In this talk she will explore the challenges of writing about dementia and the types of writing available on the topic.
About Friends of the Library
Friends of the Christchurch City Libraries value, support and promote Christchurch City Libraries.
Christchurch City Libraries enhance and strengthen the knowledge bases available for all Christchurch citizens.