Libraries: Intellectual freedom and access to information

Our Content Development Policy guides the selection and management of resources collected and created by the Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi. One of the core values expressed in this policy is Intellectual freedom and access to information (Chapter 7.5, p. 15).

It states:

Items prohibited by the Films, Videos and Publication Classification Act 1993 will not be purchased by the Library and material restricted by provisions of this act will not be issued to customers under the specified age. Apart from these statutory requirements, the Library will have no active censorship role.

The Policy asserts that Christchurch City Libraries supports the right of children and young adults to choose their own material. The responsibility for a child’s selection rests with parents or legal guardians (see membership form).

In line with this policy, the NZ Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year (winner of the Young adult fiction category of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards) Into the river by Ted Dawe will not be getting explicit content stickers.

We do not censor books in this way unless they have been to the censor and have been rated.

To uphold the principle of intellectual freedom, the Library attempts to supply a balanced collection containing varying viewpoints on controversial issues. Material will not be suppressed or removed simply because it gives offence. While recognising the right of the individual to reject material, this should not diminish the overall breadth of the collection for other customers.

Royal Readiness

There is a strong heady whiff of a Royal Birth in the air, the tension is palpable…
What to do while we wait the new Windsor arrival? Why –  we can wallow in the trappings of royalty of course.

There are some great books to check out from the Christchurch City Libraries collection. Some of the newer ones are quite spectacular, with glossy pages filled with jewels, gowns and all the splendour that goes with being royal. If you want to see something truly fascinating,  check out Dressing the Queen by Angela Kelly. Here you can get an inside peek into her Majesty’s Jubilee wardrobe, including a rather unique shot of her umbrellas, all lined up, all identical, in dozens of differing and subtle shades of colour, from the softest green to the boldest royal purple.

There are books on the Crown jewels and biographies of royalty through the ages. In case you are jetting to the mother country to be present for the birth of the third in line to the throne and need something to read en route, OverDrive, our e-book collection, has a few royal titles, like  The Great Survivors and  A Brief History of the Private Life of Queen Elizabeth II Both are  downloadable with your library card onto your e-book device.

If you haven’t already seen any royalty on the big screen, immerse yourself in the following, all available from the library collection: The King’s Speech , Charles and Diana – A Palace Divided  or  W./E , the Madonna directed biopic of Wallis Simpson and her Royal ‘connections’. Perhaps from a little left field is  Brave , a rollicking cartoon yarn with the feistiest and coolest little princess ever created.

Perhaps you’d like to keep busy knitting for the new arrival? How about something from Heirloom Baby Knits , or one of our many baby knit books?

There are baby name books if you want to start a workplace pool on the name of the littlest princess or prince and you might even like to start planning a royal tea party to celebrate the arrival with a group of fellow royal watchers.

Whatever you do, keep calm and carry on!

This week in Christchurch history (1 July – 7 July)

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.
Boxing contest. Webb, Steffano, 1880?-1967 : Collection of negatives. Ref: 1/1-009263-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
Boxing contest. Webb, Steffano, 1880?-1967 : Collection of negatives. Ref: 1/1-009263-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

1 July 1862
New Zealand’s first telegraph in operation between Christchurch and Lyttelton.

4 July 1902
New Zealand Boxing Association formed in City.

6 July 1887
Heavy floods. 3 young men drown in the Avon River as a result of a boating mishap.

Te Kete Wānanga o Waimairi – Fendalton Library

Fendalton LibraryIt is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week  and this year’s theme is  Ngā ingoa Māori –  Māori names – so we are bringing you some of the stories behind the Māori names of our libraries.

The bilingual names for Christchurch City Libraries were created in late 2003. With the support and approval of Ngāi Tahu through our Kaumatua, Dr Terry Ryan, and the extensive research undertaken by NekenekeiteRangi Paul, each library within our network was honoured with a Māori name.

Today we will look at how Fendalton Library got its Māori name Te Kete Wānanga o Waimairi:

Waimairi, can mean many things, and has done so to many people. Some ideas behind each name are evident in itself such as – ‘Listless stream, deep water channel, honey water, water by which Maire trees grow, or peaceful water running by a tree’. Waimaero is stated as being the correct Māori version of this word.

Fendall Town remained more or less cut off from Christchurch, the way to the city being via Lower Riccarton and across seven creeks with no bridges. By 1866 the name had been shortened to Fendalton, as we know it now.