Holiday programmes in September and October

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Explore our programmes for the upcoming school holidays.
Book now to get the kids a spot in these popular classes!

Claymation

Discover the process of producing animated movies, in the style of Wallace & Gromit. Plan an original story, create your own characters and craft your own movie using digital photography. This course runs over two days.

Chillout Tunes

Do you love music and like the idea of making your own, using an iPad? Pitched at a beginner level and using Garage band you can make your own funky original music tracks. Take home your personal recording on CD or on your own memory stick.

Digital Story Telling

Love listening to stories? Then you will enjoy this session. We will start off with an e-book storytime on the iPads, followed by a fun crafty activity. Then discover and learn to use the TumbleBooks database – online, animated, talking books.

Paper Dolls

Come along to this creative and crafty session and design your own digital paper doll. You’ll be able to get great ideas from cool websites and then you’ll design your own doll using the computer. Print your designer doll in colour and take it home to add to your doll collection.

You in Moto

video cameraCreate and direct your own online movie. Bring pictures of your choice, preferably on CD or USB stick of yourself, a holiday, your friends and turn them into an online slideshow with soundtrack and your choice of design features. Then email your completed mini movie to your friends and whānau.
Note: You must bring an email address and password approved by your parents to do this course.

Create and direct your own online movie. Bring pictures of your choice, preferably on CD or USB stick of yourself, a holiday, your friends and turn them into an online slideshow with soundtrack and your choice of design features. Then email your completed mini movie to your friends and whānau.
Note: You must bring an email address and password approved by your parents to do this course.

The Displaced Reader: on the Mobile Library

Post-quakes, the Displaced Reader reported back from several of our libraries, spurred on by the temporary closure of various of our buildings. Most of our libraries are now open, however we got Tania to wear the mantle of Displaced Reader to experience a day on the Mobile Library. Here’s her account.

Photo of librarian Sarah reading a magazine in the Library Mobile van.
Library assistant Sarah enjoys a break.

Today I’m heading out with Sarah on the Mobile Library. It’s a perfect sunny day.

We have to get organised to leave; most importantly we get the thermos flasks, coffee and milk ready for afternoon tea – it feels like we are packing up for a picnic. Oh, and don’t forget the extra crate of children’s books for today’s stops.

The two vans are lovely and bright. Although the van I get on seems rather small from the outside, I am amazed at how big it is inside! I think it’s like a Tardis but for books. It’s full of bright shiny nice books, DVDs, magazines and more – something for everyone.

Time to go. We head out through the hustle and bustle of Christchurch traffic with the odd crash from the back as something goes flying; that’s bumpy Christchurch roads for you. Now we are passing paddocks with little spring lambs (oh, so cute), and a lot of diggers and trucks (not so cute).

As we approach our first stop I find myself in charge of the CD player. OK, music on, then “flick that switch” says Sarah: a blast of music bursts from outside the van. Cool! I feel like we are an ice cream van piping out music to herald our arrival.

We get set up, and on come the first lot of kids. Sarah is helping the kids find what they want; trains and fairies seem to be the top choices today. I’m in charge of the issues/returns/ everything desk; I busily discharge the returns, while everyone makes their choices. This is bliss basking in the sun behind the desk; I can’t say I’ve ever been able to do that at any other library. We say bye to the first stop; time to head to the next stop.

Photo of the interior of the Mobile Library van
Shiny new books on the Mobile Library

There are cars for miles, and then I spot them: two cones strategically placed at the school gates. Sarah whizzes in to the park. School’s out, and it’s all go. Mums, Dads and kids all file in; time for their weekly library fix. Zip zap goes the issues machine: books, DVDs and magazines galore. Most of the kids have their own book bags, although Mums and Dads come in handy when they are filled and heavy.

3:30 and the school rush is over.

I now get chance to have a look around. I’m amazed at how they fit a bit of everything for everyone in: oh, look, a dog training book – just what I need. It all seems quite shiny and new. Sarah explains that because the Mobiles are the smallest libraries in the network they try to keep the best stock on board. The stock gets changed regularly to keep it all fresh and is also changed for different stops, depending on the customers’ tastes.

I had fun today working on the Mobile Library and definitely recommend you stop in for a visit. Check out the timetable for times and locations.

Tania
Library Assistant
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This week in Christchurch history ( 9 September – 15 September)

12 September 1910
G.W. Skellerup founds Para Rubber Company, New Zealand’s first retail rubber goods business at 175 Manchester Street. Christchurch soon became the centre of the rubber industry in New Zealand.

Street view of Para Rubber Company Ltd shop, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1959/3235-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/30645364
Street view of Para Rubber Company Ltd shop, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1959/3235-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/30645364

13 September 1851
Meeting held to discuss the establishment of a Jockey Club.

13 September 1877
Christchurch Girls High School (designed by Thomas Cane) opens on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue. The school moved to its present Cranmer Square site in 1881. The original school is now part of the Arts Centre.

Christchurch Girls' High School, Armagh Street, Christchurch [192-?]
Christchurch Girls’ High School, Armagh Street, Christchurch [192-?]
13 September 13, 1882
Woolston Town Board formed.

14 September 1976
Inter-island ferry service from Lyttelton ends with the last sailing of the Rangatira.

14 September 1985
Canterbury loses Ranfurly Shield to Auckland after a 3 year reign. Final score 28-23.

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

More September events in the Chronology.