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Margaret Mahy displays

Two years ago, we lost “word witch” Margaret Mahy – a famous Canterbury local and a much loved children’s author.

Cover of The ChangeoverWhat better way to remember her legacy than with words. There is a session The Changeover: 30 Years On at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival on Saturday 30 August 2014. Join Stuart McKenzie, co-writer and producer of the forthcoming Changeover movie, and young adult writers Elizabeth Knox and Karen Healey, as they discuss with children’s literature specialist Bill Nagelkerke the importance of this great teen novel and its ongoing relevance.

Words are also for consumption. Search our catalogue for books by Margaret Mahy.

Margaret used to be a children’s librarian at Christchurch City Libraries and our Margaret Mahy pages are full of ideas about writing as well as info on Margaret and her stories:

If the ideas don’t come I go for a walk, listen to music, do a bit of gardening, but I have so much work, it is always easy to go onto something else for a while. If it is urgent I make something happen, even if I am not particularly satisfied with the level of invention, because I think as long as the story is moving something is going to happen, and so far I have been lucky.

We are also lucky to have online the poem Down the back of the chair, and The word-eater written by Margaret Mahy, and illustrated by Bob Kerr. You might recognise the setting of the Central Library in Gloucester Street.

The Word-eater - written by Margaret Mahy; Illustrated by Bob Kerr

More Margaret

23 July 1851
Pioneer William Deans among 28 lost in the wreck of the Maria in Cook Strait. Godley had tried to deprive the Deans and Hay families of their farms because he wanted only Anglicans to own land in the new settlement. The Deans brothers had sold sheep to pay the legal costs of fighting Godley’s high handed action, and William Deans was travelling to Sydney to buy replacement stock.

23 July 1857
First dramatic presentation in Canterbury, which featured Mrs Foley in “The Loan of a Lover” and “Betsy Baker” at the Lyttelton Town Hall. (see an advertisement in the 25 July 1857 Lyttelton Times).

Papers Past clipping from Page 5 Advertisements Column 2 Lyttelton Times, 25 July 1857

Papers Past clipping from Page 5 Advertisements Column 2 Lyttelton Times, 25 July 1857

26 July 1879
Canterbury Rugby Football Association (New Zealand’s first) formed. See our page on early rugby in Christchurch.

More July events in our Christchurch chronology.

Photograph of property known as Gee’s, Hereford St. Christchurch City Libraries, CCC-AFStacey-034

On 17 July 1964 the Government Life Building opened in Cathedral Square. One of my favourite photos in our entire collection is this one of its construction. workers on top of Government Life. It is the Ōtautahi version of the famous Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam).

The Post Office tower is dwarfed in this view, taken from the top of the Government Life Insurance building in the Square.  [Mar. 1963] CCL PhotoCD 11, IMG0059

The Post Office tower is dwarfed in this view, taken from the top of the Government Life Insurance building in the Square. [Mar. 1963] CCL PhotoCD 11, IMG0059

That iconic clock has been a landmark of the central city – when it was turned off lots of us missed looking up to see the time (and the temperature).

Government Life Building showing clock 12:45 4 July 1963 CCCPlans Government-Life-11-2

Government Life Building showing clock 12:45 4 July 1963 CCCPlans Government-Life-11-2

In the 1965 photo above, you can see it is 1:52pm.

Post earthquakes, Mike Hewson’s artwork Government Life Suspension reflected the building back for us.

Government life art by Mike Hewson. Tuesday 22 January 2013. Flickr: CCL-2013-01-22-IMG_2308

Government life art by Mike Hewson. Tuesday 22 January 2013. Flickr: CCL-2013-01-22-IMG_2308

Government Life building. Wednesday 18 June 2014. Flickr: 2014-06-17-IMG_0287

Government Life building. Wednesday 18 June 2014. Flickr: 2014-06-17-IMG_0287

The Government Life building is currently being demolished.
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17 July 1964
Opening of the Government Life Building in Cathedral Square. It was the city’s first “high rise glass box”. The building’s rooftop clock and temperature readings became a familiar part of the Square.

Plans:

19 July 1988
Jock Orr, nicknamed “The Birdman” after befriending birds in Cathedral Square, dies in Christchurch.

20 July 1851
First church in Christchurch opened – later dedicated as St Michael and All Angels in 1859.

More July events in our Christchurch chronology.

Cashel Street, 1946. Christchurch City Libraries, CCC-AFStacey-010

Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck

Deputy Mayor, Vicki Buck, breaking ground at the site of the new Halswell Library and Community Facility

Construction of the Halswell Library and Community Facility – a new community hub incorporating a library, outdoor pool, meeting spaces and a customer service desk – begins on Monday 14 July 2014.

On Friday 11 July, Deputy Mayor and Riccarton–Wigram Councillor Vicki Buck broke ground on the project, at a Whakawatea (blessing) and sod-turning event with the help of some local children. It was good to see the event so well attended and shows the value the local community places on the new facility.

We now look forward to the opening of the Halswell Library and Community  Facility.

 

 

Literary director Rachael King

Literary director Rachael King at the launch of the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. Thursday 10 July 2014. Flickr: 2014-07-10-IMG_0653

The WORD programme is out, and it is GOOD. Mighty good. It is also BIG – over 100 writers. It is also INTERNATIONAL as well as very LOCAL.

Here’s a tiny taster of what’s on show:

Some of the world’s best storytellers will be there – Eleanor Catton, Noviolet Bulawayo, Diane Setterfield, Elizabeth Knox …

Thinkers to make you go Hmmm – Maire Leadbeater on People Power; Luke Harding on Ukraine and Edward Snowden …

Family friendly – Jackie French (Australian Children’s Laureate), picture book readings, exciting tales …

Music and poetry-  Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Aldous Harding, slam poet Anis Mojgani …

Satire with Ben Uffindel from The Civilian and Steve Braunias, superheroes and comics …

And tributes to our finest – Janet Frame and Margaret Mahy.

We’ve done a Storify of the programme “reveal” and what people are saying.

Have a look at our WORD page with links to most of the authors on show – a glorious grab-bag of great writing and interesting ideas.

Cover of Shigeru Ban Cover of We need new names Cover of I am JulietCover of Snowden Files Cover of Paradoxical undressingCover of Delicious Cover of Bellman and Black Cover of The silence of the sea Cover of Dreams of gods and monsters Cover of The Interestings Cover of ANZAC Cover of Purgatory Cover of Passing Through Cover of Bloodclot Cover of Koiwi Koiwi Cover of Wild blackberries Cover of The Commons Cover of Fish like a drink Cover of Bruiser Cover of Civilisation Cover of Ben Brown Cover of How to hear classical music Cover of The Luminaries Cover of The Wandering Mind Cover of The 10pm question Cover of Breton Dukes Cover of The Lives and Loves of Lena Gaunt Cover of The Broken book Cover of The hut builder Cover of Simon Gault Cover of Nicky Hager Cover of While we run Cover of Incomplete works Cover of A history of silence Cover of Wake Cover of The fall of light Cover of Peace, power and Politics Cover of Tragedy at Pike River Cover of Liam Cover of Tina Makereti Cover of Owen Marshall Cover of The virgin and the whale Cover of Nicky Pellegrino Cover of John Pule Cover of Charlotte Randall Cover of Inequality Cover of How we remember Cover of The shaky isles Cover of Birthright Cover of Ad Lib Cover of Dot Smith Cover of A Winter's Day in 1939 Cover of Canterbury Quake

Horizons go carts was a collaborative project with Totara Primary School, Oamaru, Opawa Primary and Paparoa Street School. It excited everyone because it had so many fun elements to it.

Firstly students were given a design brief, examples, YouTube clips to discover various go cart models before the class actually started. This pattern continued with students receiving information/ tutorial notes via Google Docs the week prior to each class.

The classroom was flipped upside down…well not literally, but the method of teaching was. The flipped classroom is an educational term which inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside the classroom, making use of 24/7 access to internet and making contact student hours educationally richer.

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After creating a rubber band powered go cart from recycled materials students then designed their model in Trimble Sketch Up (a 3D software programme). The best voted design was 3D printed.

With help from Science Alive,  students built Lego go carts and learned how to programme them to complete challenges using touch sensors and ultra sonic sensors.

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Students have kept an e-diary to share their go cart journey including photos, adaptations, videos of fair testing and their Skype ebuddies ideas and opinions.

The grand finale of the programme was a go cart Grand Prix for all schools via Skype!

Watch out for more ‘flipping’ classrooms!
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In our Learning Centre, students experience e-learning programmes aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum document. These programmes provide learning in a technology-rich environment and the teaching within these programmes keep abreast with the latest teaching philosophies and strategies.

If you are interested in working with us to tailor an existing programme or work alongside us please contact us phone 941 5140 or email learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz

The Society of Artists Gallery, corner of Armagh & Durham Streets, Christchurch [ca. 1921]  CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0045

The Society of Artists Gallery, corner of Armagh & Durham Streets, Christchurch [ca. 1921] CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0045

8 July 1880
Canterbury Society of Arts formed.

9 July 1863
Civic tree planting begins. Part of the day’s planting was a commemorative tree, generally regarded as the beginning of the Botanic Gardens.

11 July 1879
Post Office building in Cathedral Square completed.

Post Office Corner 1963 from Cathedral spire Flickr HW-08-FE-09

Post Office Corner 1963 from Cathedral spire Flickr HW-08-FE-09

13 July 1905
Construction of King Edward barracks begins. The building was completed in an amazing 25 days. In the absence of a true Town Hall, it was often the venue for large concerts and civic occasions.

14 July 1945
Record snowfall 280mm (11 inches) over most of city. See our page on historic snowfalls in Christchurch.

More July events in our Christchurch chronology.

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