Recent necrology, August 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Cover of Native Birds of New ZealandDavid Hallett, 1955-2016
    One of New Zealand’s best bird photographers and photographer for The Press
  • Gene Wilder, 1933-2016
    American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director and author

따뜻한 커피 한잔이 행복한 2016년의 봄

수선화가 꽂힌 테이블에 앉았습니다. 따뜻한 커피 한 잔이 고맙습니다. 작은 미소와 따뜻한 행복이 참 좋습니다.

이른 봄날에 소개 하고 싶은 OverDrive를 이용한 전자 책입니다.

Cover of 법륜·혜민, 님들이 생각한 말

법륜.혜민님들이 생각한 말 – 김옥림

무엇을 해야 하는지, 어떻게 살아야하는지, 삶의 불안을 느끼는 이, 사람은 무엇으로 사는가에 대한 물음에 갈망하는 이…… 항상 사람들에게 명쾌한 삶의 길을 제시하는 법륜스님과 젊은 혜안에서 건져 올린 따뜻하고 부드러운 해법의 혜민스님의 혜안에서 나온 삶의 해법서입니다.

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자존감 높이기 – 정동섭

자신의 장단점을 있는 그대로 그 자체로 사랑할 수 있어야 한다. 자신이 어떤 사람인지 누구인지에 대한 걱정을 내려놓을 때 그제야 내면의 잠재력이 하나씩 밖으로 나온다. 그렇게 되면 비로소 성장하고 다른 사람을 도울 수 있다. 그리고 행복해진다.” –저자서문에서

하늘과 바람과 별과 시 – 윤동주 시인이 1941년 연희전문학교시절 출간하려했던 시 19편이 수록되어 있습니다.

Cover of 스파이더맨의 비애 : 좌충우돌 사춘기 두 아들과의 마주이야기스파이더맨의 비애 : 좌충우돌 사춘기 두 아들과의 마주이야기– 저자 홍장임은 평범한 가정주부로 독자와 함께 공유하는 그녀의 생활 속 이야기. 두아이의 엄마가 그리는 평범하지만 특별한 자녀양육 이야기입니다. 마주이야기는 대화의 순 우리말입니다.

새로운 Christchurch City Libraries소식지를 지금 도서관에서 만나실 수 있습니다. “Uncover”는 일년에 4 발행되는 계간지입니다. 무료로 배포되는 “Uncover”는 도서관 행사소식 뿐만아니라 다양한 이야기를 담고있습니다.

오는 주말에는 아이들과 함께 도서관에 들러 Super Saturday Storytimes에 참여해 보세요. 그리고 수선화가 피기 시작한 헤글리공원을 걸으며 봄을 느껴보면 어떨까요!

Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday

Roald Dahl Day is coming up again on 13th September it is extra special this year. If Roald Dahl were still alive he would be celebrating his 100th birthday!

Roald Dahl

There are heaps of special events taking place all over the world, and of course we are celebrating at Christchurch City Libraries.

Have a look at our events to celebrate Roald Dahl.

He wrote so many wonderful books that children and adults alike love. Quite a few of his books were made into movies, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Witches, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG have had two different movie versions. We were lucky to have a special preview of The BFG movie and it was absolutely fantastic!

There are lots of different ways that you can enjoy Roald Dahl’s stories in the library. We have paper books, eBooks, audiobooks, and DVDs, so you can get Roald Dahl stories any time of the day or night.

Check out all the Roald Dahl stories that we have in the library and make sure you also check out the Roald Dahl website. There is heaps of information about Roald Dahl as well as activities, games and quizzes that you can do.

More Dahl stuff

Orana Park: Picturing Canterbury

Giraffe at Orana Park
Giraffe at Orana Park. Kete Christchurch, Orana_Park.JPG. Entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt, CC-BY-NA-SA-3.0 NZ.

This lovely close-up of a giraffe being fed at Orana Park reminds us of the pleasure that the park has given Canterbury since its opening in September 1976.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present.   Anyone can join and contribute.

Celebrating New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2016 新西兰中文周

The Chinese language has a reputation for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to master. If you have learned Chinese, you can literally talk to nearly 1.2 billion people, which is around 16% of the world’s population.

To prepare you for New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2016 next week (12-18 September), I thought these words and phrases might guide you into the wonderful and rather complex world of Mandarin Chinese.

About the Chinese language

Cover of My first Mandarin Chinese phrasesPinyin is the official phonetic system for transcribing the Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet.

Four tones of Mandarin Chinese – each Pinyin has four tones and each tone often represents one or more characters, this is probably one of the hardest parts of learning Mandarin Chinese.

Basic words and phrases

English Character Pinyin Tones
Hello 你好 nǐ hǎo Both 3rd  – falling then rising
Thank you 谢谢 xiè xiè Both 4th tone – falling
Goodbye 再见 zài jiàn Both 4th tone- falling
Free (no charge) 免费 miǎn fèi 3rd+4th – Falling rising + falling
One 1st tone – high & level
Two èr 4th tone – falling
Three sān 1st tone – high & level
Okay 好的 hǎo de 3rd + no tone – falling then rising + no tone (short sound)
Christchurch 基督城 jī dū chéng 1st+1st+2nd – high & level + high & level + rising
Library/Libraries 图书馆 tú shū guǎn 2nd +1st+3rd – rising + high & level + falling then rising
Useful phrases
Hen gao xing ren shi ni!    很高兴认识你!  Nice to meet/know you!
Xin nian kuai le!         新年快乐!     Happy New Year!
Wo hen xi huan!         我很喜欢!     I really like it!
Yi lu ping an!            一路平安!     Have a safe journey!
Shen ti jian kang!        身体健康!            Wish you good health!
Wan shi ru yi!           万事如意!     Everything goes well as your wish!

Traditional and Simplified Chinese

Traditional and Simplified Chinese refer to the written text of Chinese characters. Traditional characters, as the name suggests, had traditionally been used for many years since ancient China. Nowadays they are most commonly used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Simplified characters evolved and were adopted after the establishment of today’s P. R. China in 1949, so you could call it a relatively “modern form”.  They are mainly used in mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia. Here is a quick comparisons of both forms:

Traditional Simplified
  (happy)
  (horse)
 (grandpa)

The debate on the use of traditional and simplified Chinese characters is ongoing. Supporters from both sides would argue over the political and cultural implications, as well as practicality and personal preferences.

Chinese language resources at Christchurch City Libraries:

New Zealand Chinese Language Week events at Christchurch City Libraries

Tai chi
Head along to a Tai Chi demonstration at Papanui Library during NZ Chinese Language Week

There are a number of Chinese-themed events taking place at our libraries during New Zealand Chinese Language Week, including bilingual storytimes, a tai chi demonstration and fun craft activities.

See our online calendar for New Zealand Chinese Language Week events

读书破万卷, 下笔如有神 (Ample reading produces fluent writing)杜甫

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