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Monday, August 18, 2014

Image of the week: 17th August - 23rd August 2014

Rewi Alley

Rewi Alley (1897 - 1987) was born in Springfield Christchurch, named after Rewi Maniapoto, a great Ngāti Maniapoto leader.

Rewi Alley or 路易•艾黎 (pronounced as Lůyě Ŕilí) in Chinese; he was an educator, a writer and social reformer, but best known as a friend of China.

Journeys in Time is a 7 part documentary to commemorate the unique life of Alley in China for 6 decades.

Gung Ho - Rewi Alley of China, (Gung Ho means 'working together') a 5 part documentary depicting how Alley assisted the locals in a co-operative movement when China was under the siege from Japan in 1930s.

Rewi Alley: an autobiography or Rewi Alley from Canterbury to China will tell you more about his extra ordinary life.

Macmillan Brown Library holds: Rewi Alley Collections.

Look up the Library Catalogue for his published materials or search through Kā Kohika for his manuscripts and photographs.

Image credit: MB45, Rewi Alley papers, Reference code 11594, Rewi Alley, photographer Didby Spencer, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday free stuff - 15th August

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is found at

A database where you can search for artefacts and coins found in England and Wales by members of the public (most have been found from metal detecting). There are nearly 1 million objects in the database. While the artefacts are not ‘treasure’, they are nonetheless important in helping build up an understanding of the archaeology and history of England and Wales. The site uses open source software and is administered by the British Museum. Access to the database is free, but you’ll need to create a username and password.

Image courtesy of The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Librarians' picks for August: A selection of nerdy but fun titles

From the mathematical secrets of the Simpsons to images of the oldest living things in the world – we think we have something to tempt any self-respecting nerd.

See our selection of nerdy but fun titles here.

Monday, August 04, 2014

World Press Photo Exhibition (2nd - 24th August 2014)

The World Press Photo Exhibition is being held in the Central Library from the 2nd - 24th August 2014

This touring exhibition showcases an award-winning collection of the most powerful, poignant and inspiring press photographs from around the globe. The photos included in the exhibition are the winners of the World Press Photo Contest and each highlights a key news story or global issues from the previous year.

Open to view daily on Levels 2 and 3 of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight

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.