Movie ticket giveaways for August:Osage County

Roadshow Films  and Christchurch City Libraries are giving you the chance to WIN one of 20 double passes to the movie August: Osage County.

Find out how to enter.

Thinking about e-Book devices for Christmas?

Christmas is looming large and I know there are many of you out there thinking about purchasing e-book devices. This is where we can help! Our OverDrive service is free for library members and contains over 10,000 e-book and downloadable audiobook titles just for you.

We also have a list of devices we know are compatible with the OverDrive service. So before you start shopping make sure your portable device is on the above list!

One of the more popular e-Readers are Kindles. The Kindle e-Reader from Amazon does not support Overdrive titles available from New Zealand libraries. It would prefer you to buy from Amazon. At the moment there is a trial programme in the United States between OverDrive and Amazon but it is unlikely to be available in New Zealand anytime soon.

On a positive note the Kindle Fire tablet is compatible with our collection.

So happy shopping this Christmas and feel free to pop into your local library to escape charging shoppers and Christmas music!

Meri Kirihimete – Christmas Carols for One and All

Waiata group at ChristmasThere is an event taking place in your local library sure to put a smile on your face and get you in the most festive of spirits. I challenge even the most Scrooge-like among you not to be touched by the wonderful caroling, in Te Reo, taking place in Christchurch City Libraries and the Civic Building on Hereford Street on Wednesday 18 December.

Ngā Manu Tioriori  is the Christchurch City Council waiata group. We practice throughout the year and perform at various times for events such as openings, farewells, May Music Month and Maori Language Week.

Christmas gives us a chance to spread some joy and sing a selection of classic carols and Christmas songs, from Mary’s Boy Child – in Te Reo and Spanish, to Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Silent Night.

So do come along to one of the following venues, we’ll have words if you would like to join in, which we hope you will.

Wednesday December 18

Linwood Library: 10 am

New Brighton Library: 10.40am

Papanui Library: 11.30am

Central Library Peterborough: 1.20pm

Christchurch City Council Civic Offices, Hereford Street: 2.oopm

South Library: 2.40pm

Meri Kirihimete to one and all!

This week in Christchurch history (16 – 22 December)

16 December 1864
149 years ago the foundation stone was laid for ChristChurch Cathedral. The weather was atrocious.

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20 December 1955
First Antarctic flights by USN Operation Deep Freeze from Christchurch. Browse our page on Antarctica and its Christchurch connections.

21 December 1877
New Christchurch railway station opens.

22 December 1885
Statue of William Moorhouse unveiled in the Botanic Gardens.

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

More December events in our Christchurch chronology.