Happy 18th birthday to our website

Partay! In the internet equivalent of a baby photo – take a look at how we looked back then.

The URL was http://www.ccc.govt.nz/library/.

She was born on 7 June 1995, and was the first public library internet presence in Australasia:

 … The library’s move into the digital age was further boosted in June 1995, when the library established its first web pages. Part of the Christchurch City Council site, the library’s pages were the first public library internet presence in Australasia. In addition to providing information about the library and its services, they offered online catalogue access for the first time.

So Happy Birthday website, you’ve come a long way baby (here is how it looks now).

Browse  our brief history of Christchurch City Libraries and our factsheet for more milestones, technological and otherwise.
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Interesting first novels – Our selectors share cool stuff

There are plenty of interesting fiction titles coming up in the next few months and there are a number of first novels that are likely to create a lot of interest.

Anton Disclafani’s first novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls has created a lot of interest overseas. It’s set in 1930 at an equestrian boarding school for Southern debutantes.

Another interesting first novel is We need new names by NoViolet Bulawayo, a writer from Zimbabwe, with a story about a girl who escapes from her African homeland to live with her aunt in Detroit.

Gabriel Roth is another debut writer and his novel The unknowns has the publisher claiming it is a droll and funny tale that is like One day written by Woody Allen.

Children’s author Lauren St. John makes an adult debut with The obituary writer which is about the man of the title, a Times journalist who emerges unscathed from a terrible train crash.

Edward Kelsey Moore’s The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is about three Midwest ladies in the 1960s and has been likened to the world of the Fried Green Tomatoes characters.

Less jovial is Anthony Marra’s debut A constellation of vital phenomena which describes the interlinked lives of a Chechen girl, aged eight in 2004, a man in her village who looks after her when her father is killed, and a surgeon in a nearby city.

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