Kia ora Christchurch City Libraries’ customers!

If you think our libraries are pretty busy when you visit, you’re right.
Here’s some hot-off-the-press statistics from the 2014/15 business year:

  • 4.46 million items were issued
  • 3.7 million people visited
  • Just under 870,000 enquiries were answered
  • Over 105,000 programme attendances
  • 6.45 million website visits
  • 1.65 million digital content transactions

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What makes us really smile is this quote from a happy customer who completed the recent Libraries Customer Satisfaction Survey :

My library card is one of my most valuable possessions. Having access to a library means I always have a source of information, entertainment and sanctuary. I am rich indeed.

Kia ora to all our customers, and if you haven’t gone to the LibrarySide yet – come along, we’d love to you to join us.

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2015’s Community Read with local author Rachael King

Community Read 2015 Magpie Hall

2015: One book, one community

Magpie Hall by Rachael King

This August, Christchurch City Libraries invites you to read, share and discuss Magpie Hall by Rachael King.

Unlimited copies of the Magpie Hall eBook will be available to borrow for the whole of August from our Wheelers eBook platform! Thanks Wheelers and publishers Penguin Random House.
Reserve now.

Take a walk with us on the dark side, as we explore family secrets, taxidermy, Victorian tattooing, and Gothic novels.

I absolutely loved this book. It had a wonderfully familiar setting in the Canterbury foothills somewhere, mixing family history mysteries with the pressures of modern life. I was spellbound.

Magpie Hall by Rachael KingFind out more

Community Read 2015 author talk

Book Chat, Tea and Tales with award-winning author Rachael King
Friday 7 August At South Library
11am to 12pm

Community Read 2015 Performance

Join the Court Jesters as they improvise themes from Magpie Hall
Friday 7 August at South Library
7.30pm to 9pm

For more information phone (03) 941 5140

Nurses at war – Anna Rogers at South Library, Saturday 25 July

Cover of While you're awayWe know quite a lot about  New Zealand men at war. Less is known about the lives of military nurses. Anna Rogers, author of While You’re Away: New Zealand Nurses at War 1899–1948, will talk about the contribution made by these remarkable women and speak about three nurses – two of them from Canterbury – who served overseas in South Africa, the First World War and the Second World War.

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Nona Mildred Hildyard, Canterbury Times, 10 November 1915, Kete Christchurch HildyardNM.jpg

More about Nurses at war

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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 History Images from Kete Christchurch

Family 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.

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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.

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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.