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 3 June 2022.
  • Upcoming shows 1 July, 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December.

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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So Many Stories

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.

Hongi - Te Ao Hou: A moment in time

Our exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic magazine. In this phase it looks at moments of discussion and formal gathering.

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

School holidays April 2022

Join us for school holiday fun and learning. Enrol now 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: March, April, and May 2022

Find out what's happening in libraries this March, April, and May.

Immigrant Journeys exhibition

Mar 18th | 9:00am - May 29th | 5:00pm
Discover the rich diversity that immigrants bring to Aotearoa New Zealand.

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: March, April, and May 2022

Find out what's happening in libraries this March, April, and May.

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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