Phillipstown Kindergarten: Picturing Canterbury

Phillipstown Kindergarten, 533 St. Asaph Street, Christchurch. My brother Bryan Stretch is sitting on the verandah at storytime (with his legs outstretched) looking at the camera – instead of paying attention. 1941. Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. Kete Christchurch. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ
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New Year’s resolutions apathy: Let’s do less.

Are you having trouble being motivated to do your New Year’s resolutions?

Maybe you’re doing too much. Maybe your resolutions are all wrong.

This year I don’t feel I need to do more – but actually need to do less or at least do it more efficiently. Do you feel this way too?

Here’s some good titles to get you inspired to slow down and enjoy life:


Holiday fun at the Learning Centres

Successful holiday programmes at South and Upper Riccarton had many happy children tasting new technologies and having lots of fun.

  • Clay animation – children created fun clay characters for their animated stories.
  • Family Games Fun – online, board and action games were great challenges for all.
  • Whizz Bang Pop – lots of fun iPad story apps with complimenting craft activities to make children and parents very happy.
  • 3D Tinker Workshop – students grappled with 3D software design to create helicopters then delved further into 3D wire sculpting, paper craft and Hama beads. There were lots of new experiences.

Find out more about Library Learning Centres.

P1030473 Family Game Time 3D Doodler Pen Claymation

Sandcastles in the Sand

Summer is well and truly here so grab your bucket and spade…and spray bottle, masonry trowel, spatula, and books on sandcastle building and get down to the beach because you could carve out a sand sculpture at the Fourth New Zealand Sandcastle Competition! The competition is being held at New Brighton beach (right by New Brighton Library) on 7 February 2015. Also, buy yourself a beach bag, sounds like you’re going to need it for all that equipment.

While you’re at the competition, come in and visit the friendly folks at New Brighton Library and check out some fiction related to sandcastles. If you require some musical inspiration for your sandcastle efforts, Robin Sparkles sings the titular song of this blog.

Cover of The sand castle Book cover of Castles made of sand Book cover of Sand Castle Bay

For some pics from other Sandcastle competitions (including an alien crash on Easter Island) check out our Flickr album.