Pyjama party at the library! Join us for the NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Festival

Have you ever wanted to come to the library in your pyjamas? Next week you’ll get the chance to do just that when Christchurch City Libraries celebrates the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Festival. The Festival, which runs from 17-25 May, gives children, young adults, and their families the chance to celebrate the finalist books, authors and illustrators at various events around the country.

Here in Christchurch we are running Books Before Bedtime Pyjama Parties at Papanui, Shirley and South Libraries, where children and their families can come to the library after dark and enjoy stories, craft activities and have fun with iPads.

For teens and adults we also have The Great NZ Children’s Book Quiz, a fun night where you and your friends can test your knowledge of the book awards and this year’s finalists.

One of my favourite events during Festival week is visiting local primary schools to read and promote the finalist books. As well as encouraging children to read the wonderful finalist books, we also give away heaps of books and other goodies, including holographic bookmarks. It’s tonnes of fun and the children always enjoy it.

We hope to see you at one of our events next week.

Story time

Here are the Picture book finalists

Cover of Boats Cover of The Three bears Cover of The boring book Cover of Toucan can Cover of Watch out Snail

The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre in Christchurch was designed by the firm S. and A. Luttrell for John Fuller & Sons Ltd.

Title Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. Ground Floor Plan Date Not specified Architect S & A Luttrell Physical Description Irregular shaped. 67cm at longest width, 80cm at longest length File Reference CCCPlans Majestic-4-0
Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. Ground Floor Plan, Architect S & A Luttrell, CCCPlans Majestic-4-0
Title Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. First Floor Plan. Architect S & A Luttrell CCCPlans Majestic-4-1
Title Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. First Floor Plan. Architect S & A Luttrell CCCPlans Majestic-4-1

Early reportage (from Papers Past) shows that the new theatre was a big project:

The Majestic opened 1 March 1930. The movie theatre was a venue for “talkies” as sound became a part of cinema. Majestic House also had office space and housed the Department of Labour.

1962 – you can see the Majestic to the right of this photo.
Traffic at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester Streets [ca. 1962] the Majestic Theatre is on the right. CCL PhotoCD 11, IMG0017
The Beatles played at the Majestic in 1964. After 1970, the theatre became a night club. In more recent times, it was home to a church.

Viewed from the rooftop garden on C1 Espresso.
6 December 2012. CCL-2012-12-06-IMG_0942
The Majestic

The Majestic is being demolished.
Saturday 10 May 2014. 2014-05-10-IMG_0201

The Majestic Theatre
The Majestic Theatre
Monday 19 May 2014.
Majestic Theatre

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Piano Preludes by Anthony Ritchie – free online New Zealand music

Piano Preludes are an ancient musical form, dating back to the Baroque period and Anthony Ritchie’s feature Sharon Joy Vogan on Piano.

Anthony Ritchie was born in 1960 and educated in Christchurch. He completed a Ph.D. on the music of Bartok, and studied composition with Attila Bozay at the Liszt Academy. Recently he has turned his attention to opera, completing “Quartet” for the 2004 International Festival of the Arts, and The God Boy, for Opera Otago (2004). Ritchie said:

I spent many teenage hours learning pieces from Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Debussy’s two books of preludes, and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues. So when I set about composing a large work for piano I thought of these role models before me. I decided to write my own set of 24 preludes and make a small mark of respect to these great composers, with dedications to them in No.2 (Chopin), No.13 (Debussy), No.16 (Shostakovich) and No.17 (Bach).

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.