Find family without leaving your couch with MyHeritage

Exciting news on the family history front. Until now because of licence restrictions customers have always had to come into a library to access online family history eResources like Ancestry and Find My Past.

MyHeritage logoNow from the comfort of your own couch you can surf our newest genealogical eResource – MyHeritage during ad breaks while watching the Bachelor, or Campbell Live. It is a great way to kick-start finding those random relatives and construct that family tree for future generations.

Are you to the ‘manor born’? Or are you like me – ‘bog born’? Was your family “upstairs” or “downstairs”? The answers lie within MyHeritage and other family history resources from Christchurch City Libraries.

Begin the hunt!

Our eBook smorgasbord

With the popularity of OverDrive it is easy to forget two other gems in our eBook library crown – Askews and Wheelers. Now that people are increasingly comfortable with eBooks and the associated processes it is time to bring these two in from the shade and have a play! Let us have a look:

Askews eBooks

KTT Askews 1Askews is based in the UK, so has a wide range of fiction and nonfiction content with a focus on British content, titles and authors. Some of the titles are now no longer in print, so life has been breathed back into them by becoming an Askews eBook. There are nearly 3,000 fiction and nonfiction titles ranging from Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall to Joan Collins raving about her passionate life. Oh dear.

Wheelers eBooks

9781927147344This is our own eBook platform from Aotearoa New Zealand. Its strength is New Zealand content. From Margaret Mahy to Maori and New Zealand concerns and stories – you will find it all here in digital format just waiting for you to download.

Take time to explore these two. They look and contain eBook content that is different from their older and larger American big brother OverDrive. All you will need is your library card number and a password/PIN.

The rebranding of Funding Information Services

For some time now Funding Information Services with their three databases: FundView, Breakout and Corporate Citizen have been providing individuals, groups and businesses with funding contacts and data. This has not changed, but after a rebrand their names have.

Funding Information Services is now Generosity NZ and all three databases we get from them have undergone a name change as well. KTT Funding Information Service

  • Breakout is now givME for individual funding
  • Fund View is now givUS for group funding
  • Corporate Citizen is now givER for corporate giving

You can use these eResources to seek funding using your library card number and password/PIN from home or in libraries. If you are in need of support Generosity NZ as a registered charity can help connect givers and grant seekers.

Chinese eMagazines with Dragonsource!

db-Dragonsource-CKEY875150Dragonsource is the latest electronic offering to our customers – specifically those who can read and understand Chinese!

Dragonsource offers hundreds of free up to date eMagazines covering a wide variety of topics in both simplified and traditional Chinese characters. The eMagazines can be read and searched. You can also download some titles and listen to the audio version.

What you can do with each eMagazine does vary. If you can understand Chinese, have a look today and spread the word.  All you need is your library card number and password/PIN.

也许您正怀念在中国时每期必读的杂志, 也许您一直关心着有关中国的政治, 财经, 文化和时事, 也许您正鼓励您的孩子多读中文以强化他们与中国和中国文化的联系, 那么请登陆Dragonsource (龙源) – 您所有的问题和需要或许都可以在这里得到解决!

龙源数字阅读平台用简体字和繁体字向您提供丰富的综合性人文大众类期刊, 内容涵盖时政 热点, 商业财经, 科学科技, 文学艺术, 教育教学, 健康养生, 娱乐时尚等领域。热门期刊如<读者>, <凤凰周刊>, <支点>, <南方人物周刊>通常与印刷版同步推出, 您既可点击杂志封面又可直接汉字搜索主题或作者查询文章和杂志。您还可根据阅读喜好和需求选择原貌版, 文本版或语音版。原貌版原版原式, 图文并茂, 绚丽多姿;文本版文章可搜索复制,支持单篇阅读; 语音版支持部分期刊在线试听和下载。

Changes to our music eResources

db-MusicOnline-CKEY662822Access to Freegal will cease at the end of this month. There are still a number of ways in which to get your groove on at Christchurch City Libraries. These include:

Music Online: A truly huge catalogue of music. Includes streaming audio of classical, popular, and world music, opera, and jazz. Music Online allows you to cross search: American Song; Classical Music Library; Contemporary World Music; Jazz Music Library; Popular Music Library and Smithsonian Global Sound.

Naxos Music Library: the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than one and a half million tracks of both standard and rare repertoire and is continually updated. Jazz, world, and pop/rock are also represented in this eResource.

Oxford Music: for all your music reference queries.

All you need to access the above musical resources are your password/PIN and a need to escape this cold world and float away on a few magical music notes!

The newspaper that foresaw the war? :The Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

KTT Daily MailDescribed by the New Yorker as “the newspaper that rules Britain”, the Daily Mail has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896. Nowhere is this more obvious than during the First World War. Before the start of the war the editor, Lord Northcliffe campaigned for German power to be curtailed and predicted war. His influence on public opinion was so strong that it was believed that a German war ship was sent to shell his country home in Kent in an attempt to assassinate him – shells did fall near his house.

Once the First World War had commenced, Northcliffe wrote an article criticising the national hero Lord Kitchener for ordering the wrong sort of shells for trench warfare. Northcliffe’s wartime criticism would see copies of the Daily Mail burnt on the floor of the London Stock exchange. In time though his criticism proved correct and pressure from the revelations would see the resignation of the then Prime Minister H. H. Asquith (The actress Helena Bonham Carter’s Great-Grandfather) and the appointment of a new PM, David Lloyd George. The Germans acknowledged Northcliffe’s part in their downfall by striking a bronze ‘hate medal’ of him.

You can read the thoughts, motivations and feelings of all those involved in this heartbreaking time period using  The Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004.  All you need is your library card number and password/PIN

This may be one of our lesser known eResources, but for an understanding on the build-up and reaction to the First World War at ground level, then it remains a gem.

To read or not to read that is the question: Overdrive’s Big Library Read!

KTT The big library ReadNow we all know that eBooks are now an accepted and popular way to experience the written word. What better way to experience this phenomenon than with a global love-in and read-in with the Bard?

As of right now you can go to the OverDrive website and check out Shakespeare Saved My Life : Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates as part of the Big Library Read. The Big Library Read allows unlimited check outs until the end of March on a selected eBook in OverDrive libraries the world over. For example, somewhere in Ireland a beautiful Irish Colleen is reading this eBook just as you could be! Cosmic!

The eBook itself looks fabulous. Kirkus reviews calls it:

An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon.

Basically the eBook is about how a Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer called Laura Bates decides to teach Shakespeare in solitary confinement. Here she creates an unlikely bond with Larry Newton, a convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and an agile mind on his shoulders. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships.

Sounds brilliant. All you need is your library card number and password/PIN and you will have a happy alternative to watching that horrendous TV programme The Bachelor NZ which I definitely do not watch…

Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992 : laughter through the tears?

PNCH-1917-0131-0005-FHow did Punch, the world’s most celebrated magazine of humour and satire deal with the difficult subject of World War One? The Punch Historical Archive provides an interesting example of how comedy could be employed in a cathartic role against the fear and grief caused by the war on the home front.

When the war started Punch was very pro-war, making fun of some of the key figures in the conflict such as Austria and the Kaiser. As the war drags on though the imagery shifts from sharply satirical cartoons of a bloodthirsty Kaiser to a touching picture of a wistful Tommy in the trenches as the civilian population begins to get increasingly disillusioned. Punch took its lead from its readership as the war dragged on and the change in its content and world famous cartoons reflect this. Some said it started to stick to safer topics such as the social cost of the war with weedy degenerate shirkers and inappropriately dressed women (i.e. as men) who had entered the workforce becoming the new targets.

If you are looking for a different vision of World War One then this archive is a great place to start for researchers and students. Have a gander today and read through a magazine that aimed to keep the home fires burning in the most desperate of circumstances.

See our page on WW100 commemorations.

Freegal Friday: Old and new

Christchurch music lovers – every week get your Freegal on and download your three free music MP3s.

Bobby Womack Cover of Fiona Apple Cover of Squeeze me Cover of Black Messiah Cover of Ginny Blackmore Cover of Meghan Trainor

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