Science Alive in the library

Christchurch City Libraries will be hosting lots of scientific fun this year. Working closely with Science Alive, ten of our libraries will  host  after school sessions.

In 2013 4000 children and adults attended these sessions which showcased fun activities like the amazing lightning ball (which literally made people’s hair stand on end) and making skeletons. Skilled presenters introduced children to the science behind these activities.

Science Alive is a not-for-profit trust is dedicated to promoting the value of science and technology to the public.

To find out where these free programmes are running this year check our Events calendar.  Something to look forward to later in the year are sessions showing children how to grow their own crystals (it’s the International Year of Crystallography).

This summer the trust  co-sponsored the Summertime Reading Adventure.  They also hosted 16 free sessions in libraries during January which were a roaring success. Nearly 400 kids of all ages enjoyed these.

In March our librarians will be heading out to the Under 5 Festival to tell stories as part of this Science Alive initiative to introduce preschoolers to science. Sounds like a lot of fun will be had.

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Reading Crusade: Picturing Canterbury

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Photo taken during the 2011 Reading Crusade. The Reading Crusade is on again for 2013 so get in amongst it.

Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 3

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Week 3 Challenge – Animals

This week on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’re challenging children to read an animal story.  It could be about a mouse like Stuart Little or Runaway Ralph, a horse like Bow Down Shadrach or Pony Club Secrets, a dog like Shadow or Hotel for Dogs, or a cat like The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Warriors series.  We have heaps of reading suggestions  and some cool books on offer, including some Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals books by Stacy Gregg.

To go into the draw, children need to go to the Christchurch Kids Blog and tell us their favourite fantasy book.   For more information about our Reading Crusade Challenges or for some great reading recommendations, check out the Christchurch Kids Blog.

Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 2

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Week 2 Challenge – Fantasy

This week on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’re challenging children to read a fantasy book.  It could be anything from Harry Potter to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Loblolly Boy to The Golden Compass.  We have heaps of reading suggestions  and some cool books on offer, including the brilliant new fantasy, The Emerald Atlas and a Beast Quest prize pack.

To go into the draw, children need to go to the Christchurch Kids Blog and tell us their favourite fantasy book.   For more information about our Reading Crusade Challenges or for some great reading recommendations, check out the Christchurch Kids Blog.

Join the 2011 Reading Crusade and win

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If your children love rugby and reading then they should join the 2011 Reading Crusade.  It’s a fun reading competition run by Christchurch City Libraries and the Crusaders rugby team.

Any children in Christchurch between 5-13 years can join in.  All they have to do is read six books, fill out a reading log and get a parent, teacher  or librarian to register their reading. Full details are available on the library website.

There are heaps of prizes, including weekly Reading Crusade Challenges on the library’s Christchurch Kids blog. Join in today!

Rugby mothers

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The blogger's son... in dirty shorts

Are your children doing the Christchurch City Libraries Reading Crusade?

Although based in schools, children can enter on their own behalf if their school is not registered. Although we are in the last few weeks, a quick reader could easily get their reading log in to me by 23 March. For more info visit the Reading Crusade area of the website or have a look at the blog.

My husband thinks I am the world’s most undeserving person to be in charge of the Reading Crusade. He fell about the floor laughing when I said I had been to the CRFU offices. He said: You don’t know anything about rugby!! Continue reading