Innovative collaboration and a Living wall

A great project between members of the Library Programme Design and Delivery team in collaboration with Department of Conservation and Fab Lab in Christchurch meant we could utilise our 3D printer to produce and contribute panels to the “Living Wall” project.

Elizabeth Guthrey from DOC.
Elizabeth Guthrey from DOC.

Various community groups and organisations such as local schools and businesses that have access to 3D printers have been asked to contribute panels to this wall. It will eventually be planted up with native plants and situated on the corner of Cashel and High Street in Christchurch’s central city.

Elizabeth Guthrey (the project leader pictured above) explains that urban green walls and roofs provide habitats for plants and animals, supporting nature in our city. They create shelter, shade and cool cityscapes for a more liveable urban environment for people. The proven positive effects on people’s wellbeing mean green spaces are a must-have in urban regeneration. This particular wall is tipped to be around 20 metres long and remain in place for around two years or more. The picture below provides an indication of how the wall may look when complete.

From the PDD team’s perspective, it is great to get involved in initiatives that contribute to our city’s regeneration and it has certainly been a fantastic trial for our little Makerbot 3D printer – which so far hasn’t missed a beat.

urban-living-wall-designBlog_post

Danny
South Learning Centre

An electronic marriage – Origins and Find My Past

Christchurch has a large array of electronic, print and people resources for those wishing to discover their family history whether it be a lost branch of a family tree, a birthplace or a story. The family history electronic resources are very popular for those just starting out on their search or for those looking for that one random link that can make everything fall into place.

Due to this any changes to those resources can see a flurry of questions so please be aware that Origins has disappeared! Origins specialised in unusual and often hard to find British and Irish records. Its many early records include rare marriage indexes, apprentices and poor law records. All this information is not lost, it has just been “consumed” by Find My Past. The merger will see all of the Origins information including the National Wills Index combined with the Find My Past material into a mega family history resource under the Find My Past banner.

So one search and more results – just another way your life is getting easier (online anyway).

Older man at PC

Have a play and find the black sheep in your family today.

You are feeling very sleepy …

Relief from snoring and sleep apnoeaSleep was something that I never had to think about, I went to bed and I went to sleep – end of story.  Those days are sadly gone, I go to bed … I lie awake, or I sleep and wake up … and then lie awake! Thankfully, at this stage I am not a snorer and I don’t have Sleep Apnoea. This is where you wake up feeling like you haven’t been asleep, your partner has possibly moved to another room with ear plugs, and worryingly your snoring and sleep apnoea is affecting your health.

South Library is hosting Tess Graham, a physiotherapist and author of Relief from snoring and sleep apnoea : a step-by-step guide to restful sleep and better health through changing the way you breathe, on Thursday 5 March. The library has her book plus a number of other titles that could prove useful. 

The only other time in my life where sleep evaded me was when I had wakeful babies. There is so much advice about the best way to get your baby to sleep and as you can imagine many a book has been written on the subject.  When I had my children the common belief was to leave them to cry. Those days have gone, and books on the subject now talk about being guided by your child, establishing routines and trusting your instincts.

Black MoonHowever feel grateful that there isn’t an epidemic as in Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun which causes people to completely lose the plot when they are infected with a bug that causes permanent insomnia.  This book will make you feel grateful for the occasional sleep loss and is a good dystopian read with plenty of action.

 

 

More of The Press on Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 93 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

The latest additions are good for your Christchurch historical explorations. Copies of The Press from 1929 to 1935 have been added. Critical years of The First World War – 1915 to 1917 – have been added to the run of The Star.

The Press 1935

See The Press, Volume LXXI, Issue 21652, 10 December 1935, Page 2

 

크리이스트 쳐치 시립 도서관의 올 설날 행사

올해의 크라이스트 시립 도서관 설날 행사를 확인하세요

Chinese New Year postcard

Fendalton Library: 금요일, 3시 – 5시, 2월 20일 2015

민속 공연을 즐기실 수 있고 연등 만들기 와 여러분의 띠로 알아보는 올해의운세를 확인하세요.

Upper Riccarton Library: 토요일, 10시 45분 – 3시 30분, 2월 21일 2015

사자 탈춤의 시작과 함께 공식 행사가10시 45분 에서 11시에 시작되고 계속해서 민속 공연과 연등 만들기 그리고 여러분의 띠로 알아보는 올해의운세를 알아보세요. 만들기 시간과 다양한 행사에 가족과 함께 참여해보세요.

Central Library Peterborough: 일요일, 10시 30분 – 2시, 2월 22일 2015

민속 공연을 즐기시고 연등 만들기에도 참여하세요. 마오리 깃털 코트 만들기 시간도 마련했습니다.

Lunar New Year Celebrations at Christchurch City Libraries – 20 to 22 February 2015

The Year of the Sheep begins on Thursday 19 February 2015. Find out about the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations which are taking place at Christchurch City Libraries this year.

Chinese New Year postcard

Where and when

Performances

Performances will include (in no particular order):

  • Chinese Lion Dance (Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team Christchurch)
  • Japanese Drum (Canterbury Japanese Drum Group TAKUMI)
  • Chinese traditional instruments, dance and songs (Christchurch Fellowship of Song, Dance and Drama; Christchurch Zhong Hua Chinese Society; Elder Fitness Group)
  • Traditional instruments – Yaogu (percussion musical instrument), Erhu (two stringed fiddle), Guzheng (Chinese plucked zither), Hulusi (free reed wind instrument), Flute
  • Chinese Kung Fu sword
  • Mexican dance (Mexican community)
  • Blue and White Porcelain Dance (Christchurch Fellowship of Song, Dance and Drama)
  • New Year story telling
The Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team dragon
The Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team dragon at Upper Riccarton Library , January 2012,
Flickr, CCL-2012-01-23-UpperRiccartonLibrary

Family fun craft sessions and activities

  • Face painting
  • Māori feather cloak making using paper
  • Tea ceremony
  • Lantern making
  • Dough sculpture
  • Chinese zodiac animals

Learn more about Chinese New Year and our Chinese language resources.

Reading to dogs

Christchurch City Libraries Reading to Dogs programme is designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading.

Reading to dogs

The programme uses rescue-dogs who are now the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Control team. These furry friends have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament.

Library staff and a dog handler will be present at all times to help facilitate the sessions.

South Library 66 Colombo Street
Wednesdays 3.30pm – 4.30pm, starting February 11th

Papanui Library 35 Langdons Road
Thursdays 3.30pm – 4.30pm, starting February 12th
Each session is 15 minutes long. Bookings are essential, please call 941 7923

See our calendar of Reading to Dogs events.

Reading to dogs

More about Reading to Dogs

Our dogs:
• Can increase a child’s relaxation while reading
• Listen attentively
• Do not laugh, judge or criticise
• Allow children to proceed at their own pace
• Can be less intimidating than a child’s peers

Reading aloud is critical when children are learning. However, many children have difficulties reading and become self conscious when reading in front of their peers. Libraries and schools around the world have found that by sitting down and reading to a friendly dog, a child’s fear of being judged or laughed at ‘over mistakes’ disappears. Over time, the child’s reading ability and self-confidence improves and they begin to associate reading with a pleasant experience.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho – to Linwood we will go!

How to get a jobIt’s that time of the year when our minds turn reluctantly from puddings to jobs: the getting of them, the keeping of them and the changing of them.

Make a start with our Online Career Help Resources. Then have a look at Getting a Job which will yield 219 items. Most are for adults (which is to be expected), but there are 24 for children and only 4 specifically for teenagers which is a little odd. Perhaps by the teen years parents have given up on child labour and are just biding their time. Here’s a few of my favourites:

  • What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. I’ve actually used this book, and look at the job I landed! If you can sweep aside some of the American tweeness, it is jam-packed with hints and is very positive in its approach. It also comes with a version for teens and (is there to be no respite?), I see there is one for retirement as well.
  • Happy@WorkHappy @ Work by Jim Donovan. Not happy at work? Before you dump what you’ve got, have a look-see for ways to improve it. This book, with its jaunty cover hinting at the possibility that all I need is a new coffee mug, has an upbeat approach and is a popular read.
  • Maybe you do just need a break. How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson is a droll look at slowing right down that may just kick-start your What Do I Really Want From Life neurons in unexpected ways.
  • And I can’t resist giving a plug to this children’s book: How to Get a Job, by Me the Boss. A sort of “out of the mouths of babes’ approach”. After all, let’s not lose our sense of humour here!

But wait, there’s more. This week, Linwood Library amps it right up with their CV and Cover Letter Week. All week, Linwood staff will be available to help with your CV, cover letter, e-mailing your application and more. It’s a great idea – just book yourself an appointment with your very own librarian by phoning 941-7923.

Finally, it’s not a proper job hunt until it has its own signature tune, so here goes: Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho … and good luck!

Time to vote on Halswell library, pool and community facility’s new name

Thanks for all your excellent suggestions on a name for the new library, pool and community facility in Halswell. We now have a shortlist. You can vote for one of these six options:

  • The All’s Well Centre
  • Community Spirit
  • The Halswell Centre
  • Halswell Manawa (manawa to mean heart)
  • Heart of Halswell
  • The Well

You can vote now until Sunday 8 February at www.ccc.govt.nz/YouNameIt. The person or people whose suggestions get the most votes will receive a pass to any Christchurch City Council pool. The announcement of the winning name is scheduled for March, when the results will go to the Riccarton–Wigram Community Board for the final decision.

Read the media release: Pick your favourite name for the new Halswell facility

Halswell-landscape

Minecraft with Thorrington Primary

This Minecraft 8 week course ran during Term 4 and was a collaboration between 30 Thorrington Primary students, a very enthusiastic teacher “Mr Scurr”, and staff here at South Learning Centre. The idea was to have the students create an entire world together from scratch using Minecraft. Used in this way, Minecraft has proven to be a very valid and engaging educational tool.

The content was aligned to the school curriculum and supported the key competencies of “Relating to Others”, “Thinking” and “Self-management” in the same way as a traditional unit of work with the the added benefit of the students being hugely enthusiastic right from the start. Below is a sample video of reflection which each of the 10 “build” groups produced.

As well as this video reflection, each of the students wrote weekly pre- and post- session “padlets” outlining what they wanted to achieve and how they actually managed at the end. These “padlets” were incorporated into the class blog and linked to their own individual blogs that captured their experiences. Thecan be viewed on the main blog. You can link to the students individual blogs from here.

Photos of the students at work.

Minecraft
Minecraft. December 2014. Flickr: 2014-12-P1040617

This course was the first of its kind for both Thorrington Primary and South Learning Centre and was a huge success. Courses such as this one are referred to as Horizons programmes and can be booked by schools by contacting the team at South Learning Centre.

Danny
South Learning Centre