Just for kids

Not Just for kids, it could also be for nostalgic adults, especially if you were a fan of The Electric Company or Sesame Street. I fondly remember the start of The Electric Company theme tune “Hey you Guuyyys!” I was also a huge Count von Count fan.(Possibly due to the NZ band Head like a Hole’s song 12). I am definitely going check out some of the clips of Bert & Ernie as I am curious as to whether they are more than just best friends. Whilst checking out Sesame Street, I got to see Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch both very entertaining what kid wouldn’t love a cookie munching maniac and grouchy green thing that lives in a trash can. I also loved the Muppets when I was a child so the collection from the Jim Henson Company also appeals, it has two seasons of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.

It could be possible you want some time out, and your small person to be entertained for a bit with something educational. Just for kids has thousands of videos and interactive games covering a huge range of subjects – reading, science, arts and maths, ABCs and 123s. The website is a kid-safe environment, all content reviewed, vetted and ad-free. Easy to use, fully responsive and mobile friendly, you can entertain your tamariki on the go. If Sesame Street or The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss is not for your child, they may like Franklin the Turtle, The Berenstain Bears or Arthur.

TEDxChristchurch 2016

Open your ears and prepare to receive ideas, Ōtautahi, because another TEDx event is coming your way later this month.

TEDxChristchurch 2016

TEDx is the locally organised, independent version of those TED talks you find on YouTube. If you’ve ever been blown away by one of those then TEDxChristchurch might be the event for you, and better yet, we’ve got a way for you to enjoy it at the library, specifically Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

Starting on Saturday, 22 October we’ll be screening talks from the 2013 and 2015 TEDxChristchurch events on our big screen at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Morning sessions will run 11am-12:30pm and afternoon sessions run 2-3pm.

So pull up a seat and listen to talks covering all sorts of topics – music, architecture, science, feminism, democracy, language and more.

Big screen at library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Big screen at library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, Wednesday 27 July 2016. Flickr File Reference: 2016-07-27-IMG_5261

Then on Saturday, 29 October we will be livestreaming this year’s TEDx event from the Isaac Theatre Royal. This year’s speakers again cover the spectrum of academics, entertainers, researchers, creators, and innovators.

We’ll then continue with the programme of 2013 and 2015 talk screenings until 5 November.

Welcome Access Video!

ckey923530-AVOD-250wIf you are like me and only have poor person’s TV (not SKY) then you are constantly channel surfing and finding yourself stuck with cooking, renovation and dating shows. Well, surf no more – the library can now connect you to a new eResource – Access Video. It has over 10,000 world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject.

Personally I am in heaven, as though I may not have access to the History Channel I can now watch a number of history documentaries from a variety of sources including the BBC. I have even set up my own account so I can save videos I want to watch in future. Now don’t roll your eyes at the thought of “educational” films as they can be entertaining too. I defy you to open this eResource and not find something that takes your fancy. I had a wee look at a documentary on “Animals in Love” and went all gooey over the Orangutan kissing his partner’s eyes and the capuchin monkeys that throw rocks at the boys to get their attention … is that what I have been doing wrong?

This eResource will be a source of information, entertainment and mirth for all. What else can I say but lights, camera and action!

Access Video

TumbleBookCloud does not include a television

So I may or may not be in trouble with the spirit of Roald Dahl. You see he is quoted as saying:

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

So the questions is would he have been as upset with computer screens – even if they are there to convey the content of a book?  Maybe if I had shown him TumbleBookCloud he would have been forgiving? TumbleBookCloud is aimed at young adults but may also be of help to ESOL students. It contains:

  •  E-books: the classics such as Macbeth and modern publications such as Victorio’s War;
  • Read-alongs: full-length professional narration and highlighted text so you can follow such titles as The Great Gatsby or Battle of the Bands;
  • Graphic novels: If you like comics then witness the exploits of  Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur in all its glory;
  • Audiobooks: Hear George Orwell’s 1984 or the award-winning Born Confused ;
  • Videos: see a Muhammad Ali biography, explore the Mystery Of The Crop Circles or find out what Snail Zombies are!

This resource can be found through the catalogue and at the Source. It can be used at home as long as you have your library card number and PIN, or in any community library.

If you seek the same sort of resource but for a younger audience try TumbleBooks.

Christchurch on screen: DIY digital video

coverEveryone’s a shooter these days, trying out their camera’s movie functions with the extraordinary scenes that confront us in Christchurch.

For those people with iMovie, there’s a new book online from Safari Tech Books Online – one of the many free resources that your library card gives you access to – which gives you a step-by-step guide to the new version of this popular piece of software.

There are also a couple of dozen good titles on digital video editing, so there’s bound to be one to suit you.

And what do you do with your masterpiece when you’re finished? If it’s earthquake related, donate it to the library, or upload it to the Canterbury Earthquake Kete.

What we document today will be fascinating in the future, as these 1980s titles from NZ on Screen show:

Have you had a go at DIY digital video? Which are the best Christchurch videos you’ve seen lately?

Christchurch: words can not explain

Sometimes silence says it all. Which is why, I suspect, Civil Defence added no commentary to this video. It is brilliantly shot, and quite moving.


Source: Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) and licensed by MCDEM for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand Licence.

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