When 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.
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.
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.
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)
If it’s a nice autumn day, explore the Kids Discovery Trail at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. (free)
Our Big Bargain Book Sale is underway. On Friday 11 March (today) it goes from 9am to 7pm, and tomorrow (Saturday 12 March) it is on from 9am to 4pm. It’s at the Pioneer Leisure and Recreation Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. When we say there is something for everyone, we ain’t kidding.
Things you need to know:
You can pay by EFT-POS or cash only (no credit cards or cheques)
Most adults’ books are $3 (except for selected premium art, landscape and gardening books, and most New Zealand books, which are at marked prices)
Books for kids and teens are $1
Magazines are 10 for $1
Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, talking books etc are $3
Tables are regularly replenished with new supplies
We supply plastic library bags for free, but you might also like to bring you own shopping bags, suitcase, etc.
It’s superawesome and it is highly likely you will find something to take home and enjoy
The Annual Christchurch City Library Book Sale is on again. It’s book buying time again. Yeehah! Diary 11th/12th March and remember the tables are constantly reloaded, so going after work doesn’t mean you miss out. On Friday, they close at 7 pm.
I thought when I started working in the libraries that my mania for reading, borrowing and owning books would calm down … it has, a smidge. Nowadays I keep myself for the one book sale a year. Last year I promised Mr Bishi that I would restrict myself to non-fiction as we still haven’t read some of the fiction I purchased a couple of years ago and all the bookcases are bulging. The look of disbelief and the resigned note of his voice were uncalled for I felt.
Undaunted I headed for Pioneer Stadium and the travel and cooking sections and with neck crooked at a suitable angle and decent sized box ready at my feet I went searching. I was hoping for Slow by Alison Gofton a really good slow cook book I had borrowed but desperately wanted to own. Found a copy too! … And all the other books that tickled my fancy of course.
On one of my many raids at the Library Book Sale I noticed the woman in front of me was picking up the very books I would have gone for if she hadn’t been in front of me. What to do? We had words … nice words. Turns out she too worked on the eyecatching ways of my sort of cover unless she knew and liked the author already. We agreed to trawl different aisles. It seemed to be the most civilised outcome.
The magazines are so cheap, worth buying just for the sudoku and crossword puzzles that haven’t been done because our customers respect that it’s a borrowed item and the articles of course. 10 for a dollar I call that excellent value. CDs, DVDs $3. Get that book the kids love that you constantly borrow but would love to own for $1.
And if you are a Friend of the Library (subscriptions in by 28th February) you get to go to the Sale Preview and pre-purchase and help your Libraries at the same time.
In the meantime, will I see you at the world famous in Christchurch Annual book sale? Do you have this thing about owning books as well as borrowing them? Don’t be ashamed you are not alone. Come to the sale and see just how many of us there are.
Library scavenger hunt – quizzes, Chinese Zodiac Challenge and lantern riddles: simple quizzes to get to know your library, make a quest on the Chinese Zodiac, solve the Chinese lantern riddles to get your brain exercised.
Chinese New Year Colouring in: great for adults and kids.
A display on researching Chinese family history in New Zealand – interesting historical photos, articles from family history databases, research done by library family history expert – looking into the life of early Chinese settlers in New Zealand.
Bilingual storytelling: bilingual stories from library staff on Chinese New Year, learn simple Mandarin and get your body moving.
Upper Riccarton Library Saturday 20 February Technology taster – 3D printing, 3D pen to make your own creation;
Shadow puppet show – taste this wonderful Chinese tradition and get to know the Monkey King from the famous Chinese novel “Journey To The West”;
Quiver – bring your colouring alive;
Craft – make your own lanterns
6 February is Waitangi Day, a public holiday which commemorates the signing in 1840 of the Treaty of Waitangi between Māori and representatives of the British Crown. All Christchurch City Libraries branches will be closed on Saturday 6 February. Some libraries will be open on Monday 8 February.
Saturday 6 February – closed
Sunday 7 February – open normal hours
Monday 8 February – Waitangi Day observed. Fendalton, Te Hāpua: Halswell, Shirley, South, and library phone service open from 10am to 4pm.