So Many Stories: 2023

So Many Stories 2023

Conversations with Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi

Join Christchurch City Libraries on the first Friday of each month at 9am on Plains FM and discover what our libraries are all about – connecting people, inspiring discovery, and enriching communities. Each show features stories from people who work in libraries, and the members of our community we engage with every day.

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Episode 23 - December 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 1 December 9am, and aired again on Sunday 3 December 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM.

Here is what you will hear in this Looking Back, Looking Forward episode:

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Commonweath Games in Christchurch next year and we have Learning Specialist Linda Dawson speaking with Mene Mene, who was a decathlete in the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

5MB, 5 minutes


Kaitakawaenga Maatakiwi Wakefield, Pasifika Community Liaison Nora Taylor, Poukohikohinga Maori Collection Specialists Ngapiu Tainui-Maclure and Julia Keogh-Cope and Kaitakawaenga Justice  Arahanga-Pryor look back at 2023 kaupapa and forward into 2024.

6MB, 8 minutes 18 seconds


Learning Specialist Amy Chiles talks with colleague Liam about an exciting exhibition which has turned young people’s art into something 3 dimensional using creative technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting.

4MB, 3 minutes 23 seconds


Community Outreach Librarian Wendy Blair invites you along to some of our events and programmes this month.

3MB, 2 minutes 52 seconds


Community Librarian Jamie Stevenson and Digital Library Web Team Leader Donna Robertson talk about their “bests” of the year and the most popular reads from 2023!

3MB, 3 minutes 55 seconds

Photos: Mene Mene at left, Donna at right

Episode 23

Best of 2023

What reads, watches & listens have you enjoyed this year? Find out what staff and customers loved in 2023 - have your say!

Most Popular 2023

Find out what was popular this year - fiction, non-fiction, books for tamariki and rangatahi, and more!

Best of 2023 for Kids and Teens

Our selectors choose the best new titles for tamariki and rangatahi for 2023. Find books that excite, enthuse, enthral and inform.

Best Aotearoa Book Cover of 2023 - Dream girl by Joy Holley

Hear from the Dream Team behind the cover of my favourite New Zealand book cover of 2023.

Best book covers of 2023 - My pick of Aotearoa’s finest

Each year I handpick my favourite New Zealand book covers. Have a look at the winner, the top 10, and plenty of stylish books.

Summertime Reading

Discover summertime reads and events. Get ready for a summer filled with stories, adventures, and endless imagination!

What's on

Find out what's happening in libraries. Brochures are in libraries, or check online.

Xth British Commonwealth Games 1974

The 1974 Commonwealth Games were known as the Friendly Games. They took place in Christchurch from 24 January to 2 February 1974.

Episode 22 - November 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 3 November 9am, and will air again on Sunday 5 November 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM.

Here is what you will hear in this episode:

Library assistant Jamie Stevenson chats with writer and NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison Judy L Mohr and author Gillian St. Kevern about the joys of writing together, the NaNoWriMo challenge, and how to get involved.

4MB, 5 minutes 8 seconds


Kaitakawaenga Maatakiwi Wakefield is with Library Assistant Rema Gopalakrishnan and Alka Srinivasan talking about Diwali celebrations this November.

Maatakiwi also remembers Parihaka with Pou Kohikohinga Māori Specialist Julia Keogh-Cope and Readers Advisory Librarian Mike Moroney.

Pasifika Librarian Mel Veu tells us about some beautiful new books in our Pasifika collection.

12MB, 14 minutes 30 seconds


So Many Stories host Sionainn Byrnes tells us about Top of the Pods, a podcasting competition for Christchurch school students.

3MB, 3 minutes 11 seconds

Episode 22

Celebrate Diwali 2023

Rema runs through how libraries are celebrating Diwali in November including cultural performances and family crafts.

Get inspired - Written in NaNoWriMo

The manuscripts for these books were written as part of past NaNoWriMos (National Novel Writing Month).

Come Write In for NaNoWriMo!

Write your own novel at the library in November! We'll have spaces set aside for writing at selected libraries.

Top of the Pods podcasting competition for Years 5 to 10

Are you an aspiring podcaster? Are you curious about what it takes to produce a podcast? The Top of the Pods competition is for you!

Parihaka

There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.

Pasifika

Resources focusing on Pacific knowledge, heritage & identity, and supporting the learning and retention of Pacific languages and culture.

Diwali

Diwali, a Hindu festival, is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

Episode 21 - October 2023

This episode will be broadcast on Friday 6 October 9am, and will air again on Sunday 8 October 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM.

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Here is what you will hear in this episode:

Digital Curation Librarian Sarah Snelling discusses the Christchurch Photo Hunt 2023

2MB, 1 minute 44 seconds


Library Assistant Jamie Stevenson, Team Leader Rosemary Nicholls, and Library Assistant Christine Wehrmeier celebrate Tūranga Central Library’s 5th birthday (Tūranga turns 5 on 12 October 2023)

5MB, 5 minutes 10 seconds

Long version 16MB, 19 minutes 47 seconds


Social Scientist and Women in Polar Science Senior Project Coordinator Andrea Herbert promotes the Awesome Antarctica Polar Women exhibition

2MB, 3 minutes 8 seconds


Kaitakawaenga Maatakiwi Wakefield and the Māori and Multicultural Services team commemorate Te Pūtake o te Riri | The New Zealand Wars. Pasifika Community Liaison Nora Taylor talks about the upcoming Pasifika Language Weeks.

7MB, 7 minutes 55 seconds


We share a Seven Sharp segment on the Christchurch City Libraries Everyday Heroes Storytimes programme

3MB, 3 minutes 53 seconds


Christine and Rosemary at Tūranga

Episode 21

Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week

Mālo ni. Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau - Tokelau Language Week is on from Sunday 22 to Saturday 28 October 2023.

Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week

Ni sa bula kece sara. Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week is on from Sunday 8 to Saturday 14 October 2023.

Awesome Antarctica Days of Ice: Mon 2 October-Sun 8 October

Join us for Days of Ice at Tūranga to celebrate the opening of the Antarctic science season with activities, speakers, films and events.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2023

Share your photos and stories in our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt. Entries close 31 October.

Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week

Talofa koutou. Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week is on from Sunday 1 to Saturday 7 October 2023.

Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara 28 October

28 October marks the national commemoration of Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (The New Zealand Wars).

Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi tapu he vagahau - Niue Language Week is on from Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 October 2023.

Episode 20 - September 2023

This episode will be broadcast on Friday 1 September 9am, and will air again on Sunday 3 September 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM.

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Here is what you will hear in our "Feeling Fresh for Spring" episode:

Kaitakawaenga Maatakiwi Wakefield and Justice-Manawanui Arahanga-Pryor chat Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)


Interview with Maatakiwi and Justice, 9MB, 9 minutes 25 seconds


Pasifika Community Liaison Nora Taylor introduces Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan Language Week)


Interview with Nora, 1MB, 1 minute 21 seconds


Multicultural Liaison Coordinator Amber Li and Library Assistant Pangwei look forward to New Zealand Chinese Language Week


Interview with Amber and Pangwei 3.5MB, 3 minutes 45 seconds


Phrases, 754KB, 48 seconds


Community Librarian Wendy Blair sits down with Ako Aotearoa Sector Services Manager Jennifer Leahy to discuss The Festival of Adult Learning | Ahurei Ākonga


Interview with Wendy and Jennifer, 3MB, 3 minutes 18 seconds


Library Assistant Jamie Stevenson and Trees for Canterbury Manager Steve Bush mark the return of The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap


Interview with Jamie and Steve, 4MB, 4 minutes 54 seconds


Step Ahead Trust Project Connect Manager Bryan Gilchrist talks about his members’ experiences at Christchurch City Libraries ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week


Interview with Bryan, 4MB, 3 minutes 35 seconds


Poppia talks about sustainability events happening in September.


Interview with Poppia, 2MB, 2 minutes 45 seconds

Steve Bush

Episode 20

Sustainable living

Find out about sustainable living events, activities and resources.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week

Nĭ hăo! New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2023 is on from 17 September to 23 September. Find out what's on.

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Explore resources to help you strengthen your reo during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week.

Mental Health

Explore mental health resources available from your library & community. Find out What's on for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Tonga Language Week

Mālō e lelei. Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is on from Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 September 2023.

Tonga Language Week craft: Kiekie

Mālō e Lelei. Enjoy this Tonga Language Week Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga craft from Tiresa.

Tongan general resources

A selection of Tongan resources that cover language, culture and protocols. The list is for the whole family to enjoy.

Sustainable September

The Great Stash Swap @ Aranui Library

Mar 2nd | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Bring along your unwanted fabric, haberdashery, buttons, wool, lace, trims, paints, brushes, zips etc then choose what you want to take away

Linwood Library Garden Club, part of a series

Come and join us for an informal get-together with other gardening enthusiasts to discuss all things gardening. First Monday of the month.

Speaker Series @ Tūranga | Professor Jon Hickford

Mar 14th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Professor Jon Hickford from Lincoln University will talk about the challenges we face in reducing our greenhouse gas footprint.

Urban explorations - Ōtākaro Orchard FULLY BOOKED

Mar 17th | 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Join Roz Rolls from Edible Canterbury on a tour of the Ōtākaro Orchard. The walk starts and ends at Tūranga. Free but bookings required.

Episode 19 - August 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 4 August 9am, and will air again on Sunday 6 August 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM.

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Here is what you will hear:

WORD Christchurch Programme Lead Kiran Dass chats about the WORD Christchurch Festival 2023, which runs from Wednesday 23 August to Sunday 27 August.

Interview with Kiran Dass, 6MB, 7 minutes 8 seconds

Christchurch City Libraries Reading Advisor Mike Moroney (aka the Unlikely Librarian) and Youth Librarians Bridie Anderson and Alice McLay talk WORD collaborations, including AI Versus Librarians, the Book Witch, and more.

Interview with Mike, 2MB, 2 minutes 27 seconds

Interview with Bridie and Alice, 5MB, 5 minutes 23 seconds

Community Librarian Alicia Harbison-Price sits down with Sarah Lund of Ōtautahi Zinefest, which takes place at the Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna o Waiwhetū on Sunday 27 August. More about zines and Ōtautahi Zinefest.

Interview with Alicia and Sarah, 5MB, 5 minutes 20 seconds

The New Zealand International Film Festival is back this August, and Community Librarian Wendy Blair has all the details plus more on Kanopy and Beamafilm for Christchurch City Libraries members.

Interview with Wendy, 2MB, 2 minutes 11 seconds

Pou Kohikohinga Māori Ngapiu Tainui-Maclure and Julia Keogh-Cope round out the episode with information about the new afterschool programme Huinga Ako and the monthly reading club Te Kāhui Ohua.

Interview with Ngapiu and Julia, 1MB, 1 minute 22 seconds

Episode 19

Interview: Alicia and Sarah on Ōtautahi Zinefest

Librarian Alicia talks to Sarah Lund of Ōtautahi Zinefest. From So Many Stories, August 2023 show. Time: 5 minutes 20 seconds

Interview: Mike on WORD Christchurch 2023 events at Tūranga

An interview with Mike about the WORD Christchurch 2023 Tūranga events. From So Many Stories, August 2023 show. Time: 2 minutes 27 seconds

Interview: Bridie & Alice on Tūranga WORD Chch 2023 events

An interview with librarians Bridie & Alice about WORD Christchurch 2023. From So Many Stories, August 2023 show. Time: 5 minutes 23 seconds

Interview: Kiran Dass Programme Lead on WORD Chch 2023

An interview with Kiran Dass about the WORD Christchurch Festival 2023. From So Many Stories, August 2023 show. Time: 7 minutes 8 seconds

WORD Christchurch Festival 2023

Find out about WORD Christchurch, the writers and books featured in the festival, and read our coverage of WORD events and sessions.

No risk, no reward: Top ten picks of WORD Christchurch 2023

Moata attends the launch of WORD Christchurch 2023 and chooses her top ten picks of the festival (plus some more because 10 isn't very many)

Zines

There are small pop up collections of zines at Shirley and Upper Riccarton libraries, as well as the main collection at Tūranga.

Te Kāhui Ohua, part of a series

Te Kāhui Ohua is a casual, monthly reading group at Tūranga that celebrates the Ngā Pounamu Māori collection. All welcome!

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

Screens a range of films over a two week period. In 2023 the Christchurch leg of the festival will run from 10 to 27 August.

Episode 18 - July 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 7 July 9am, and will air again on Sunday 9 July 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 18:

Queenie and Georgia and Megan

Episode 18

Join us for school holiday fun and learning

We have bookable programmes & free activities on in libraries in the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week

Kam na bane ni mauri. Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week is on from Sunday 9 to Saturday 15 July 2023.

Creativebug

Unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft video classes.

Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language week is on from Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 August 2023.

Episode 17 - June 2023

This episode will be broadcast on Friday 2 June 9am, and aired again on Sunday 4 June 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 17 - it's a Matariki episode:
Maatakiwi Wakefield, Julia Keogh-Cope, Ngapiu Tainui-Maclure, Justice-Manawanui Arahanga-Pryor, and Nora Taylor of the Christchurch City Libraries Māori and Multicultural Services team talk all things Matariki. Also featuring Multicultural Liaison Coordinator Amber Li and Library Liaison – Youth Lara Moses.

Matariki kai with the Māori and Multicultural Services team
Dr Rangi Matamua

Matariki

Matariki: Māori New Year

Stars of the Matariki cluster set on 13 Haratua / May, and rise 10 to 13 Takuru / July. Celebrate Matariki with Christchurch City Libraries.

Matariki lighting at Avebury House: Picturing Canterbury

Avebury House and grounds lit up as part of Matariki in the Zone celebrations, 23 June 2019. An image from Canterbury Stories.

Discover Canterbury: Matariki and Tīrama Mai

Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori New Year according to the lunar calendar.

Episode 16 - May 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 5 May 9am, and aired again on Sunday 7 May 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

Read the transcript of this month's show [81KB PDF]

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Kiri and Lou at the Library exhibition
Jai Bartlett
DJ Danny-ill

Here's what you will hear in Episode 16:

  • Library Learning Specialist Hayley Young talks about her work supporting exhibitions and specifically the upcoming Kiri and Lou exhibition.
  • Julie Fraser (Director) from Sign Equity tells us about the sign language courses she runs at libraries.
  • Library Assistant Wendy Blair speaks with Brooke Agnew (Trust Manager) and Alice Moore (Community Worker) from Kāwai Rangatahi about their work in the community and with Linwood Library.
  • Jai Bartlett – Artist name Bhai Jartlett, shares how he discovered the media studio and AV specialists who helped him learn how to mix, record sounds and turn his initial ideas into an album expressing identity and fusing cultures through music.
  • Daniel Mataki Jnr, Youth Worker at Youth Cultural Development and DJ Danny-ill, shares his experience of accessing library resources and collaboration on running hip hop events and workshops in libraries, including the upcoming DJ Showcase and Workshop during Youth Week.

Youth Week events

Youth Week: 15 to 21 May
Teen Clothes Swap at South Library: Saturday 13 May 12noon to 3pm
Youth Week: VR Graffiti T-Shirt at New Brighton Library: Wednesday 17 May 3.30pm to 5pm

NZ Music Month events

DJ Showcase and Workshop at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre: Friday 19 May 4pm to 6pm
NZ Music Month @ Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Get creative and utilise our music equipment

Thursday Takeover at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre and Tūranga
Auahatanga - Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre Creative Time
Open Studio - Youth focused at Tūranga

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NZ Music Month

It's NZ Music Month. Find out more about this month-long celebration, and explore our music resources.

Open Studio - YA (ages 13 to 17), part of a series

This is an open drop-in session where rangatahi can come to learn more about audio & video production in our studio.

New Zealand Sign Language

Find out more about New Zealand sign language and browse NZSL resources. NZ Sign Language Week is from 8 to 14 May 2023.

Thursday takeover

Thursdays, 3.30 to 4.30pm
Make the Youth Space your space on Thursday afternoons. Drop-in, for ages 12-18.

Episode 15 - April 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 7 April 9am, and aired again on Sunday 9 April 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 15:

  • Family History Librarian Katherine Moody talks Anzac themed events across the network, including Voices of Gallipoli and Find Your New Zealand Ancestor’s Military Record.
  • Library Archivist Amy Ryan talks about the importance of preserving the personal accounts of people who have lived in Christchurch and Canterbury for the future. How personal records allow us to know more about a person’s life beyond a name or an image. Find out how you can also find and view our collection through ArchivesSpace, the Research Room and our website contact page. For example, see the diaries of Lucy Jane Augusta Hogg (pictured below - the 1903 diary contains an Australian shipboard menu).
  • We feature a an excerpt from our full interview with Janneth Gil about the Raising Sakinah Exhibition, the stories of grief, resilience and hope the art work embodies, and the invitation for everyone to come and experience this opportunity for unity.
  • Redwood Associate Team Leader Andrea Lord chats with Public Health Nurse Kirsten Lambie about the Everyday Heroes Storytimes pilot, a programme that is now to roll out across the network.
  • Public Programmes Coordinator Bronwyn Shanks is back with events to watch out for this school holiday season.

Competition

Library Archivist Amy Ryan mentioned a Christmas Dinner Menu from 1914. Where was this dinner held? Email your answer and any feedback or ideas for the show to library@ccc.govt.nz. Be in to win a one-on-one session with us to design your own t-shirt at South Auahatanga - Creative Space!

 

Redwood Associate Team Leader Andrea Lord chats with Public Health Nurse Kirsten Lambie.
Library Archivists Amy Ryan and Rosemary O’Neil pictured in Wāhi Rangahau, the Research Room in front of the Aotearoa New Zealand Reference Collection.
The diaries of Lucy Jane Augusta Hogg, The Pictured 1903 diary contains an Australian shipboard menu https://archives.canterburystories.nz/repositories/3/resources/59

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Join us for school holiday fun and learning

We have bookable programmes & free activities on in libraries in the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Anzac Day - Tuesday 25 April 2023

Find out what's on this Anzac Day, and explore our Anzac resources.

Searching for soldiers: Anzac events

Whether it's searching for the military records of a soldier in your family, or remembering the cost of war - learn about our Anzac events.

Episode 14 - March 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 3 March 9am, and aired again on Sunday 5 March 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 14. This month’s episode is all about the diverse people of Ōtautahi | Christchurch and the Christchurch City Libraries network.

International Women's Day: Wednesday 8 March

We talk to Digital Curation Librarian Sarah Snelling ahead of International Women’s Day.
Trustee Sarah Mankelow chats about the Humans of Christchurch | Ōtautahi exhibition, and ‘human’ Sophie Estob Gradwell shares her story.

Christchurch Pride: Friday 10 March to Sunday 19 March

Lara Moses, Library Liaison – Youth and Youth Librarian Alice McLay share how Christchurch City Libraries will be celebrating diversity and providing a safe space for tamariki, rangatahi and LGBTQIA+ allies during Christchurch Pride and beyond. Everything from magnificent Queens telling stories, to book lists and information on local organisations you can access at your local library.

Ukrainian Association of New Zealand – South: Saturday 11 March

Michael Lidski shares a little about the local Ukrainian community and invites us to join this fundraising event at Tūranga on Saturday 11 March.

Nowruz: Sunday 12 March to Sunday 26 March

Hero Modares of the Kia Ora Academy introduces us to Nowruz or Persian New Year. Celebrate Nowruz with us on Saturday 25 March 2pm to 4pm at Tūranga. There is also an Iranian exhibition on from Sunday 12 March to Sunday 26 March.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Monday 13 March to Sunday 19 March

Dr Annick Janson spoke to us from her home in Raglan about her personal and professional experience of the challenges and beautiful opportunities that neurodiversity can bring for whānau. Yaniv Janson’s discovery of art, his exhibition and development of his fully booked Colour me happy workshop based on the PERMA theory of wellbeing. Finally Annick invites you to join her for the Positive Parenting workshop bring together her personal experience and professional knowledge on parenting with neurodiverse whānau.

Visit our page on Neurodiversity Celebration Week.

Lara and Alice

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Neurodiversity

Find information about library events for Neurodiversity Celebration Week and resources on ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and more.

Ukraine - One year on from invasion

Today - 24 February 2023 - marks one year since the Russia invaded Ukraine. We recommend some reading about the invasion.

International Women's Day 8 March

This global day connects women around the world and aims to inspire them to achieve their full potential.

LGBTQIA+ reading guide

Read the rainbow with fiction, biographies, and graphic novels.

Christchurch Pride: 15 to 31 March 2024

Christchurch Pride events for rangatahi - teens include book clubs, and making zines and badges.

Humans of Christchurch Ōtautahi Exhibition (until 12 March)

A collection of stories & photos celebrating everyday heroes will be on display at Tūranga’s Te Pito Huarewa Southbase Gallery this summer.

LGBTQIA+ stories and resources at the library

We help you find LGBTQIA+ books and resources in our collection.

New Year

The tradition of celebrating the New Year as a new beginning goes back to the earliest societies. For many of us, 1 January is New Year.

Episode 13 - February 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 3 February 9am, and aired again on Sunday 5 February 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 13:

  • Listen to a short segment about Waitangi Day by Maatakiwi.
  • Ngapiu talks about Māori Services and the Pou Kohikohinga Māori role.
  • We hear from Andrew who is part of the Otago Museum team bringing the interactive Tūhura Tuarangi - Aotearoa in Space exhibition to Tūranga.
  • The start of February marks the end our Summertime Reading Challenge competition so Bronwyn explains what happens now and when our lucky winners will be contacted.
  • Margot and her Fendalton Library colleague Ray have a long relationship with the annual Culture Galore event at Ray Blank Park. We hear about how library is involved on the day, children’s books collection in Italian, Danish and Portuguese alongside Korean and Chinese items held at Fendalton Library that are part of the library network World Languages collection.
  • A highlight of summer has been our partnership with Orana Park bringing our library van into the zoo and presenting special Storytime sessions at various animal exhibits including the gorillas and Spider Monkeys! We hear from park representative Khloe Peck about working at a zoo and some of the important conversation work they are involved in.
  • To mark the restart of Wā Pepi Babytimes and Wā Kōrero Storytimes around the network we hear from experienced Fendalton Library presenter Margot White about what these regular programmes include and why your whānau are welcome to join. If you would like to bring the whole whānau down to relax and enjoy stories and craft, Margot has her special Bedtime Stories in the evening on the first Friday of the month, with the 3rd of February being a special Lunar New Year session.
  • Robyn tells why her whānau are big fans of their local Storytimes sessions at Hornby Library.

Margot at FendaltonKy at Orana Park Khloe at Orana ParkRobyn reads

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi

An agreement made between Māori and the British Crown in 1840, it is New Zealand’s founding document. Read our backgrounder to the Treaty.

Waitangi Day in Christchurch & Canterbury - Mon 6 Feb 2023

Find out about Waitangi Day celebrations to enjoy in Ōtautahi and further afield. All libraries are closed Monday 6 February 2023.

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes

Wā Pēpi: Babytimes - enjoy stories and rhymes for babies and under 2s at home.

Wā Kōrero: Storytimes

Enjoy Wā Kōrero: Storytimes at your library!

World Languages Collection

Including Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Rarotongan and more...

Episode 12 - January 2023

This episode was broadcast on Friday 6 January 9am, and aired again on Sunday 8 January 3.30pm.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 12:

  • Children and Young Adults Service Specialist Ky McWilliam speaks to Jessica Urlichs, a poet and author from Aotearoa. They talk about Jess's picture book The Rainbow in My Heart, her writing process and how the book can be used to help children learn about their emotions.
  • Electronic Resource Librarian Simone Entwisle tells us about how you can enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks anywhere you are over the summer including the very popular and guiltiest of pleasures; the romance novel.

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Read a hot romance eBook this summer

If you have never read a romance novel, try one if you read an ebook no one will ever know.

Best eBooks for Adults 2022

A selection of award winners, bestsellers and well reviewed books from 2022.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas: eBooks

Christmas stories & romantic reads with a dash of snowy Christmas mysteries, a sprinkling of craft and gift making, plus some recipes.

Historical fiction - eBooks and eAudiobooks

A collection of historical novels available through Libby and OverDrive.

Romance - eBooks & eAudiobooks

Would you like to be distracted with thoughts of romance? Here are a few romantic e-reads that might tickle your fancy.

Romance fiction reading guide

Like your Romance fiction modern or historical, rural or fantastical, restrained or raunchy? Our guide can help you find 'The One'.

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