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Monday, April 14, 2014

Libraries Closed for Anzac Day (Friday 25th April)

All libraries will be closed for Anzac Day, Friday 25th of April. We re-open Saturday 26th of April. See the Library Hours page for opening times.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 11th April

Craft ideas for Easter

Craft ideas for Easter

If the weather ruins your plans for Easter and you’re looking for indoor activities, you could try some of these.

Spoonful has some cute ideas with instructions for decorating an egg, baking Easter bunny cupcakes, and Easter games. Kidspot has recipes and ideas for an Easter egg hunt. This is one for the serious crafter, 29 easy Easter crafts from ombré eggs to a marshmallow barnyard. Or, you could try baking your own hot cross buns and simnel cake.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Literature online problems

We are currently experiencing some problems with connecting to ebooks in Literature online database. Vendor is working on the issue.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Your Library Your Voice

The New Central Library (Ngā Kete Wānanga o Otautahi)

In 2011, when the Council's Share an Idea campaign first asked what the public wanted to see in a future library in the Central City, they mentioned things like vibrant, hi-tech, loud, huge and open late. Christchurch City Libraries has taken those ideas on board and, in 2017, we’re going to see the opening of Christchurch’s flagship New Central Library, right at the heart of our city in Cathedral Square.

It may be three years away, but it already belongs to you. Christchurch City Libraries wants a New Central Library that delights Christchurch for generations to come, and it’s important that you’re involved in these first steps. Here’s your chance. With the library’s design about to begin, the Council would love to hear your ideas and your dreams for your New Central Library.

Have your say from Friday 21 March. There will be a kiosk behind the Information Desk in the James Hight Library where you can find out more and share your ideas until the end of the month. Or visit Your Library, Your Voice to submit ideas, check out the discussions forums, quick polls, news updates and more.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Library Tower Race

After a hiatus of 3 years the Library Tower Race is back!

The race sees competitors sprint around the outside of the James Hight Library then race up 264 steps. This year the race was won by UC student Patrick Turner in a record breaking time of 1 minute and 29.5 seconds. The first woman home was Kathryn McLardy from UC Research and Innovation who completed the race in 2 minutes and 5.7 seconds, taking 14 seconds off the previous women’s records set by Alicia Evans in 2010. It’s not all about who’s fastest, entrants are encouraged to dress up and prizes are also given for the best costume.

Tower race 2014

Tower race 2014 - costume      Tower race 2014 - costume

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

eTV and the Chrome Browser

Recent upgrades to the Chrome Browser have created a number of problems; eTV is one service affected. The fix is easy - full details follow:

Important Technical Update
Video Not Playing with Google Chrome

Fix For This Issue
In recent weeks, due to new updates released for the Google Chrome Browser we have noticed an increase in support tickets in relation to the video player simply not appearing.
Upon investigation, we have discovered that the new Google update for Chrome causes the browser to force it to load pages as HTTPS (secure content only) rather than standard HTTP.
This means it looks at the eTV video player as 'non secure' and will not let it through. The player is safe and so is the content. There is an easy fix for this as follows.

1. Open up any video page in eTV.

2. Once the page is loaded and the video player does not appear, look at the address bar at the top of the page and on the left hand side you should see it start with HTTPS. On the right, a small grey shield will appear in the address bar.

3. Click on this small grey shield and a box will pop out asking if you wish to allow non-secure content through. Answer this question in the affirmative, yes and then ETV will be saved as a recognised provider in your browser settings and allow the video to play.

This issue does not fall within of our control and to encrypt all our videos to deliver in HTTPS is not a viable option for eTV.

We do stress once again that our content is safe, virus free, and will not harm your computer in any way.

We hope this will help should you see this issue.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Please don't leave your personal belongings unattended in the Library

in particular laptops, cellphones, wallets and backpacks. Unattended belongings attract thieves, and while many believe the risk to be small, it is real and such a loss can be devastating. Even for short trips to the copier, printer, or toilets, take them with you or have a friend sitting next to you watch them while you're gone. The library is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings.