Win 2 for 1 tickets to The Girl who played with Fire

We’ve got some movie tickets that get you two movie entries for the price of one  (courtesy of Allen and Unwin)  to see the movie adaptation of part two of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.

Sadly Stieg died so there are no more “Girl” titles to come …

So make your suggestion for the imaginary next title in the comments and we’ll pick our favourites and send you off to the flicks.

Here’s a couple of offerings to ‘fire’ you up:

  • The girl with a nose-ring, burnt fingers and a bee in her bonnet
  • The girl with a killer bob who worked at the Stockholm Public Library

PS If you are a fan of Nordic crime, try our brand spanking new Scandinavian Crime booklist.

Conditions of entry: You’ll need to be over 16 to use the movie tickets, and staff of Christchurch City Libraries aren’t eligible to enter. Competition closes 23 August 2010.

Winners of the 2010 LIANZA Book Awards

Cover imageThe LIANZA Book Awards are a chance for librarians across New Zealand to pick their favourite New Zealand books of the year.  The winners have just been announced and they are:

Congratulations to all the winners!  We are lucky enough to have the winner of the Esther Glen Award, Richard Newsome, coming to Central Library for the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September, from 7-8pm.  We will also have an interview with Richard on the blog after the launch.  To find out more about Richard Newsome’s visit, check out the What’s On page on the library website.

Have you read any of the winning books?

Adrenaline kicks for creative types – Write a short story in one day

Writing handTime is racing on. We’re half way through August, the daffodils are coming out, the trees are producing buds in defiance of the winter weather and there’s only a week and a half to go until the  NZ Society of Authors’ One-Day Short Story Competition kicks off. I’m already sharpening my pencils in anticipation.

The One-Day Short Story Competition was run for the first time last year and you can check out some examples of work created on the Christchurch City Libraries‘ website. The event proved to be so popular, it is happening again and it’s quickly becoming a highlight on every Canterbury writer’s calendar. This year literary types, myself included, are invited to meet at the Christchurch Art Gallery at 10am on Sunday 29th August. Once registered, we will each receive a pack with everything needed to get started and have until 5pm to complete a 1,500 word short story. The event is open to everyone and there are Youth and Adult categories.

Sounds easy? Uh, uh. To make things interesting the clever folk who organise the competition insist that authors use various pre-selected places or phrases in their stories. These details are only disclosed on the day so it makes it totally impossible to write anything beforehand. You never know what will turn up. Your characters might have to have some connection to the door on the Law Courts and the Scarborough Clock Tower for example. Not easy, but then there’s nothing writers like more than the chance to get the cognitive thought processes firing. The fun is discovering how your mind will link these things together and time pressure forces you make creative decisions quickly.

Some people jump out of aeroplanes for kicks. I enter the One-Day Short Story Competition. It’s great fun and you’ll feel like you’ve run the Coast to Coast by the end of it. There are prizes for the winners and deserved recognition at an award presentation in the Conference Room at the Town Hall, but it is the challenge that appeals to me most. A big thanks to the team who ensure this event happens. The competition is open to everyone and costs $5 to enter. Maybe I’ll see you down there?

Library Week photos #1 – Libraries on wheels

We are sharing some photos of our libraries, to celebrate Library Week
The Mobile Library connects the community with Christchurch City Libraries – here are some images of buses of the past.



View more Mobile Library images on our Flickr site