Dance and sing with The Moon and Farmer McPhee

To celebrate the release of Margaret Mahy and David Elliot’s beautiful new book,  The Moon and Farmer McPhee, we are having a special farm themed Storytime this Thursday, 25 November at Central Library from 10:30-11am.

Come along for stories, rhymes, music and a chance to win a copy of the book.

The Christchurch Star of 23 November 1963 and the assassination of John F. Kennedy

One of the more curious gems in our collection is The Christchurch Star and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The Christchurch Star’s article on the assassination has become a touchstone of conspiracy theorists:

Preoccupation with the Christchurch Star connection had existed since 1963 but intensified with the release in 1992 of Oliver Stone’s movie JFK, which puts forward a conspiracy view of the assassination. It uses, as part of its evidence, the front page of the Christchurch Star of 23 November 1963. There were claims that the Christchurch Star coverage contained information which was pre-packaged by conspirators prior to the assassination taking place and distributed in the US and then sent out to New Zealand very soon after the event. They say Oswald’s background was reported far too quickly and it must have been a CIA-planted cover story.

Find out more on our page on The Christchurch Star and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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The Christchurch Star front page, 23 November 1963