Library News

Community ReadI spied a poster in the library that has put a real spring in my step: Community Read 2014. The reason for this spring is a visit to Christchurch City Libraries by Kate De Goldi. She is coming to talk about her novel The 10PM Question and I can’t wait.

I read this book a number of years ago and at the time it struck a real chord. Frankie Parsons, a twelve year old boy, is on the verge of change. He has a head full of worries and Frankie’s Ma listens patiently to his 10pm questions. I had a son who also had a head full of worries and at the time I found The 10PM Question a reassuring read. Kate De Goldi deals sensitively and perceptively with the issue of anxiety and the challenges faced by Frankie and his family.

Kate is an award winning writer who cannot be missed.









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I had the pleasure of listening to Kate a number of years ago and I promise you will not be disappointed. Come along to this free event on Friday 22nd August, 11-12pm, at the South Library Colombo Street, Christchurch. In the evening (7.30pm to 9pm), join the Court Jesters for some 10pm questions. Share your 10PM question and be in to win an iPod touch. The Court Jesters at South Library will improvise your 10pm questions!

Kate de Goldi – and many more authors – will also be appearing in a variety of sessions at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.

I don’t have a 10pm question but I do have plenty of 2.30am questions! What is your 10pm question?

HNN (Hillmorton Network News) is a specialised schools programme run by South Learning Centre, an initiative being trialled in 2014.  It is a television venture run by Hillmorton Year 7 and 8 student group to ‘Celebrate Success‘.  Hillmorton’s new school Years 7 to 13 is showcased, student achievement celebrated in the classroom, on the field, in the art room and within the community.

Students  work alongside school staff to integrate H.N.N requirements within curriculum time to produce material for each broadcast. Students meet with South Learning staff for guidance  to learn production, scripting, technical skills and how to compile all features, reports and news into a production.

Student reporters report on weekend sport, local school news, community events and international news.  Library news, promotions and activities have regular slots within episodes.

SLC staff assist students learning how to conduct interviews, promotions and reviews for their broadcasts.  iMovie is used for final presentations, digital video cameras for recording interviews, green screen for backdrops and iPad apps to encourage public speaking. Check out our latest broadcast.

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

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.



A Caxton MiscellanyThe Caxton Press was launched on 10 June 1935 by John Drew and poet/typographer Denis Glover to publish New Zealand literature. Leo Bensemann had a long and fruitful association as a designer and illustrator with Caxton. Most of the decade’s best writers were first published by the company. Caxton Press tells the story on its website:

THE CAXTON CLUB was a colourful group of students, writing enthusiasts and amateur printers which operated a small printing press in the basement of the University Clock Tower, Worcester Street, in the early 1930s. In 1935, renowned New Zealand literary figure Denis Glover, together with a partner, borrowed £100 for a new press and formed The Caxton Press. They set up in an old wooden shop at 129 Victoria St where they stayed for fifteen years.

In 2013, Central Library Peterborough hosted A Caxton Miscellany – a Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition (see our photos). And in a timely echo, The Art of the Dust Jacket –  another most excellent Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition at Central Library Peterborough – is running from 30 May to 14 July 2014). No doubt many titles are from the Caxton Press.

One of the gems of our digital collection are The Group Catalogues, 1927 — 1977 as printed by Caxton Press. You can see their exquisite work closeup.

More on the Caxton Press

Denis Glover, founder of Caxton Press, with Book Week display in Alexander Turnbull Library. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1963/3385/9A-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Denis Glover, founder of Caxton Press, with Book Week display in Alexander Turnbull Library. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1963/3385/9A-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


My knitting pattern usually has the following phrase: “Knit to end of row”.

In Central Library Peterborough, people will really be doing that. Do you have a UFO (Unfinished Object)  or a WIP (Work In Progress)? Then grab it and come on down to the library on Saturday June 14 from 10 am-12 noon and join in as Central Library Peterborough and Knit World join hundreds of knitters around the world for World Wide Knit In Public Day.

There is also a session at Lyttelton Library.

It will be great. Sitting and knitting or doing crochet with like-minded crafters, sharing ideas, discussing patterns and quietly counting stitches. If you find knitting to be thirsty work, then hot drinks and food will be available.

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As for me, I’m going to be at work on Saturday.  However I will bring along my knitting bag containing my latest WIP  and, at lunchtime, between sips of coffee and bites of sandwiches, I’ll k2 *p2 k2* rep to end, turn.

If you need some inspiration, check out the following:

And, in the spirit of crowdsourcing, why not share your favourite resources, or tales and photos of your WIPs and UFOs (or even completed projects)?

Samoan Wk 4

Talofa lava everyone! Yesterday we had a great Storytime session at the Upper Riccarton Library celebrating Samoan Language Week. Make sure you check out our next two sessions at South Library (Thursday 29th May at 10am) and Aranui Library (Thursday 29th May at 11.15am).

Omai uma! Everyone welcome!

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Now resolved – sorry for the inconvenience.

Kia ora. Due to an unscheduled system outage, there is currently no internet access on PCs or wifi at our libraries. Our website is also unavailable. Our technical staff are working on this, and we will let you know when normal services are resumed. Our libraries are open for borrowing, browsing, and returning items. Sorry for any inconvenience.


South Learning CentreOur libraries and learning centres are busy places. We have a range of courses – for adults during the day, and kids after school.

See our Learning Centre events and our Classes and events calendar.

You can browse our After school programmes.

Science alive sessions kick off for this term this week too!


Here is a selection of some of the classes you can try:

Computers and Coffee

Beginning Computer Skills @ South Learning Centre – Monday 12 May, 11am – 12.30pm

Beyond Beginners @South Learning Centre – Wednesday 14 May, 9am – 10.30am


iPad Classes

Introduction to iPads @ South Learning Centre – Tuesday 11 March, 1pm – 2.30pm

Beyond Beginners @ South Learning Centre – Friday 16 May, 9am – 10.30am


Computer Drop in Sessions

South Learning Centre –Wednesday 14 May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm


After School Programmes at South Learning Centre

Girlszone – Monday 12 May, 3.30pm – 5pm

Workshop Club – Tuesday 13 May, 3.30pm – 5pm

eBook Club – Wednesday 14 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Gamezone – Friday 16 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Contact us for more information.

South Learning Centre’s eBook Club students are still buzzing with all their Random Acts Of Kindness activities throughout the term.

They created bookmarks with inspirational messages and secretly placed them into random books around South Library just to make customers smile.

Little chocolate gifts were given to strangers to brighten their days and a book drive resulted in over 200 books, book voucher and gifts (watches, t-shirts and diaries), which were donated to a local low decile primary school.

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Random Acts Of Kindness II

Our first ever Minecraft Craft Holiday Programme – including 3D printing, Sketch Up to design keyrings, Huma beads of Minecraft characters, Printcraft to design students own buildings, Tinkercad to design and 3D print jewellery and electronics to make a Redstone light.


Keep your eyes peeled for more afterschool and holiday programmes at your library.


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