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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.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Libraries Closed for Easter Break

All libraries will be closed from Friday, 18th April until Tuesday 22nd April (inclusive). We reopen on Wednesday, 23rd April. See the Library Hours page for opening times.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 4th April

Internet Archive

Internet Archive

provides permanent storage of digitised material including websites, music, moving images, and over 6 million open access ebooks. All material is freely available. Members of the public can upload material, though the majority is collected automatically by web crawlers. The Wayback Machine is vast, archiving over 150 billion webpage captures and allowing people to view archived webpages. The archive can be searched using keyword or browsed by collection.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Daylight Saving Ends Sunday, 6th April

Don't forget to put your clock back an hour before you go to bed this Saturday as Daylight Saving Ends on Sunday, 6th April.

Literature online problems

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

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 28th March

World Digital Library (WDL)

World Digital Library

was launched in 2009 by the Library of Congress and a number of partner institutions. The aim of the site is to create an easily accessible collection of ‘significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.’ There is content available for every UNESCO country, it includes books, maps, motion pictures, photographs, and more. Navigating and searching the site is easy with 5 browse options: place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution. Items can also be viewed on a map of the world with the number of items displaying by broad geographic area. The majority of the content is from Europe, Africa, and South America. The site is well worth a look.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 21st March

US Government Printing Office - Catalogue of free ebooks

US Government printing office

provides access to titles in the GPOs catalogue of US Government Publications. Over 100 titles are currently available with new titles being added every month. So far content is varied with a number of health science (mainly patient information) and politics titles included.

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.

Multisearch outage

There are currently some intermittent problems with searching in Multisearch. Searching can result in blank page. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 14th March

TKI Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi

the online knowledge basket is a bilingual website for New Zealand schools containing a wealth of curriculum-based resources. Funded by the Ministry of Education, the site is divided into community areas including Maori education, the New Zealand curriculum and subject areas, e-learning and special education. Within each specific curriculum area you will find teaching materials, assessment tools, and resources for professional development. TKI is a valuable site for teachers and teacher trainees looking for ideas and resources.

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

Friday, March 07, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 7th March

Hour of Code

is a fun way to learn the basics of computer programming.

With the tech industry concerned at the lack of young people taking up coding, the Hour of Code has been created to show that in 60 minutes you can learn the basics of computer programming and have fun. It consists of a selection of 60-minute tutorials including one where you make an angry bird catch a green pig. So far over 28 million people have tried the Hour of Code.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tower Race - postponed

Unfortunately due to the current weather conditions the 2014 Tower Race will be postponed until Wednesday 12th March. The current conditions would make it unsafe for you to complete the race safely and we have no intention of making you stand out in the rain and wind! The time and details will remain the same the only change is the date.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 28th February

Open access art

Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in the United States provides open access to over 32,000 images. The database can be searched using ‘Advanced Search’ or browsed by collection (including frequently requested images.) Images can be downloaded in high resolution or added to a folder called a ‘Lightbox’, this feature allows you to save, share and download multiple images at one time. Registration is required to download images. See the NGA policy for how images may be used.

Walters Art Museum contains over 18,000 images available via Wikimedia Commons. Each image includes conservation and exhibition histories. You will find images of art from pre-dynastic Egypt through to 20th century Europe.

Yale University have made images from their cultural collections freely available. The collection is large, with over 250,000 images.

In partnership with hundreds of museums and cultural institutions the Google Art Project makes many thousands of high resolution images available online. Some of the images are not open access, so you will need to check the website of the respective museum or collection.