Mango Languages Online gets juicier

Ever wanted to learn a new language online or improve your English skills from the comfort of home? We  have your answer in Mango. It has undergone an upgrade and now provides access to over SIXTY languages for free! If you want to seduce your partner with sweet Italian phrases or travel to a foreign country and converse with locals then Mango is for you. The languages you can learn include:

  • Arabic;
  • Chinese – Mandarin or Cantonese;
  • Italian;
  • French;
  • Japanese;
  • Korean;
  • Russian and many more!

Mango also has lessons for people wanting to learn English if their native language is:

  • Arabic;
  • Chinese – Mandarin or Cantonese;
  • Japanese;
  • Korean and more!

Access Mango free through the catalogue or the Source  from within libraries or at home and start chatting away in foreign languages like a native. Buona fortuna! That’s good luck in Italian my peeps!

Fresh and fabulous new titles from OverDrive

OverDrive  is our free e-book and downloadable audio book service which keeps growing in popularity and size. We are constantly adding new titles to keep up with the ferocious reading appetite of the Christchurch reading public. Items come in and within hours they are out!  Below are just some of the newbies to whet your appetite!

Come one and all to Central Library Peterborough

Hear ye, hear ye …

Come along and have fun exploring the Central Library Peterborough Christmas Market on Sunday the 8th December. We have over 15 stallholders, a sausage / samosa sizzle, and live music to add to the atmosphere. You can change your library books, wander the stalls, and do Christmas shopping –  all at the same time. We will have a wide range of jewellery, crafts, clothes, preserves, books, art and candles.

Spread the word and mark the date on your calendar. See you there.

P.S. Don’t forget to visit Central Library Peterborough to view New Zealand Illustrated: Pictorial Books from the Victorian Age exhibition before Monday the 2nd of December. It complements Eleanor Catton’s book “The Luminaries” perfectly.

Library Christmas Market

Sanitarium or health home: 1902

View in our collection

In December of 1900, Edward Halsey, a Seventh-day Adventist and baker trained at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, came to New Zealand to prepare healthy food for a small health home. He began making batches of Granola, New Zealand’s first breakfast cereal, Caramel Cereals (a coffee substitute) and wholemeal bread in a humble wooden shed in the Christchurch suburb of Papanui. These products became known as Sanitarium Health Foods. Demand began to grow outside the health home as patients wished to continue eating these products even when they were well. (from Sanitarium website)

Search DigitalNZ for Sanitarium images and articles.


We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.