Libraries have changed; everyone knows this. There are no shushing fingers, aisles of silence and stern librarians imparting knowledge (not sure there have ever been these, especially wearing spectacles down their noses and tweed skirts). The library is used by people from all areas of the community for so many different reasons.
Libraries are true community spaces, and I decided to test this out by wandering around Fendalton Library on a Thursday afternoon at 2pm. Here is a list of what I found in 5 minutes… It reads a little like the twelve days of Christmas:
9 people playing board games
10 knitters knitting
4 browsing the recent returns
7 using the wifi on their laptops
5 people reading
6 in the non-fiction section
someone skyping in Italian
a mother reading to her child in our oversized chair
5 students studying
a tutor teaching a young child maths
a group practicing conversational English
4 people issuing books
kids returning a mountain of picture books
2 people using the wifi on their phones
8 people on the public computers
1 on the photocopier
a boy making origami
1 shelver shelving
two trolleys being emptied
two help desks being used
and someone asking where the toilet is
Whew! All over this fair city, libraries are full, librarians are working hard and people are finding what they need, interacting with others, enjoying themselves and gaining and imparting knowledge. Not a bad place to work I guess.
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!
Non-fiction for every kids really, there’s some good stuff in there!
Fendalton Library is on the corner of Clyde and Jeffreys Road and is on the number 120 bus route. There’s off-street parking via Clyde Road and Jeffreys Road including disabled parking and bike stands outside library.
Like it or loathe it, Halloween is upon us once more. The journey of that old pagan tradition linked to the Northern hemisphere’s autumn festival of Samhain to its current 2 dollar shop plastic kitsch in this country (and others, to be fair) must be a tangled one. If lollies weren’t involved, would children still bother to dress up and go door to door? For a European perspective, you could try Sir James Frazer’s The Golden Bough, which will tell you far more than you thought you wanted to know about European pre-Christian mythology.
The idea of a celebration that includes dead family and friends doesn’t have to be morbid or a spooky one, as Halloween pretends to be. My favourite has to be the Mexican Day Of The Dead, which actually covers 3 days , from 31st October to 2nd November, and is celebrated with food, drink and remembering those who have passed away. Has to be better than Christmas Day with the in-laws, surely
Fendalton Library is having a Dia De Los Muertos display, from Friday 1st November, courtesy of Christchurch’s vibrant Mexican community; why not drop and have a look if you’re in the area? The library does have a book dedicated exclusively to El Dia De Los Muertos, if you wanted to find out more.
Since we’re heading into the festive season, why not check out the library resources on festivals.