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.

  • Listen to So Many Stories on Plains FM Fridays at 9am.
  • The next show is on Friday 2 September 2022.
  • Upcoming shows: 7 October, 4 November, 2 December.

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

In search of Ngaio: Life and Work of Dame Ngaio Marsh

Aug 27th | 9:00am - Nov 27th | 5:00pm
This exhibition about Ōtautahi’s own Queen of Crime will uncover Ngaio Marsh’s life as a crime writer, theatre director, painter & mentor.

#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!

Blackout Poetry

13 to 21 August
Feeling a little poetic? Create your own blackout poetry. Just drop in and have a go! Free, no bookings required.

National Poetry Day - Spring: Breakdown, Breakthrough

Aug 25th | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of fun at Foundation Cafe as we celebrate National Poetry Day. Hear celebrated local poets reading from their work.

National Poetry Fun Day

Aug 26th | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Poetry fun on National Poetry Day! We will be writing haikus and putting them on a badge - and more! Free, bookings required. Ages 8 to 13.

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.

Poetry

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

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.

Better digital futures for seniors

Linwood, Shirley & Spreydon Library
Better Digital Futures supports over 65s to learn new skills and build confidence in using computers, smartphones, tablets, and the internet

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: June, July, and August 2022

Find out what's happening in libraries this winter (June, July, and August 2022).

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 13 & Saturday 14 May 2022

Fri 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 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

Friends of the Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Hoahoa o Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi support the libraries with advocacy and fund raising.

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 October 2022

School holiday fun and learning. Enrol from next month in 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: June, July, and August 2022

Find out what's happening in libraries this winter (June, July, and August 2022).

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: June, July, and August 2022

Find out what's happening in libraries this winter (June, July, and August 2022).

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!

Summertime Reading Challenge

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

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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