Electronic Resources


Craft CornerAre your creative juices threatening to spew forth like so much Red Zone liquefaction? Do you need an outlet for your inner artist?  Then break out your glue gun, stencils and sparkly bits and have a look at World Book’s Craft Corner! This newest online sensation has thousands of activities with easy, clear instructions, photographs and illustrations. These projects are suitable for a broad spectrum of hobbyists – from beginner to expert, for children and adults. Every craft also contains a list of materials for easy reference and can be printed, e-mailed, or saved in its entirety to your computer. You can learn to:

  • Make your own Victorian wreath;
  • Knit your own “Popcorn scarf”;
  • Stencil greeting cards;
  • Weave your own friendship bracelets;
  • Create your own costumes.

You can also share your projects by logging into the site by creating your own My Research account. Here you can enter the steps and images for the crafts you’ve made in four simple stages. You can then preview the project and save it to your account, where World Book may share it with the rest of the crafting community.

Access this catalyst of expression from home or in libraries through the Source or the catalogue record. Joy!

Daily Mail logoThere is only one newspaper in the world that can claim to have helped bring down a British government and also been sued by Elton John. Love it or hate it the British newspaper the Daily Mail is loved and loathed in equal proportions. Catering to readers who want entertainment from their newspaper as well as coverage of important news events, the Daily Mail has criticized everyone from Lord Kitchener in 1916 for not properly supplying British troops to Kim Kardashian and her baby weight.

Its founder Lord Northcliffe identified a gap in the market for a paper that delivered the three things that are always news – health, sex and money. By offering short engaging stories with pictures, the news for the first time reached into the homes of millions, many of whom had never bought a newspaper before.

We now have access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 with more than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper in fully searchable digital format, with all the  advertisements (including family notices), news stories and images that capture 20th century culture, society and tastes. Love it or hate it, it is a wonderful snapshot of ourselves at our best and worst. You can cross search this newspaper with several other major historical newspapers at NewsVault or search it individually from home or in a local library at the Source or in the catalogue. Have a gander today!

We all need a tidy up every once and a while and online resources are no different. Encyclopedia Britannica has moved from dusty heavy paper tomes to an online version that was in need of an upgrade to be honest. Luckily the folks at Britannica have a reputation for striving for the best in information provision so they have cleared the decks and with a bit of spit and polish come up with something as useful as it is gorgeous! Let us welcome …

Have a play and see how in this information-saturated world there are still those who know how to excel. We salute you Britannica!

Technology annoys me. Every time I learn something new, it changes again on me and I am left scowling at small children who roll their eyes at my incompetency. I am of the generation that had to put their finger in a hole to dial a number and wait for the big circular dial to return to the start – none of that speed dial business!

If you are more technically minded, then I have the electronic resource for you! We provide access to Safari Books Online, an electronic reference library of technology, business and digital media. Safari has it all – from artificial intelligence and mark-up languages, to desktop publishing and online security. If you know that a “Server” is not actually another name for a waitress, that “Perl” is not just a knitting pattern and “Hacking” is not just a violent cough then this resource will be for you.

You can search across all of Safari’s texts or simply flick to the page you need at any time of the day or night to help out with any issues you come across.

Personally I still preferred my old phone – I miss the whirring noise as the dial swung round.  Maybe there is an app for that?

We have just introduced a collection of Chinese eBook titles into OverDrive with a view to exploring other languages as content becomes available. We recognise that English is not necessarily the first language of our members.

Spread the word if you know people who may be interested!!

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There is no doubting the popularity of OverDrive, our downloadable eBook and eAudiobook collection. We have thousands of fiction and non fiction titles to satisfy your reading needs.

One of the perks of my job is I get to explore the limitless charm of our collection of historical newspapers including the British Newspaper Archive which brought this to my attention….

According to the Evening Telegraph on June the 17th 1901 it was reported in the ladies column that it is  “Quite the latest idea to have a Face-Book“! Maybe Mark Zuckerberg isn’t so clever after all? Without the benefits of online technology in 1901, the ladies were encouraged on visits to friends to draw their face or the face of someone else in the lady of the house’s sketchbook and to put their name underneath it. This gave the lady of the house her very own “Facebook” which one could chortle over the teacups while viewing the varying drawing skills of their friends.

I don’t know about you but I think this idea is perfectly charming – despite my illustrating abilities rarely progressing past stick men. At the end of the day the ladies of the Evening Telegraph have at least come together for a laugh and aren’t discussing their woes by abbreviated texts. Oh for simpler days? Maybe. I sure would missed those funny cat videos though!

Our newest collection of eBooks is Wheelers. Here are some titles to feast your eyes on.

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With the huge popularity of OverDrive we are now offering  another way for library members to access eBooks. Let me introduce the New Zealand based eBook platform Wheelers.

Why another platform you ask? Well, Wheelers point of difference is that its collection will focus more on New Zealand content from New Zealand writers and publishers. This growing collection contains both fiction and non fiction titles for adults, young adults and children.

Wheelers allows you to:

  • Download up to ten fiction and non-fiction titles from home at any time;
  • Checkout eBooks for 14 days;
  • Transfer eBook titles to your computer or portable devices such eBook readers and smart phones;
  • Avoid late fees — the items self expire. Some eBooks can be checked in early.

Wheelers is a separate platform so it does not  does not affect the amount of eBooks you can get from OverDrive. It is our aim at Christchurch City Libraries to present you with a smorgasbord of eBook opportunities. Have a look at the titles and check out a new eBook out today!

Picture Post was an iconic British newspaper published from 1938-1957. At its peak 80% of the British public were reading it. Why? Well, a large part of this was its pioneering use of photojournalism. No longer were pictures just portraits of the great and good,  but they reflected the stories of those on the street in all their joys and worries. There was a lot to worry about with this newspaper covering the stormy years leading up to World War II to the first decade of the Cold War.

It is positively fascinating to see the prevailing attitudes and the discussions of everyday Britain in this time period. The Picture Post  Archive contains fully searchable reproductions of every issue of this newspaper for you to explore.

This archive is a goldmine for historians or anyone with an inch of curiosity in their bones. You can access this from home or at any community library with your  library card and password / PIN. I encourage you to have a read and fall into a world preparing for and enduring war and facing the nuclear age with bravery and humour. 

Rolling Stone, January 30, 2014

Hats off to Lorde. I like your tee shirt.

Read Rolling Stone issue 1201 online via Zinio for Libraries.

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