Image of the week

Wartime in the city. 7 August 1942.

Wartime in the city

Cranmer Square, Christchurch. “Universal” Bren gun carriers and motor cycle dispatch riders. The carrier driver 2nd from the left is R.G. Skipworth, 1st Battalion Canterbury Regiment.

Christchurch City Libraries is inviting the public to be part of a gathering and documentation of historical photos on peace and conflict in Christchurch from 14 September until 23 October. We are collecting images of Canterbury’s involvement in peace and conflict over the years and will publish them on the libraries’ Flickr site. This year we are looking at three broad themes in fitting with this years Heritage Week: Life at Home, Away from Home, and Peace and Remembrance. So gather up those photos and send them in! The Christchurch City L ibraries Photo Hunt 2009 is open from 14 September until 23 October and is part of the Beca Heritage Week’s ‘Doves & Defences’ celebrations. Winners will be announced and contacted on the 2nd November 2009.

Christchurch City L ibraries Photo Hunt 2009

Cookery, quizzes and Hairy Maclary – October is New Zealand Book Month

Our Voice, Our Choice, is the theme for New Zealand Book Month 2009 and it’s about communities getting involved and showcasing New Zealand literature on their own terms.

Here’s a couple of competitions to celebrate:
Edmonds locketEdmonds Cookbook Competition
Bring your Edmonds Cookbook to your local library during the month of October and enter the NZ Book Month Edmonds Cookbook Competition sponsored by Edmonds themselves! This iconic national favourite was also voted as the Christchurch non-fiction favourite which is why we are celebrating it during NZ Book Month. It doesn’t matter how old or new your cookbook is, there’s a category to fit.

Competition opens 1 October and closes 5pm Monday 19th October. But you can make a late entry on the day if you bring your cookbook to the special prize giving event at New Brighton library 11am on 23 October where local councillor Chrissie Williams awards prizes for the ‘Best-loved Edmonds Cookbook Competition’ and a local chef will do a cooking demonstration. Edmonds Cookbook Competition Entry form [322 Kb PDF]

Hairy MaclaryHairy Maclary Competition
Christchurch’s favourite children’s book for 2009 is Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. To celebrate this achievement, we are giving away soft-toy replicas of Hairy Maclary characters to children who can prove that their pet deserves a prize!

Does your pet look or act like a character from Hairy Maclary? Do you think your pet is worthy of a prize? Kids ages 5 to 12 can enter our Hairy Maclary competition to win Hairy Maclary toys. Entry details.

Find out more about all the events, workshops, competitions and literary fun of New Zealand Book Month at Christchurch City Libraries.