Crafty librarians

"Create" DisplayLibrarians are a crafty lot. Their inventiveness constantly amazes me. Currently we have a knitted pig known as Crisp E Bacon (apologies to all vegetarians) sitting in our workroom (see him in the display at right). He is the handiwork of a colleague who loves to knit. I understand her son is the proud owner of a whole herd of knitted dinosaurs.

Our small staff includes enthusiastic quilt-makers, knitters, painters, decoupage and mosaic artists, makers of jewelry and all manner of other things. The library network as a whole also boasts some pretty amazing artists as shown by our Bookish Artists exhibition held occasionally at New Brighton Library.

If you are the creative type, working a library is a great thing to do. Books inspiring art and craft projects abound on our shelves and can be seen departing daily in the arms of starry-eyed librarians planning their next triumph.

Cover of Knitted farm animals.The rest of you don’t need to miss out though. Have a browse and put some inspiration on hold or on your for later shelf. Watch our for new books under Crafts and collecting in new non fiction or look in our catalogue for quilting, knitting, embroidery, or decoupage for inspiration.

For painting try acrylic, watercolour , oils or tempera painting techiniques Books can also be found under subjects such as wildlife painting, landscape painting and still-life painting

This week in Christchurch history (29 July – 4 August)

30 July 1976
7 Canterbury men in gold medal winning hockey team at the Montreal Olympics. See our page on Canterbury Olympians.

31 July 1856
By Royal Charter, Christchurch becomes New Zealand’s first city.

July 1862
New Zealand’s first professional boxing contest held on the banks of the Waimakariri River near Kaiapoi. Police with drawn pistols tried to stop the illegal contest, but were overwhelmed by the crowd of over 600. Subsequent legal proceedings were quietly withdrawn when it was found that the Crown Solicitor and several magistrates had been among the spectators. Read more in Beginnings, from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 22-Apr-09

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.