Long live The Ferret: Eric Batchelor, Waimate Warrior

CoverNicknamed The Ferret, Eric Batchelor hailed from Waimate, where there is a subdivision named after him. When it opened, according to the ODT, a pipe band performed a song written in his honour – Waimate Warrior. This dairy owner and odd jobs man was one of our most decorated war heroes.

Lots will be said about him in the coming days, and a TV programme has been made.

Here at the library, we have a version of his war experiences told in his own words. Might be worth a read.

Combating holiday boredom

Christchurch City Libraries offers two fun new electronic resources for children  – a free way for  library members to entertain children and help educate them at the same time.

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. The books are aimed at younger childen up to ‘tweenies’.

And …

InrepicaIntrepica is a high-quality play-based literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment. Users progress through progressively harder tests and earning trophies and coins for completing games which they can then “spend” dressing their avatar up in outfits and costumes!

You can access these resources and many others from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.  Christchurch City Libraries also has sites specifically aimed at kids and young adults.