Don’t forget your family, yeah

Don’t forget your roots, my friend

The ones who made you

The ones who brought you here

Don’t forget your roots, my friend, yeah

family historySix60 have a great song about family and provides the inspiration for a set of courses being held at Christchurch City Libraries during August. We are running two Family History programmes and you can choose the one that suits you. It’s all about discovering our family stories.

Getting Started: Beginners Guide to Family History

Start your family history research with this six week course that will introduce some key resources available at Christchurch City Libraries and beyond. Key life events such as births, deaths and marriages will be researched, along with sources covering migration, military and electoral information. We will be looking at online and paper-based resources.

Basic computer knowledge is needed.

Where: South Learning Centre & Central Library Manchester

When: Tuesdays, 4 August to 8 September (6 weeks)

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Cost: $15


Family HistoryFamily History Starter Series

A four week course that will introduce online resources to find information on:

  • Key life events – births, deaths and marriages
  • Living in New Zealand
  • Arriving in New Zealand
  • Where to next?

Bring along as much as you know about your family and we will help you fill in some gaps. We have tips and tricks to help you uncover your story and get you on your way.

Basic computer knowledge is needed.

Where: Linwood Library

Dates: Wednesdays 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sept, 9 Sept (4 weeks)

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Cost: $10.00

Bookings: Ring 941-7923 to book your place at either course.

If you are keen to know more check out our family history guide.

Pocket money ready! It’s children’s book sale time.

The school holidays can be a “challenging” time for parents as we all know. How best to keep the little tikes entertained?

As usual Christchurch City Libraries is offering a range of holiday programmes and Kidsfest activities but we’ve also got a book sale this week that might offer up some gems to keep your kids occupied when the weather packs in.

Our Children’s book sale is on Thursday and Friday in the Boardroom at Fendalton Library and a range of reading material for youngsters will be on offer for the bargain, low price of $1 per item.

Fiction, non-fiction, picture and board books as well as young adult titles will be available so gather up that pocket money and grab a bargain!

Children's book sale poster

The Halswell Project

Halswell Photo callBe part of a photographic documentary record of Halswell.

Willing volunteers needed to be photographed for an exhibition and inclusion in our digital heritage collection.

This year, Christchurch City Libraries have teamed up with the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts to create a photographic documentary record of the wider Halswell area. This work will be exhibited as a digital exhibition at the opening of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, in late 2015, and will feature on the Christchurch City Libraries website through the digital heritage collection.

If you’d like to be photographed for this project please leave your name and contact details with the staff at Halswell Library.

For more information, please email library@ccc.govt.nz or call 9417923.

Celebrate Matariki – and win an eReader!

Ko tēnei te wā o Matariki tāpuapua. It is the time of Matariki. Rāpare (Thursday) 18 Pipiri (June) 2015 is the start of the Māori New Year. Join the Christchurch celebrations at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday 21 June, and at Rehua Marae on Saturday 27 June.

Tell us in the comments what Matariki means to you, and then you are in the draw to win a Kobo Glo eReader! You can use your prize to enjoy our collection of eBooks and eMagazines.

Matariki

Terms and conditions

  • You must be a member of Christchurch City Libraries to be eligible to win an eReader.
  • The competition is not open to staff of Christchurch City Libraries or their immediate families.
  • The competition closes Sunday 5pm 21 June 2015.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into and prizes are not transferable.
  • Winners will be contacted by Sunday 28 June 2015.
  • If you are a winner, you consent to your name, photograph, entry and/or interview being used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.

Our website is 20 years old – Whoopee!

Happy birthday to our library website! We are 20 years old!
Have a ride on the Wayback Machine and take a look at how we looked back in 1995.

The URL back then was http://www.ccc.govt.nz/library/ and here’s the first baby photo:

1995 library website

And on her 20th birthday:

2015 website

The library website was born on 7 June 1995 (oops sorry we missed the actual big day), and she was the first public library internet presence in Australasia:

… The library’s move into the digital age was further boosted in June 1995, when the library established its first web pages. Part of the Christchurch City Council site, the library’s pages were the first public library internet presence in Australasia. In addition to providing information about the library and its services, they offered online catalogue access for the first time.

Thanks to our ever-innovative librarian Paul Sutherland for bringing that first website online, and for looking after it so well.

Browse our brief history of Christchurch City Libraries and our factsheet for more milestones, technological and otherwise.

Unwrapping the new OPAC Launch of OPACs

Celebrating Halswell Heritage – share your Halswell photos

Do you have photos that reflect life in Halswell? Would you be willing to lend them to the library for Kete Christchurch, our digital community archive?

We’d love to have them to share with the community. All contributions will be collected, digitised and returned.

Have a look at the Halswell images in Kete Christchurch.

Images from Kete Christchurch

Take your photos to Halswell Library 381 Halswell Road (corner Sparks, Halswell Roads)
or contact us:
Christchurch City Libraries
Phone 941-7923
Email library@ccc.govt.nz

Find out more about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. This new library and community facility incorporating customer service facilities and multipurpose spaces is being built on the existing Halswell Aquatic Centre site and adjacent land is scheduled to open in November 2015.

Feel free to promote this to your community:

  • Download an A3 poster [517KB PDF]
  • Download a leaflet [534KB PDF]
  • Download the rights form – please include this when submitting your photos. [136KB PDF]

How to submit your photographs

  1. You must complete a form with your full name, phone number, and postal address. If applicable please include your library card number and email address.
  2. Ensure that you read the ‘terms and conditions’ below and then sign and date your form. Each photo must be accompanied by a signed form.
  3. Place your form and photograph into an envelope available from your local library. Ensure that you write your name and contact details (phone or email) on the front of the envelope and hand your completed form to a librarian.

Your entry will be delivered to the Digital Content & Serials Team where your photograph will be scanned. You will be contacted when your photo is ready to collect from the library where you submitted this form. Please indicate which library this is in the ‘Library location’ space on the form.

Copies of all photograph entries may be displayed in libraries and uploaded to Kete Christchurch ketechristchurch.peoplesnetworknz.info

Terms and conditions

  • Each image must be accompanied by a signed form. Contact details are only required once.
  • Copies of the photograph entries may also be displayed in the library and on the Christchurch City Libraries’ websites.
  • Photos will be transferred to Kete Christchurch for display. By submitting a photo you give permission for photos to be published under the license Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand’s org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/nz/.
  • Entries that do not have full contact details on the form will not be considered.
  • Your name and images may be used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Christchurch City Libraries will not be responsible for any breaches of copyright or privacy that may occur.
  • Christchurch City Libraries reserve the right not to display all photographs.

When photographs have been scanned they will be returned to the library you submitted at, a librarian will contact you to arrange collection. Thank you for your assistance with building this community archive.

Help! I’m not sure when my books are due

Cover of SpotI’m sure all of us have had an ooh-er moment when we can’t remember when our library items are due back. However, fear not, for there are a number of ways to keep track of you and your family’s borrowing.

One way is to refer to the receipt that can be printed out when you borrow items. Some people like to stick these to the fridge so they are easy to find – or use them as a bookmark. But small pieces of paper can easily be misplaced!

Another way is to log into the ‘my account‘ feature on our website – not only can you see due dates you can also place holds and do lots of other cool stuff. Not sure of your pin/password? Contact us and we can easily get you set up. (BTW, your pin/password will also let you access our awesome eResources.)

Not near a computer? If you are in the area drop into a library or else give us a ring on 03-941-7923 – we’re always delighted to hear from you. Check out our contact us page for further details.

Additionally, if we have your up-to-date email address we will automatically drop you a courtesy email three days before your items are due. It’s a great way to get a heads up.

For further hints and tips about finding due dates and information about third party services, like Library Elf, take a look at our page all about managing your account.

Matariki — Māori New Year 2015

Matariki – the Māori New Year – takes place on Pipiri 18 June 2015. During Matariki we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth, Papatūānuku.

Our theme for Matariki 2015 is Maumaharatanga: Remembrance – Our people, our places, our past.

Celebrate Matariki

Explore our 2015 Matariki events including:

Matariki Community Art Project in the Library

Come along to any library and learn about our people, our places, and our past. Make a paper korowai maumahara (memory cloak) from stencil rubbings. Once finished, you can add it to the community art space or take it home.

Matariki Wā Kōrero – Matariki Storytimes

Join us and share stories, rhymes and songs themed around Matariki.
Suitable for tamariki aged 2 to 5 years. Sessions are 30 minutes with an art activity to follow.

See our list of Matariki Wā Kōrero – Matariki Storytimes.

Matariki storytime at Te Kete Wānanga o Ōraka
Matariki storytime at Te Kete Wānanga o Ōraka. Shirley Library. Monday 16 June 2014.
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Celebrate Matariki at the Botanic Gardens – Sunday 21 June 11am to 3pm

Join us in celebrating Matariki at the Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens. Something for everyone with displays on Matariki, kapa haka performance, interactive storytelling, community art projects and a talk with Joseph Hullen.

Find out more about Matariki at the Botanic Gardens

Whānau Fun Day at Rehua Marae – Saturday 27 June 10am to 4pm

A Whānau fun day of storytelling, stalls, information, whānau activities, and much more.

Find out more about the Whānau Fun Day

Matariki crafts
Rehua Marae, St Albans, Christchurch. Saturday 28 June 2014.
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Matariki resources at your library

KidsFest 2015

KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 4 to 18 July 2015. Book now – KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly.

KidsFest

Preschoolers ‘Have a Go’ Day – Saturday 11 July

Come on down to the ‘Have a Go’ day at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre to have a go at some of the fun activities that Christchurch City Council offers. All activities on the day are free! Includes Bubbletimes, Storytime, The Southern Centre and Tumbletimes.

Preschoolers have a go day

KidsFest at the library

2015 KidsFest events at libraries include:

Stop motion animation 8 to 12 year olds
Discover the process of producing animated movies. Plan an original story, create your own characters and craft your own movie using stop motion photography.

Minecraft 8 to 12 year olds
Minecraft game zone is a 3D gaming experience, and also sessions about Minecraft for absolute beginners.

Minecraft

Family game time
Game on! This is a chance for a family play-off using both traditional board games and online games.

Book ‘n’ Beats 10 to 13 year olds
This is an introduction to the iPad music app Garageband.

Let the book bug bite 4 to 7 year olds
Children will re-create their own bug story using a ‘story creator’ app on the iPad.

Creating comics: Who’s the star? WORD Christchurch event for 8 to 13 year olds
Creating comics: Your wonderful world WORD Christchurch event for 8 to 13 year olds
Join famous cartoonist, author and designer Sarah Laing and find out about creating cartoon characters and worlds.

NZ stories with Sharon Holt
Join award winning author Sharon Holt as she presents her Te Reo singalong books.

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Back with the future 8 to 12 year olds (and their grandparents)
Bring your family history into the future! Record a conversation between you and your grandparent/grandchild using old family photographs and the interactive story telling iPad app, Puppetpals.

Fly story Fly – Kirsty Collett
Fly Story Fly is an interactive storytelling experience that brings picture books to life

Science Alive! will be bringing their Mindball sessions to our libraries too.

See the full list of KidsFest events at Christchurch City Libraries. Bookings open 9am Tuesday 2 June.

More KidsFest events

Here’s a few events that sound awesome:

See the full list on the KidsFest website.

Find out more

Storytelling is for everyone. Always.

Everything around us, inside of us and between us does – according to science – exist of atoms. That’s one way to explain the world. I prefer it the other way. I think it exists of stories.

The Story Factor The Storytellers Way Hooked Storytime

We are constantly surrounded by stories. We don’t just read them and listen to them in the news and books, we also see them happening around us all the time. We tell stories everyday even without realising. Kids telling us what happened at school. Neighbours recounting stories about their pets. Partners talking about work. Mums repeating stories about their babies. Builders amusing each other with builder’s jokes. Customers narrating about their childhood. Buildings, parks, streets echoing the stories of the past and present. Toys, pictures, songs and our favourite objects evoking our memories. Birds, trees and mountains unfolding tales of the land and nature. Who will I encounter today and how long will you be a part of my story? Will our stories thread together? Is it going to be amusing? Is it going to be sad?

Stories have many aspects and powers. They cure, connect, entertain, support, educate, clarify, inform, enrich, amuse, impress even sell! They connect us with total strangers. Whether we are able to relate to a story or not, they offer us to slip into somebody else’s shoes and see how green the grass really is on the other side.

Therefore – stories are not just for kids. Stories are not something that rests on the bedside table  and are evoked once every now and then, to lull someone to sleep. Stories are very much alive among us. Living in a city, where everyone has a remarkable story to tell, is – at least for me – very precious. We should remind ourselves more often that these stories are our priceless taonga. We should encourage each other how to nurture and share them.

Here, at Christchurch City Libraries, we are super excited about stories. We feel very grateful to be able to host the world-class storyteller Regi Carpenter (USA), brought to Ōtautahi by Story Collective. Regi will be holding a koha based workshop on Storytelling for children today, 12th May (South Library, Sydenham room, 4-5.30pm).

If you are not yet ready to take your storytelling skills to the next level and just want to submerge yourself into an exquisite storytelling session, come and listen to her perform tomorrow, 13th May, 7.30-9pm, at the Orange Studios.

If you are totally whakama, like myself, and prefer to contemplate about storytelling out of your reading settee, than you may like to browse through our books on storytelling. You never know – you might become the scintillating part of somebody else’s story on your way to the library.