Bread and butter, marmalade and…

LogoAre you missing Storytimes and Babytimes at the library? As an earlier post pointed out, we will be doing our best to get back to the normal schedule as soon as each library opens to the public.  However, in the interim, as well as calling on the services of our fantastic Outreach Team, you can have a go at  improvising your own session at home.  With the help of our digital resources, it’s a cinch!

Any self-respecting session starts of course with a proper hello. It’s hard to beat the classic:

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say hello as loudly (softly/quickly/slowly) as we can.


Tena koe – hello to one
Tena kourua – hello to two
Tena koutou – hello to all
Haere mai everyone
Welcome everyone

You can then move on to stories.  The TumbleBook Library is one of the library’s premium websites that you can access for free from home with your library card number and PIN.

The TumbleBook Library has a wealth of animated, talking picture books which you can read, or have read to you.

If you want to be super-organised, you can create a playlist or use one of the pre-selected ones (you find them by clicking on Tumble TV). There are a dozen or so of these, including ones on those perennial favourites, dinosaurs and monsters.

To change the pace, add some action rhymes. Alternate stories and rhymes, and voilà, your storytime session is complete.

Just don’t forget the goodbye rhyme!

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say goodbye as loudly as we can.

South Learning Centre programmes update

South Learning CenteSouth Learning Centre is now open and the following community programmes will resume from Monday 14 March 2011:

School programmes

We are working on a range of options to support our Christchurch schools at this time.  Any schools who wish to discuss existing programmes or individual school needs are welcome to contact us on 941-5140 or email . We are here to provide assistance where possible.

No other programmes currently running

At this stage there are no programmes running at Upper Riccarton, New Brighton or Parklands Learning Centres.  We will update this information once more is known about expected start dates for programmes at these locations to begin again.

Understanding the quake: A factsheet

imageAn excellent factsheet – available on the Canterbury Earthquake website –  has been put together to help people understand what happened to cause the February 22 earthquake.

Some of the key information:

  • The 22 February 2011 earthquake fault runs beneath the Port Hills.
  • The fault is not vertical. It slices through the ground on a 65 degree angle, back under the Port Hills, with the highest part of the fault lying approximately 1-2 kilometres beneath the Avon/Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai.
  • The two sides of the fault have moved past each other by about 1.5 metres. The direction of slip has caused the Port Hills to rise by about 40 centimetres.
  • This earthquake has been followed by its own set of aftershocks. They are becoming less frequent, but will continue for at least several weeks before dropping to pre 22 February levels. This is normal and expected.

Community briefings, Monday March 7

Community earthquake info briefings will be held today and on Wednesday for some of the worst quake-affected areas in Christchurch. They will provide essential information and a limited opportunity for questions.

Location Time For
McCormacks Bay Reserve (Eastern side of reserve) 12.30 pm Residents of Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs, St Andrews Hill, Balmoral Hill, Moncks Spur
Sumner School Grounds (Colenso Street) 3 pm Residents of Moncks Bay, Clifton, Richmond Hill, Sumner, Scarborough.
Lyttelton Main School playing field (The Grassy) 5.30 pm Residents of Lyttelton and harbour settlements through to Rapaki

Read more information and details of the Wednesday meetings on the Canterbury Earthquake website.