Memory bags arrive at South Library

Memory bags can be beneficial for people with dementia. The memory bags contain a selection of objects chosen to help stimulate the senses and promote reminiscing and discussion.

Memory bag number 4: Kitchen
The kitchen memory bag

The bags can be issued on a library card for four weeks. Our new memory bags have four themes:

They are located alongside the Large print collection at South Library.

Kim
Acting Team Leader Outreach and Learning

Happy birthday, Christchurch City Libraries!

Canterbury Public Library building, Circa 1903-1907, CCL Flickr

My family and I moved to Christchurch at the beginning of 2009, and one of the first things we did – as you do – was go to the library and sign up for a membership. The staff probably cringed when they saw the five of us arrive, but they were so nice and helpful and friendly, it was amazing.

We had gone into Central Library because the concept of more than one library in a town was a bit unknown to us, and after we collected our cards we set off exploring…

Storytelling pit, Children's Library
Storytelling pit, Children’s Library, Ground Floor. 1995. Flickr File Reference: Arch52-BWN-0026

Did you know there was a WHOLE ROOM just for children? An aisle of science fiction? (Our favourite) young adults had it’s own space! There were heaps of CDs and DVDs. And magazines. There was even an upstairs with a whole floor of non-fiction… It was bliss.

And when we went to the beach we found a library.  Then another one when we did grocery  shopping at Bishopdale Mall, then another one out at Diamond Harbour (where we got the best ice creams this side of Pleasant Point). After 20 years of living in small towns in New Zealand, Christchurch City Libraries was a revelation.

New Central Library
New Central Library, Flickr File reference: 2015-03-26-Plaza-Day-new

Well, we all know that the Central library built in 1982, is no more. And like a phoenix rising  from the ashes, a new library will be built on Cathedral Square. Hey, that could be a good name for it: The Christchurch Phoenix, what do you think?

So what other milestones has the library seen in it’s 157 years:

  • 26 May 1859 opens as the Mechanics Institute library, based in the Town Hall. Membership was for paying members only, and the subscription was set at one guinea per annum or seven shillings and sixpence per quarter
  • In 1863, the library moved to a new wooden building on the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Hereford Street.
  • Canterbury College took over the running of then named Canterbury Public Library in February 1874.
  • In 1920 a travelling library service to country areas was begun: boxes of books, which were changed quarterly,  were sent to places like Darfield, Mayfield, Culverden and Hinds
  • Uncle Jack (Librarian Ernest Bell) and Aunt Edna (Edna Pearce) created a children’s radio show on 3YA in the 1920s, broadcasting stories, plays, poems and songs
  • In 1948 ownership of the Library was handed over to the Christchurch City Council (after decades of wrangling, in true Christchurch fashion!)
  • 1952 – finally – free borrowing introduced
  • 1975 first computerised lending system introduced
  • 2 February 1982 the Governor-General, Hon. Sir David Beattie officially opened the new Public Library building on the corner of Gloucester Street and Oxford Terrace. Warren and Mahoney were the architects and C. S. Luney Ltd was the principal contractor for the building
  • 1989 Christchurch City Libraries starts Australasia’s first public library online catalogue
  • 1996  last card catalogue unit taken away
  • 2001 Ngā Pounamu Māori centre opened
  • 2009 150th Anniversary celebrated in many ways, including the provision of free wifi
  • 2014 Central Library demolished
  • 2017 New Sumner library due to open
  • 2018 Opening of the New Central Library

Happy birthday Christchurch City Libraries – may you have many more!

Books for babies 20th anniversary
Books for babies 20th anniversary, 2011, Flickr File reference CCL-2011-02-07-Books-For-Babies-20-P1040243

Matariki – Māori New Year 2016

Matariki – the Māori New Year – will take place on Pipiri 6 June 2016. 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 2016 is Akoranga: Teaching and learning – Te Kete Aronui: Third kete of knowledge.

Matariki

Matariki Festival at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre – Saturday 11 June

Don’t miss this free, family fun day! Storytelling, Science Alive Star Dome, arts, crafts, 3D printing, virtual reality, kapa haka and more! Find out more.

11am to 2pm
Mohoao and Hao function rooms
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
341 Halswell Road

Subscribe to the Facebook event.

Matariki Community Art Project in the Library

Come along to any library and learn about Te Kete Aronui. Take part in fun, Matariki-themed art and craft activities. Add your work to the community art space or take it home with you.

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.
Flickr 2014-06-16-DSC04495

Whānau Fun Day at Rehua Marae – Saturday 25 June

Lots of creative fun – workshops, stalls, and waiata for the whānau to enjoy.

10am to 4pm
Rehua Marae
79 Springfield Road
St Albans

Matariki crafts
Rehua Marae, St Albans, Christchurch. Saturday 28 June 2014.
Flickr 2014-06-28-IMG_0505

Browse all our Matariki events.

Other local Matariki events

Matariki in the Zone – Sunday 19 June at Anzac Drive Reserve

A Matariki event hosted by the Avon-Ōtākaro Network:

Come along to the red zone on the east side in Anzac Drive Reserve to celebrate Matariki.

  • Learn about weaving and make poi out of natural materials
  • watch carvers
  • learn about the environment and whitebait
  • make a little waka out of raupo reeds (mokihi) to take home
  • view the kids art exhibition and colour in or draw something to add to the art mural
  • grab some hangi and soup for free.

Subscribe to the Facebook event for more information.

Matariki resources at your library

Matariki colouring in

Download these colouring in pages.

Mana - colouring in Mātauranga colouring in Ngā Mahi hou colouring in Whānau - colouring in Matariki

Matariki

Posters and flyers

Matariki flyer Matariki poster Matariki Porotiti poster

Name our new facility at Sumner

Construction is due to start in August on a combined library, community facility and museum in Sumner to replace those lost as a result of the 2011 earthquakes.

The building will include a library, museum exhibition and storage space as well as a hall (with stage), and kitchen facilities.

New Sumner Community facility

The design draws inspiration from the local landscape, incorporating natural timber, the colours of the seaside and architectural features from the demolished Sumner Community Centre. The facility will open next year.

All the design decisions have been made but one crucial piece of the puzzle is still missing and you can help. We need a name for this new multi-use facility. So if you’ve got any thoughts about what we should call it, please submit your idea. Submissions are open until 12 June and the best suggestions will be open for a public vote with a winner announced in July.

We are looking for a catchy name with environmental, historical or cultural relevance to the Sumner area.

Lacking inspiration? These resources might help –

About the new facility

Online resources about Sumner

Items in our catalogue about Sumner

Science Snippets – Sounds Sensational!

Each week during term time (except the first and last week) the team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week! There is a different theme for each session and this coming week from Monday 16 May it’s Sounds Sensational.

You are sure to learn all about sound and do some fun experiments. Here are some great nonfiction books that we have in the library if you want to learn more about sound:

Here are some stories about sound and hearing to read too:

We also have some fantastic eResources with heaps of information about sound and hearing. Check these out:

  • World Book: Inventions and DIscoveries – a search for ‘sound’ gives you information about inventions that have helped to capture sound (microphones) and make sound (keyboards).
  • Britannica Library Kids – a search for ‘sound’ gives you information about sound, with different levels of information for different ages.
  • World Book Kids – a search for ‘sound’ gives you some basic information about sound, along with some suggestions for other topics you might like to look at for more information.

For more information about Science Alive’s Science Snippets check out Science Alive on our website.

Samoan Language Week – Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2016

Tālofa. Samoan Language Week 2016 will take place from 29 May to 4 June. Here at Christchurch City Libraries we are celebrating with storytimes in Samoan and a computer session.

Talofa banner

Samoan language resources

Find more information about Samoan Language Week and Samoan language on:

Posters and flyers

Samoan Language Week Samoan Language Week

Samoan songs

Watch our wonderful colleagues Tai Sila and Jan-Hai Te Ratana perform some short Samoan songs:

Sit down

 

The Colour song

Colouring in

Download our Samoan Language Week colouring in page.

Malo talofa colouring in

 

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2016

New Zealand Sign Language Week 2016 takes place next week – from 9 May.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Storytimes in New Zealand Sign Language

Come along and celebrate NZSL week with a storytime with a difference! Stories, rhymes and songs will be spoken and signed.

NZSL WeekStorytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Monday, May 9, 2016 (10 to 10:30AM)
Upper Riccarton Library

Storytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (10:30 to 11AM)
Shirley Library

Storytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (10:15 to 10:45AM)
Hornby Library

Storytimes / Wā Kōrero – New Zealand Sign Language Week
Thursday, May 12, 2016 (11: to 11:30AM)
Te Hāpua Halswell Centre

Library resources

Other resources

Ministry of Education New Zealand in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa, have produced a number of children’s Ready to Read eBooks that use NZSL. They can be purchased from iTunes (for Apple devices) or GooglePlay (for Android devices). Titles include:

  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Diary by Lynley Dodd
  • The King’s Birthday, by Dot Meharry
  • Talking to Nanny by Jo Carson-Barry

The New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children is a useful website for parents.

More about NZSL Week

NZSL Week helps promote the language and aims to raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community. It also provides the Deaf Community a chance to put their hands up and be heard, and to stand proud as Deaf as well as promoting their language and culture. Deaf Aotearoa organises this celebration of one of the country’s official languages, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

The BBC Video Collection warms our dark nights

BBC cover-tempWhen I lived in the UK as long as there was not a Tube delay due to “man under train”, bomb threats, mechanical failure or leaves on the tracks I would normally watch the BBC news. I would just get in the door in time for the familiar Beep, Beep, Beep which always comes just before the start of the news. I loved the BBC news as it was my time to collapse after work and the presenters would soothe me with their proper pronunciation, quality news reporting and interesting television. To me the BBC has succeeded in its royal charter where it must – “inform, educate and entertain”.

There can be no denying that as well as news the BBC has produced some amazing television over the years and we are now in a position to gather together some of its most viewed documentaries in one place with the BBC Video Collection.  So far I have set up a personal account so I can create a playlist which includes Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour and Terry Jones’ Barbarians. This quick list I made will guarantee that as the evenings get darker and colder I will not be reduced to watching dating or cooking shows on our own TV networks. If history is not your thing, do not despair as there are titles on engineering, music, health, business and science and a multitude of other interests. All you need to do is search, watch and relax. If Christchurch traffic tests your nerve endings much like the Tube did mine then you too can escape into the world of the BBC.

Have your say about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

What do you think of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre?

Before our new community facility, library, and pool opened in November 2015, we asked the local community what they wanted. Now we’d like to know how well we’ve met your expectations and learn what things we can improve.

Please fill out this quick survey and have your say. We’d love to hear your opinions and ideas.

Halswell preschoolers preview the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography. Flickr CCLTeHāpua-2015-11-27-Halswell—07

Things to do in the school holidays – April 2016

School holidays start on Monday 18 April – or after school on Friday 15 April. Our libraries and learning centres will be busy with animal-themed programmes and activities as well as origami, scavenger hunts, and games.

School holiday programmes

Here’s some picks – some require booking, so check them out and book in:

At libraries and learning centres

  • Toy animal sleepover – leave a toy at the library, then pick it up in the morning. There will be pics taken on the shenanigans it gets up to … (free)
  • Minecraft game zone (aimed at 8 to 12 year olds) 3D gaming experience that involves creating your virtual world and interacting with others ($7 per kid)
  • BeeBots (for 4 to 7 year olds) Kids can explore a story with a BeeBot and learn basic robotic skills. ($7 per kid)

Schoolhols

In Christchurch

  • Make Where the wild things are masks and Pet Monsters at the Christchurch Art Gallery. ($8 per child)
  • The movie is going to be played in the auditorium on Wednesday 27 April at 7pm. (gold coin entry)
  • If – like us – you are bit obsessed with that sugary delight of Pip & Pop at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Sweet Dreams (are made of these) is for you. Your kids will help create a colourful mosaic using stickers created by Tanya Schultz, the artist who made it. This event is on 10, 17 April, 8 May, and 5 June. (free, but book in)
The newest new world by Pip & Pop
The newest new world by Pip & Pop. Flickr 2015-12-20-IMG_1690
  • If it’s a nice autumn day, explore the Kids Discovery Trail at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. (free)
  • Cultural Constellations by Science Alive! is a neat experience for the whole family. You sit in the StarDome and feel like you are exploring space. ($5 per person; $20 for families of 4 or more)
  • Go for a swim at one of our local pools. (see prices)
  • Visit Christchurch’s superpopular Margaret Mahy Playground, or one of the other many cool parks. Playgrounds are listed in Find:Chch. (free)
Margaret Mahy Playground
Margaret Mahy Playground. Flickr 2015-12-23-IMG_1728

Moata’s post has great suggestions on reading and stuff to help make travelling with kids more fun and less stress. And of course your local library has plenty of CDs, DVDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks, books, mags, and stuff for kids.

We’d love to hear your ideas of things to do in the school holidays too.