So Many Stories

So Many Stories

Conversations with Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi

Join Christchurch City Libraries on the first Friday of each month at 9am on PlainsFM 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. We also bring you a peek between the pages of interesting pukapuka.

2023 shows:

6 January; 3 February; 3 March; 7 April; 5 May; 2 June; 7 July; 4 August; 1 September; 6 October; 3 November; 1 December

 

Episode 11 - December 2022

This episode was broadcast on Friday 2 December 9am, and will air again on Sunday 4 December at 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 11:

  • Sarah Cameron (Public Programmes Coordinator) and Susan Osteen (Children’s Librarian) tell us how our Summertime Reading Challenge helps tamariki avoid the slump in reading and literacy levels over summer by encouraging reading for pleasure in a fun and rewarding way.
  • We needed to hear from tamariki about what they are reading so we hear from library regular Zahra Toumi on her latest reads and Library Assistant Jon Truesdale chats with budding broadcasters Jimmy Cribb, Theo Garing, and Macklin Keatley.
  • Co-chair of the local English teachers collective Waitaha English Laura Borrowdale  attended at a recent zine making workshop held in Tūranga Central Library and for secondary school English teachers in Waitaha, Canterbury.
  • Professional Learning and Development Advisor Alice Cameron gives and glimpse of how Christchurch City Libraries staff are supported in professional development to provide quality services and access to resources for all library users.

So Many Stories 11

Best Books of 2022 for Kids & Teens

Our selectors pick the best reads of the year for tamariki and rangatahi.

What's on: December 2022, January and February 2023

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

Summertime Reading Challenge

Kids and Teens - ages 0 to 18 - tell us about your summer reads in three words and be in to win!

Zines!

Resources to help you learn more about zines and zinemaking, and ways you can get started on making your own.

Episode 10 - November 2022

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

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 10:

Katie Brazil, Team Leader for Outreach and Learning provides an overview of how we provide services to a wide range of community groups and individuals as well as programming such as Shared Reading.

Library Assistant Toni Campion-Cusack talks to Marionette and Monique from Kilmarnock Enterprises about the Library van service and how the library supports their team.

Tokona te kaika, Homelink customer Joan Rendall shares her love of reading and how the Outreach library van and our new Tokona te kaika services allows her to continue to read despite limited mobility.

Teacher Nicki and two tamariki, Marley (4) and Nate (3) from Sydenham Community Preschool talk about their experience of our Pre-School Outreach Delivery Specialist Susan Dodd.

Jono from Housing First along with Dave and Michelle talk about the safe community gathering place The Commons has become each Wednesday where kai, music and art is shared. World Homeless Day Photovoice Exhibition.

Lis Rate-Smith from Drug Arm Art East tells us about the Recovery Garden exhibition coming to Turanga on the 18th of November. The therapeutic potential of art and how libraries have provided opportunities to discover new mediums and technology that inspire further creativity.

Ngapiu Tainui-Maclure (Pou Kohikohinga Māori) shares how her and her team provide iwi research guidance in groups and one to one.

Mataakiwi Wakefield (Kaitakawaenga) shares the significance of November 5th and Parihaka.

So Many Stories 10

Parihaka

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

How we can help you: Use the library from home

If you have a condition that affects your ability to visit the library, we can help: Concession Membership, Agreed Support & Tokona te Kaika

Rangahau-ā-Iwi: Taranaki

Dec 13th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Interested in Iwi history and research? Come along to our Iwi Research event where the focus will be Taranaki Tūturu.

Shared Reading at Linwood Library 10am to 11am

Mondays every week from 1 August
Join our reading group. Shared reading is an opportunity to listen to a poem or short story as a group then break it down & discuss it.

Episode 9 - October 2022

This episode was broadcast on Friday 7 October 9am, and will air again on Sunday 9 October at 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 9. We focus on topics related to heritage and history and celebrate International Day of Older Persons (October 1):

  • Lyn Gifford (Librarian – Family History) chats with Poppia Marriott (Library Assistant) about Christchurch Heritage Festival
  • Sarah Tester (Community Stories Liaison) and Maeve Platts (Resource Description and Access Librarian) talk Photo Hunt and Canterbury Stories
  • Toni Campion-Cusack (Library Assistant) describes her work with rest homes and care centres
  • Darral Campbell (CEO Dementia Canterbury) reflects on an almost decade-long partnership between Christchurch City Libraries and Dementia Canterbury
  • and we feature Louisa Vowles’ (Exhibitions Project Manager) address to guests at the opening of the In Search of Ngaio exhibition.

Episode 9

Photo Hunt 2022: Celebrations and Commemorations

Photo Hunt 2022 is back! Share your photographs and highlight the key moments in out city's history.

Photo Hunt 2022: Local tragedies

Photo Hunt 2022 is back! Share your photographs and highlight the key moments in our city's history.

Photo Hunt 2022: Happy Holidays!

Photo Hunt 2022 is back! Share your photographs and highlight the key moments in out city's history.

Christchurch Hip Hop Summit: Sunday 9 to Saturday 15 October

This year the summit will extend across 7 days and locations across the CBD - including Tūranga!

Photo Hunt 2022: Perplexing public proceedings

Photo Hunt 2022 is back! Share your photographs and highlight the key moments in out city's history.

QUIZ: Milestones and Moments - Christchurch Photo Hunt

Test your knowledge about some important milestones that have shaped Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Christchurch Heritage Festival - 7 to 24 October 2022

Explore the interesting and fun local history events, exhibitions, and activities on at the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

Photos Assemble! Christchurch Photo Hunt 2022

Our annual Photo Hunt kicks off on Saturday 1 October. Now's the time to start flicking through your photos and share them.

Chat with a Living Book: Tūranga

Thursday 20 Oct - Have a 15-minute lounge chat with a unique person from our community. Their interests include music, advocacy, & more.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2022

Share your photos and stories in our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt. Entries open 1 October.

In search of Ngaio exhibition: Saturday 27 Aug-Sunday 27 Nov

In search of Ngaio is an exhibition that aims to uncover Dame Ngaio Marsh’s work and life.

Canterbury Stories

Canterbury Stories is our place for collecting and presenting online collections from our digitised archives, photographs and community.

School holidays

School holiday fun and learning. Bookings are open now for our bookable programmes, some are free. You can also drop in for free activities.

Services for older adults

Find out about library services and resources for older adults.

Episode 8 - September 2022

This episode was broadcast on Friday 2 September 9am, and again on Sunday 4 September at 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Here's what you will hear in Episode 8:

  • Justice shares ways you can adopt te reo into your everyday conversations with some handy kupu.
  • Hear about the exciting virtual reality underwater experience being shared with students in an effort to spread the word about conversation and ways to keep our waterways healthy.
  • Cathy from the Richmond Community Garden and our very own library courier driver Steve share their community garden experiences and ways you can participate.
  • Amber will teach us greetings and share information on events happening during New Zealand Chinese Language Week including traditional calligraphy.
  • We will also hear about the wide range of newspapers, magazines and books available in our libraries and electronically via Libby / Overdrive.

Episode 8

New Zealand Chinese Language Week

Nĭ hăo! New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2022 is on from 25 September to 1 October. Find out what's on.

Mental Health

Explore mental health resources available from your library & community. Find out What's on for Mental Health Awareness Week 26 Sept-2 Oct.

Richmond Community Gardens - So Many Stories

So Many Stories team took a tour of the Richmond Community Gardens and spoke with their coordinator, Cathy.

Chinese language eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines

Visit Libby and OverDrive to find eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines in Chinese.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap

Every year in September we host the Great Library Seed and Plant Swap. Come along and bring any seeds or seedlings you'd like to swap.

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.

NZ-VR

NZ-VR is a school outreach programme that uses virtual reality to connect young New Zealanders with the marine environment.

Sustainable living

Find out about sustainable living events, activities and resources.

Episode 7 - August 2022

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

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Here's what you'll hear in Episode 7:

WORD Christchurch Festival and a welcome back to LIVE events!

Nic Low

"What are you really excited about in this year's Festival?"

Moata interviews Nic Low, Programme Director for WORD Christchurch, looking ahead to WORD from 31 August - 4 September.

The Unlikely Librarian

"Aren't we all books bound in human skin?"

Poppia chats with Mike Moroney (aka the Unlikely Librarian), Library Assistant Auahatanga | Creativity tells us about his involvement in some of this year’s WORD events.

Mike's event is Indelible: Tattoo Tales Saturday 3 September 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Ray Shipley

"There's nothing quite like a live performance."

Poppia talks with Ray Shipley, poet, comedian, and former Youth Librarian looking forward to their Late Night Poetry Hour at WORD and National Poetry Day (Friday 26th August). They'll let you in on some picks from recent NZ poetry and fiction. Check out our Poetry page for more.

Ray is appearing in:
Ray Shipley's Late Night Poetry Hour Friday 2 September 9pm to 11pm
The Stardust Cabaret Saturday 3 September 7.30pm to 9pm
Out here: An anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa Friday 2 September 4pm to 5pm
and recommends Mohamed Hassan: How to be (a bad) Muslim Friday 2 September 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Chloe Gong

You'll also hear an excerpt from an interview with Chloe Gong talking about her latest YA novel Foul Lady Fortune with Alice and Alicia from Tūranga. Listen to the full interview.

Episode 7

Poetry

Explore the world of poetry, including poetry from New Zealand, with lyrical library resources.

#LibraryFromHome: National Poetry Day

Aotearoa poetry in your whare for New Zealand's National Poetry Day. Here are poetry eBooks for you to borrow.

Meet Chloe Gong: interview

Alice and Alicia from Tūranga interviewed Chloe Gong about her life and career. Have a listen!

WORD Christchurch Festival 2022

WORD - Ōtautahi's own literary festival - is on from Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September. Explore featured writers & festival info.

Go for launch! WORD Christchurch 2022

Moata makes her picks from this year's WORD Christchurch festival programme. Writers, and storytellers and authors galore!

Margaret Mahy

Find out more about Margaret Mahy, Children’s Librarian at Christchurch City Libraries & one of the world’s most famous children’s authors.

Episode 6 - July 2022

Here's what you'll hear in Episode 6:

  • Maatakiwi talks to local weaver Paula Rigby-Hira about a new woven installation by Ōtautahi Weavers at Linwood Library.
  • Ben Russell head of Music at Te Aratai (formerly Linwood College) tells us how the Library connects with his students and whānau through the annual musical showcase.
  • The success of the Manga and More! hosted by Wendy.
  • How the Recycle a Device initiative for Rangatahi came about and how you can support it.
  • Emilie tells us about The Better Digital Futures programme and how it empowers older adults.
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This episode was broadcast on Friday 1 July 9am, and again on Sunday 3 July at 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Episode 6

Manga meet ups

Shirley and Linwood Libraries
Enjoy all things manga? Come share your favourites, find a new one, or just have a chat! Join our monthly manga events at libraries.

Best Aotearoa Book Cover 2022: Meat Lovers by Rebecca Hawkes

Meat Lovers by Rebecca Hawkes has the best book cover of 2022. Find out more about the creative process of making it from Rebecca.

Episode 5 - June 2022

Here's what you'll hear in Episode 5:

  • Learn about the significance of Matariki how you can learn more and participate in events around the city for all ages.
  • Susie from our Learning Centre team will share how technology will be used to explore the virtual environment and Matariki stars for school students.
  • Ky shares how you can celebrate Christchurch Pride around the library network through books and craft.
  • What’s On in June

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

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Episode 5

Matariki: Māori New Year

Stars of the Matariki cluster set on 23 Haratua / May, and rise 21 to 24 Piripi / June. Celebrate Matariki with Christchurch City Libraries.

Christchurch Pride 2022 - Friday 17 to Saturday 28 June

Library events include Queens telling stories, Pride clothing swap. Rainbow bookclub, and pronoun badge-making.

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

There is amazing technology at Christchurch City Libraries. Find out about each piece of gear, where you can find it, & how you can use it.

What's on: December 2022, January and February 2023

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

Episode 4 - May 2022

Here's what you'll hear in Episode 4:

Patricia and Ben at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Patricia and Ben at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

This episode was broadcast on Friday 6 May 9am, and again on Sunday 8 May at 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Episode 4

Big Bargain Book Sale - Friday 24 & Saturday 25 March 2023

Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
The Big Bargain Book Sale will be held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre.

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

There is amazing technology at Christchurch City Libraries. Find out about each piece of gear, where you can find it, & how you can use it.

Te Ao Hou: A moment in time

Our exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic magazine. This phase presents moments of celebration, future visions & aspirations.

Youth Week - Saturday 7 May to Sunday 15 May 2022

A clothes swap at South, free bookable badge making workshop at Tūranga - find out what's happening for Youth Week.

Friends of the Library

Join the Friends & support the libraries with advocacy & fund raising. You also get to attend a Book Sale preview & cool author talks.

NZ Music Month at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Find out what's happening in NZ Music Month at the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa NZ Music Month 2022 - Ōtautahi

Get your NZ Music Month on! Explore what's on in Ōtautahi and in libraries.

3D Printing

Find out about 3D designing and printing at your library.

Episode 3 - April 2022

Here's what you'll hear in Episode 3:

Julia and Māia in Waruwarutū, the community space which holds the Ngā Pounamu Māori collection (which has a special emphasis on Te Ao Māori). It is located on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga.
Julia and Māia in Waruwarutū, the space in Tūranga which is home to the Ngā Pounamu Māori collection.

This episode was broadcast on Friday 1 April 9am, and again on Sunday 3 April at 1pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Episode 3

Events: Find out what's on at the library

Storytimes, cultural celebrations, tech classes, book groups, exhibitions, author talks, hobbies and crafts, and more.

Ngā Moutere o te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / Pasifika

Pasifika collection brings together titles focusing on Pacific knowledge, heritage and identity, and Pacific languages and culture.

Tuesday Terrors Horror Book Club

Last Tuesday of month, 6.30-7.30pm
Meet and discuss a different sub-genre of horror fiction every month with Mike and Clare.

School holidays

School holiday fun and learning. Bookings are open now for our bookable programmes, some are free. You can also drop in for free activities.

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

There is amazing technology at Christchurch City Libraries. Find out about each piece of gear, where you can find it, & how you can use it.

Focus on Wellbeing Mini-Expo Saturday 2 April 1pm to 4pm

Come to Tūranga, your central Christchurch library, to start a hobby, get fit, eat well or just relax at our Focus on Wellbeing mini-expo.

Book a Librarian - At the Library or At Home

Need help using library resources? Book a librarian for a FREE individual 30 minute session. Get help at the library, or over the phone!

Taupuni Oro/Ataata – Audio/Video Studio: Tūranga

The Audio/Video Studio is a place to shoot and edit video, record and edit sound, and to compose, record, and mix sound recordings.

Episode 2 - March 2022

Here's what you'll hear in Episode 2:

This episode was broadcast on Friday 4 March 9am, and aired again Sunday 6 March at 3.30pm. Listen to So Many Stories on PlainsFM.

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Annie talks to Maatakiwi at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
Annie talks to Maatakiwi at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

Episode 2

What's on: December 2022, January and February 2023

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

Books to celebrate Seaweek

Celebrate Seaweek 2022 (5 to 13 March) with picture books about sea creatures that will teach kids about conservation and sealife.

No more fines!

Feb 01, 2022
Libraries are now fines free. Find out more.

Seaweek 2021: Mermaids and Mermen

The Mermaid of Black Conch won the Costa Book of the year in January. Here are some more wonderful tales of people from the sea.

Seaweek

Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea on this year 5-13 March. Head along to special Seaweek themed storytimes.

Episode 1 - February 2022

Here's what you'll hear in Episode 1:

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

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Radio show
Sionainn, Nameeta, Rachael, and Amber recording audio for the radio show.

Episode 1

What's on: December 2022, January and February 2023

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

The Unlikely Librarian

The Unlikely Librarian - Mike Moroney - meets local creative people for a conversation, and makes book recommendations.

Lunar New Year 2022 - Year of the Tiger

Celebrate Lunar New Year!

Knitting

We have knitting and crocheting books and resources for beginners and experts.

Events: Find out what's on at the library

Storytimes, cultural celebrations, tech classes, book groups, exhibitions, author talks, hobbies and crafts, and more.

Knit 'n' yarn

Various times and locations
Selected libraries
Come along and enjoy a chat with others as you knit. For anyone who loves to knit or wants to learn.

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About So Many Stories

Christchurch City Libraries is trialling having a show on PlainsFM, so we can take our stories out to a wider audience.  In our pilot four episodes, we will be: visiting different libraries; discovering the amazing staff who work there; and exploring services, resources, and programming. We'll also be talking about favourite books.

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