Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2018

The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga is on from Monday 3 September to Sunday 9 September 2018. The Festival (formerly Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga) is a UNESCO initiative supported by the Tertiary Education Commission, and by adult and community education providers. It incorporates International Literacy Day on 8 September each year.

Here’s a list of events on in Canterbury including CWEA sessions on Japanese cooking and craftwork, fermented foods, environmental policy, and the work of the Christchurch Methodist Mission.

Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2018 events at Christchurch City Libraries

Using Your Smart Phone Monday 3 September 12.30pm to 3.30pm at South Library. Cost: $7

Learn more about your Android smart phone, how to connect to WiFi networks, download apps and browse the internet.
Places are limited – bookings required. Phone 9415140.

Technology help drop-in session Tuesday 4 September 10.30am to 11.30am at Spreydon Library. FREE, NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Free drop in sessions, no booking required. If you have a laptop, tablet, phone or eReader, we can work with you using these tools. New to computers? The Web; Email; TradeMe; Facebook; Skype; eBook readers; Spreadsheets; Word? Got a question about how to do something? We’re not boffins but we can help you out with most of the things people get stuck with at some time or other

GenConnect Tuesday 4 September 12.15 to 12.45pm at Papanui Library. FREE, NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Connecting generations by sharing knowledge. Questions about your ipad, smart phone or tablet? Want to know how to use Skype, Facebook, or share photos with family or friends? What is an app and which are the best ones Ask an expert! Come to Papanui Library where Papanui High School students will be available to help you find answers to your questions.

Chinese Technology Help Wednesday 5 September 2pm to 3pm at Upper Riccarton Library. FREE, BOOKING REQUIRED (phone 941-7923 to book)

These free book-in sessions are available to help you with specific issues such as using email, searching the internet, using the library catalogue, using electronic resources and any other general computer related queries. Bring your laptop, tablet, smartphone or use one of our desktop computers

一对一中文电脑、手机以及iPad等移动设备常见问题答疑
时间:周三下午 14:00 -15:00 (学校假期除外)
地点:71 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton
Upper Riccarton 图书馆内
收费:免费
报名方式:图书馆内报名或者电话报名
联系人:Anna
报名电话:09-941 7923

CV drop-in Thursday 6 September 10am to 11.30am at New Brighton Library

A librarian will be on hand to assist customers who are needing help with their resume. We can offer guidance on creating, updating, and editing your CV.

SAYGo Falls Prevention Exercise Class Friday 7 September 10am to 11.30am at New Brighton Library. FREE, NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Steady As You Go (SAYGo) is the exercise class designed to help older people reduce their likelihood of having a fall.

  • Simple activities, seated in a chair, standing and walking.
  • Proven to improve balance, flexibility and strength.
  • Participants feel physically better and more able.
  • Class members enjoy being with a social and friendly group of like-minded people.

Lifelong learning at your libraries

Libraries run community programmes on a wide range of topics including family history and a computers and coffee group. There are classes for adults and for families.

Check Community Connections for adults for the latest information.

Learning music with Lynda

Have you discovered our Lynda? I have.

Lynda logo

I’m struggling with music notation and learning to read music… I should have paid attention when I tried to learn at 11, because now when I’m trying to learn at 55, it’s quite painful.

It just isn’t straight forward, there are weird rules and exceptions, and it’s more mathematical than I thought it would be. Add to that, I’m looking at it from a jazz perspective and my brain not only hurts but feels numb.

I’ve got books, and I’m in a class, but I recently thought, “hey there’s that Lynda woman in our Christchurch City Libraries eResources who offers videos to learn about just about anything… I wonder what she has to offer me?”

So I got my library card and my PIN ready to go: it’s one of our resources you do have to be a  library member to use. I logged into Lynda, after finding it in the eResources section of our website.

Next, the search for ‘music’, which yielded a plethora of results from Intro to songwriting, Insider’s guide to today’s music biz, and Finding music using apple apps, and there amongst them was Music Theory.

I settled on learning musical notation and worked my way through a series of videos that I could stop, back up, repeat until some of what I was reading and practising was sinking in. There was also music theory for songwriters, improvisation and theory, and one I’m obviously not quite up to, Music Theory for Fun!

In the process, I learnt that you can adjust the skill level to suit you, as well as choose from specific authors and teachers, the length of course you want and a wealth of other limiters to make the learning truly suited to you.

But wait, you say I’m not interested in music theory.. stick with me here, because there are so many other things to learn, such as:

  • Become a Photographer
  • Publish an eBook
  • Become a Web Designer
  • Become a Motion Graphics Artist
  • Be a Small Business Owner
  • Be a Six Sigma Black Belt

So, check out our Lynda and expand your horizons… I’ll keep on with my key signatures and triads (not of the Chinese gang variety!)

Adult Learners’ Week – a time to learn something new

If you think that learning is for children or for university students, then think again. Learning is for everyone and it is possible to teach ‘an old 0dog a new trick’.

If you don’t believe me, then think about this: I’m writing a blog on a computer. Computers were around when I was at school, but they were very big, very expensive and not very fast. Blogs hadn’t been invented and if you made a typing mistake, then you either had to start all-over again, or use correction tape. Thank goodness I continued to learn new things.

For those of you who would like to learn something new, Then Adult Learners’ Week / He Tangata Mātauranga is for you. It is supported by UNESCO, the Tertiary Education Commission, and adult education course providers. It takes place from Monday 5 September to Sunday 11 September. It includes International Literacy Day which is held on 8 September.

Lifelong learning not only teaches you new skills, it helps keep the “little grey cells” active and is a way of meeting new people. Our website can connect you with e-resources, books and courses. There will be something just right for you.

International Literacy Day celebrates the fact that literacy is a human right. The library has many tools which can help you improve literacy skills and those aimed at both students and tutors.

To get yourself  started, You will find English language skills collection material in our libraries. This collection includes resources for both people with literacy difficulties and their tutors. We also have Simplified readers. These books are popular titles that have been re-written to cater for people with different levels of reading ability.

When you can’t get to the library to borrow books, try our eResources. You can access these from home with your library card and password / PIN

  • Road to IELTS: General  Access a self-study preparation course to help candidates prepare for the globally recognised IELTS exam. It tests English use at a general level.
  • World Book Discover  World Book Discover offers access to reference resources for reluctant readers, students with learning difficulties, adult literacy students or those who are learning English as a second language.

For more handy hints, check the following, which you’ll also find on our Adult Learners’ Week page –

Learning opportunities at our libraries in 2013 – Community connections

pampletIf you don’t know what Delicious and Pinterest are, or how you might enjoy using them – read on. Our Community Connections for Adults programme for the first half of 2013 is out and it is full of great learning opportunities in our Learning Centres. Under the themes of Get creative and Get comfortable with your computer you are sure to find something to suit you.

Explore the creative possibilities of your digital camera, get into blogging and writing or learn about Delicious and Pinterest. Learn about local Maori History while exploring our Ti Kouka Whenua website.

We have drop in sessions, Computers and Coffee for both beginners and beyond beginners. If you got an eBook reader for Christmas and you are struggling with it there are courses for you. Is the Social Network a mystery you want to explore? Again – courses for you.

There is also a Community Connections for Families programme.

We have learning centres at South Library, New Brighton, Upper Riccarton and Parklands. If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter we also advertise learning opportunities at other libraries in our network as they come along. And don’t forget – if you can’t make one of our courses but still have a question about using our computer resources our friendly librarians may be able to help you.